On the finish of the suspense, the Portuguese snatched their qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which is able to happen in France (September 8 – October 28). The lads of Frenchman Patrice Lagisquet drew towards america (16-16) on Friday in Dubai. The final ticket nonetheless accessible for this World Cup was at stake. The Lobos (Wolves, in Portuguese) validated their participation due to their distinction in factors, larger than that of the Individuals (113 towards 96).
After the celebrations on Friday, the gamers returned on Saturday. Samuel Marques (33, Carcassonne), scrum half and writer of the decisive penalty on the final minute, and Mike Tadjer (33, Perpignan), hooker, return to this main feat. The roommates speak about their emotion and their satisfaction in having led Portugal to their second World Cup, after that of 2007, already in France.
The sport situation
Samuel Marques: “It was difficult to play. There was a whole lot of humidity, perspiration on the ball. We could not make passes. There was pressure on each side. We knew we have been going to play our luck to the fullest. Our qualification isn’t stolen. The forwards did an excellent job. The turning level of the match was this scrum 5m from our line (77′). If we’re penalized, it’s misplaced for us. However we handle to come back again residence, we make a drop that hits the publish. Then, I handed the draw penalty. I knew we’d nonetheless have a chance, we put it within the background. »
Mike Tadjer: “There was a whole lot of stress earlier than the match. On the bottom, we competed in conquest and in fight on the bottom. Within the second half, we have been extra cornered in our camp. However we remained assured, it was essential. We had labored on totally different end-of-match eventualities through the week. At 13-16, I nonetheless believed in it. I had confidence in our three quarters. As soon as I obtained off I skilled issues otherwise on the bench. It was a whole lot of feelings. I had my head in my arms and I used to be crying whereas Samuel’s penalty had not but handed. »
The profitable penalty
Samuel Marques: “It is one of many hardest kicks of my profession. I had a whole lot of weight on my shoulders. Portugal had been ready for qualification since 2007. I attempted not to consider it. Truthfully, I skilled it properly. I used to be assured, I ignored the surface stress. I managed to apprehend this kick like every other. I sort 100 every week much like this one. However, fortunately I put it on, it will have been very difficult to reside in any other case (smile). »
Mike Tadjer: “With Sam, we performed a yr collectively in Brive (2017-2018) and we have been collectively within the nationwide workforce for 3-4 years. He is a dependable goalscorer, he is superb at it. I had little doubt that he might move it. I trusted him. This penalty was comparatively straightforward for a scorer (35m towards the poles), however with the stress, you by no means know. As they are saying, he carried his c… As soon as his kick goes by means of, every part comes out: our disappointments to qualify, my severe harm from final season, all our work… ”
The Portuguese undertaking
Samuel Marques: “The entire group was hooked on the undertaking proposed by Patrice (Lagisquet, the coach since 2019), with a whole lot of motion and younger individuals who just like the ball. We have now been working properly for 3 years and we’re placing every part in place to succeed. We have now already had encouraging defeats. We misplaced narrowly towards lovely nations, like Georgia (23-14). We rating a whole lot of tries. There have been encouraging factors. We have been certain of ourselves. »
Mike Tadjer: “We have had a whole lot of ups and downs lately. We misplaced towards Spain (qualifying match, 23-28, in March). We fell from above, it was an emotional carry. We have now labored arduous for the previous 4 years. We should render to Caesar what’s Caesar’s. Patrice has accomplished an excellent job since his arrival. We have now a really good three-quarter line, which works quick and is technically robust. Most play in France, in High 14, Professional D2 or Nationwide. »
Samuel Marques: “It is arduous to attain. It is nonetheless somewhat chilly. We obtained a whole lot of congratulatory messages. Little by little, we’re starting to understand this. We’re completely satisfied to have achieved this feat. The World Cup continues to be a bit far, we’ll get into it little by little. We began serious about it yesterday (Saturday). It is a dream for any rugby participant. It’s a aid. We have been engaged on it for 3 years. It’s the realization of a complete undertaking. We managed to do it, it is unimaginable. It was essential to qualify for everybody, us, the gamers, and rugby in Portugal. »
Mike Tadjer: “It is arduous to attain, it is loopy. We see all of the messages on social networks, the movies of the penalty, the abstract of the match, the final three minutes… It is unimaginable. For me, who’s on the finish of my profession, it is a fruits. I will do a World Cup with my nation of origin, on my place of origin. It’s all the extra lovely. Each 4 years, I watched the World Cup on TV. I assumed it was enormous, with the stadiums full, the anthems… After we began producing sport, I began serious about it. We began speaking about us. I’ve a small profession behind me, just a few matches, Friday was an important of my life. This World Cup is the fruits of my whole profession. »