“You never really digest a defeat,” blows Laurent Travers.
The manager of Racing 92 keeps in the corner of his head the disappointing performance of his players in Biarritz last weekend (28-19 defeat).
“We lacked consistency, commitment, but we also managed to score three tries in difficult conditions,” he adds.
We would have deserved something else, but we must quickly switch to the rest.
And the rest is Lyon, this Saturday at 5 pm at Paris La Défense Arena.
A shock against another big team, 2nd in the standings with also two (large) victories and one defeat on the clock.
“Lyon, every year, it's the same thing.
It's a very difficult team to maneuver, with power and speed.
They have big ambitions, but like 10 or 12 clubs this year, ”analyzes Laurent Travers.
His third line, Wenceslas Lauret, is also wary of Pierre Mignoni players.
"They are very good at conquering, in the rucks, they expose themselves very little at home," he warns.
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Ben Arous and Chavancy in recovery phase
Stung to the quick by the "little pants" received in Biarritz, Wenceslas Lauret promises to be "more aggressive" this Saturday.
"It was mainly the commitment that we missed," approves the young winger Donovan Taofifenua.
Everyone will want to correct the mistakes of last weekend, to put more concentration, energy and aggressiveness ”.
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For this shock, "the infirmary is slowly emptying," says Laurent Travers.
But Racing 92 will always be deprived of its pillar Eddy Ben Arous and its captain Henry Chavancy, both in the recovery phase and who will join the group "next week or the one after".
Still no Teddy Thomas either.
The international winger has exams to pass.
“He felt something on an acceleration, we are not going to take any risks,” explained Laurent Travers.