That your water carriers are referred to as Thierry Dusautoir (80 caps with the XV of France and a World Cup ultimate in 2011) and Richie McCaw (148 caps with the Blacks, two world champion titles in 2011 and 2015) , that your assistant coaches are Christian Califano (71 alternatives with the Blues, a world ultimate in 1999) and Matt Giteau (103 alternatives with the Wallabies and two World Cup finals in 2003 and 2015) and that your final penalty shootouts had been orchestrated by Jonny Wilkinson (91 alternatives with the XV of England and a title in 2007) will at all times rely rather less than rugby and the battle for his shirt.
query of era
These oval stars had been clearly not there by probability. The week had been marked out till D-Day of the derby for the filming of the documentary sequence, Terrain Favorable, financed by Société Générale (see elsewhere). Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir supported the SPUC of Saint-Pée when Matt Giteau and Christian Califano had been alongside Ciboure. Jonny Wilkinson didn’t select a camp however had led a penalty shootout for the scorers of each groups a number of days earlier than the match.
This extraordinary context in addition to the 600 spectators current and the 8 cameras filming the match add their extraordinary contact to this match, whether or not you might be on the sphere or on the sidelines. “I believe we’re all 10 years outdated right this moment, slips Julien, within the line that leads him to fulfill the 5 former internationals for some photographs earlier than the sport. With François and Robbie, they’re nearly happier than their sons who accompany them. “There is no such thing as a Dupont or Kolbe? “, asks Jakes, 7 years outdated who had nevertheless been briefed by his father. “That is the place you are taking a slap, continues Julien. These gamers are extra our era than theirs. However we are going to solely see them as soon as. »
It’s exactly for this privilege of approaching these gamers coming from so distant that David and Nadège arrived from the Landes. “At first I assumed it was a joke. To have these rugby legends here’s a actual probability, ”savors Nadège, whose portrait of McCaw sits in her workplace.
“By no means so many individuals”
Whereas the stands are filling up visibly, the membership’s minims are treading the garden for a match earlier than the match. “A dad informed me that his baby hadn’t been capable of eat this afternoon, on the thought of taking part in in entrance of those stars”, slips Alexandre Ollivon, chief of the SPUC and brother of Charles, exactly writer of an essay on the similar second in opposition to Japan, on a move from one other native man, Maxime Lucu. “On TV, I felt like McCaw and all, they had been giants. However in actual fact it is positive, ”analyzes Xan, 13 years outdated. “Dusautoir, it is nonetheless thick…”, retorts Peio.
Within the altering rooms, the scent of camphor takes you by the throat. The shirts are out, the strain is rising and the faces are closed. The previous All Black captain speaks, translated by his counterpart from the XV of France: “I didn’t know a lot about French rugby and with this door that you just opened to me at dwelling, I found it higher. Thanks for that. For the remainder, it’s a must to preserve the pleasure of being there, collectively, as a result of that is rugby. Give all the pieces you could have and I might nearly prefer to be in your home to nonetheless expertise these very particular sensations. And SPUC captain Thomas Olabe added: “Maybe there’ll by no means be so many individuals in Saint-Pée once more! We should ship one another, collectively. »
Reverse, Ciboure essentially has much less strain. However the guests should handle to return a few of its normality to the assembly. They might have discovered it within the phrases of the speeches. They lastly inform the identical tales of solidarity, envy, delight and friendship whether or not they’re proclaimed in a Regional 2 or nationwide group locker room. “If we win, will probably be primarily due to me and to not ‘Cali'”, tries Matt Giteau to convey somewhat smile earlier than kick-off. True to his character, the Australian will flip a number of occasions in the course of the match to Jonny Wilkinson, seated within the stands, to problem him: “Is quantity 7 your brother? He simply talks! Hush! »
Third half too
On the finish of 80 minutes, the SPUC emerged victorious (18-13). “We shortly get caught up within the recreation. We needed it to win for this group that we do not know a lot about however that we have been following all week,” confides Thierry Dusautoir. “I might have favored to win however I desire to have lived this distinctive week. We nonetheless take a degree and there will likely be a return match, with out the celebrities however we will likely be prepared, ”warns Ciboure captain Xabi Iralde.
This Monday morning, the cameras will likely be gone, the legends too. No matter, Matt Giteau, Thierry Dusautoir and Christian Califano had deliberate to remain some time. That is good, quite a lot of gamers had put their day down to increase the magic of the previous week by a number of hours. As a result of the third half can also be shared, with or with out choice.