Aware of the big exit experienced by the XV of France against Ireland in Marseille, number 8 and captain of the Blues Grégory Alldritt is awaiting a collective reaction this Saturday in Scotland.
The conditions were very wet this Friday in Edinburgh, for the last training session. What can this change?
It was quite cold for the installation, it’s true. But tomorrow, apparently, will be different. We are close to the sea, we know that that can change quickly. It shouldn’t be 20 degrees but we hope the weather will be dry. Afterwards, we are used to playing all season, adapting to the conditions. It may be necessary to restrict certain notions of our game but that will not change too much.
Do you feel that the context is special after the heavy defeat against Ireland?
Of course, it’s special. The start of the week was complicated, we all had a headache. We had rarely been humiliated like last week. We are keen to have a big match, to take the initiative, to offer play and to defend as we have done for four years. Not like last weekend. We want to show our true colors.
Can we talk about revenge?
Perhaps revenge on ourselves. We have a lot of pride. We are proud to wear this jersey and when there are performances like that, it stings us. We see the reactions of supporters while we play to make them proud… This was not the case last week. We want to catch up and also find each other. I am convinced that we have everything we need to achieve this. We didn’t transform in two months… There was a big gap in the road but that’s where we see the great teams, in their ability to not repeat it two weekends in a row. We will have to take our responsibilities.
Is Murrayfield the ideal place to bounce back?
There is no right or wrong place. We all know it will be complicated. There is never an easy match against Scotland. It will be a big fight, against a team that plays a lot, which has exceptional X factors. We are warned, we must focus on us, on having a reaction. The Scots will do everything to hurt us tomorrow.
How did you experience this week as captain?
It’s weird but these are perhaps the easiest weeks to manage when you’re captain. There wasn’t a satisfied player, not one who wasn’t motivated and invested. You had to focus on yourself already. There was a great relationship with the staff this week, we worked hand in hand. I think we’re ready.
We know that you have Scottish origins. Is there even more excitement to come to Edinburgh in this new role?
No, not really to be honest. I’m proud to be captain, to play at Murrayfield in front of my family. But I mainly focused on rugby this week and left the rest to the side. My priority was the field. I didn’t think about all that. Maybe there will be more emotions tomorrow.