Top 14 – Opinion du Midol: “The Little Mermaid” or how Oyonnax sank a meeting within reach

Without realism, the Oyomen lost narrowly again, this time at home, against the Parisians, who did not ask for much.

The Little Mermaid, camped on a rock in Copenhagen’s harbor, evokes a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Another little mermaid, the one that marks the end of each half at the Stade Charles-Mathon, may have also allowed the Stade français to write a beautiful story, or even save it from drowning, as the Oyomen prepared to return to the dressing room. at the break with a lead of thirteen points.

This Sirenoise siren thus accompanied the final offensive of the Parisians in the first period, in which Oyonnax dominated. At the end of the attack, Julien Delbouis scored with a try under the posts to bring Stade français to six points. “During the first half we took penalty after penalty because we didn’t stick to our game plan. We made it difficult by trying to play balls that shouldn’t have been played when we should have been more patient.” acknowledges Joris Segonds without emphasis “And that try was scored at the end of the first half. It’s this kind of action that shows our character.”

Caught in the pressure

We might add “and that will change the course of the match”. Oyomen dominated for forty minutes and let the pressure catch them. Those who scored 16 points during the first act were satisfied with the penalty, while Stade Français increased their jackpot by thirteen units, even scoring at the second attempt.

It was indeed this new siren song from Mathon at the end of the match that sent Oyonnax into a frenzy and allowed him to win a scrum penalty whistled in favor of the Stade français, but the Oyomen lacked that air of realism that they sometimes have. enough to change it. Top 14 is not a story.

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