Boudjellal left fuming by Toulon display
March 28, 2011
Biarritz wing Takudzwa Ngwenya celebrates after scoring against Bayonne at the weekend © Getty Images
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal branded his players as "spoilt children" and claimed they deserved to be docked wages following their 18-12 loss away to Castres on Friday night.
The controversial Toulon boss told Var Matin that he had been disappointed with the performances of some players during the season and would tell them directly if coach Philippe Saint-André did not.
"The fault goes back to everyone," Boudjellal stormed. "Here we are spoilt children. We all live in comfort. We are nice and friendly and don't know how to kill. Some players were ill, absent or disappointing. They do not deserve all their wages because they haven't been playing on the right level. If Philippe does not tell them, I'll tell them myself during the week. If they get upset and become nasty, then all the better. I'm not satisfied with the performances of some."
Toulouse coach Guy Noves refused to make excuses after watching his side comprehensively dismantled by Racing Metro 43-21 on Saturday. "We submitted to the force and power of Racing," Noves told Midi Olympique. "Were our internationals tired after the Six Nations? I didn't get the impression that Nallet was backing down one bit.
"It's a big setback. The result was logical but the head still hurts. We are all concerned by this result: players, managers and coaches. We need to ask ourselves a few questions and respond."
Meanwhile veteran Biarritz fly-half Julien Pyrelongue has claimed that 2011 could be the year for the Basque side following their storming 40-10 win over neighbours Bayonne in San Sebastian. It was Peyrelongue's 16th derby match of his career and although delighted with the win, he insisted there was a lot more to come from them.
"I think we have something big going on here," Peyrelongue told Sudouest. "The core of the team has been the same for about eight years now. Then you have guys like Sylvain Marconnet and the experience they bring to the team.
"Something clicked against Racing Metro a few weeks ago and we had a big game. We realised we had potential. It's been a while since we were in the top six but what interests me is where we are at the end of April."
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