The third line impressed in his first match under the colors of Toulouse.
Operation seduction. We praised in our Monday edition the express adaptability of this newcomer, from his first official match. To tell the truth, it seemed to us then that the player from Bordeaux had been wearing the Stade jersey for years. But the third line was quick to cut short the fire: “It’s the guys on a daily basis – whether it’s the staff or the players – who make me feel good. So it translates to the field. But I still have a lot of progress to make, especially in my circulation. Sometimes I felt like I was running around and not always being very efficient. But I feel pretty good and if it shows from the outside, it’s good. »
An adaptation also facilitated by the fact that high-level players arrive less and less in unknown territory: “Through the youth selections, I knew a lot of guys, even the rookies. This allowed me to build links faster. »
A profile adapted to the Toulouse game
There was therefore Sunday evening in Bordeaux the way and the result with success in his first match and against his former club. This is good because the 25-year-old is the type to move forward. He chose the Stadium for its aura and its record: “It’s a club that means a lot to me. The way the club tries to play, to produce the game, is something that can suit me and it is a club that is hyper-titled and has an incredible reputation in Europe. So, it’s a new challenge to try to regain titles if possible. »
Similarly, he sees competition as an axis of progress: “It was already the case in my old club with international players, it is still the case here. It’s the competition that makes you progress and makes you want to try to do better every morning. I have the chance to rub shoulders with guys who play at the international level so I have something to inspire me. »
Everything is going very quickly for the slender third line (1.98 m for 102 kg) who, as a touch specialist, has already become a touch captain: “The general principles and movements remain the same in all clubs. . It’s just the coding that’s different. At first it changed me a bit and I had a little trouble imagining the key because I was using numbers and here it is something different. But it happened pretty quickly with rehearsal and practice. »
More jumper and runner than penetrating and player on the ground, Alexandre Roumat was also chosen by Toulouse for this profile. He loves movement and his body language is one of his main qualities. Explanations of the person concerned: “I have always been passionate about passing rather than carrying the ball, even if necessarily, you have to know how to do both at the highest level. And I had the chance, when I was younger, to play Basque pelota, which is a sport of skill. So I was always raised in the sport of balls, speed, passes. That’s perhaps a bit why I’ve been able to acquire a certain technique over the years that now allows me to have fun, to get others to play. Did you say Basque pelota? Let’s take the pelota to the leap to evoke this famous chistera in Bordeaux for the test of Lebel. Listening to the third line, it was very natural: “I tried to beat the defender with my left hand. That’s why I had the ball in my right hand. I tried it, it worked. »
And that’s how the new Toulouse is making a name for himself in rugby. After Olivier his father, Alexandre. And the latter recognizes that the filiation is also rugby: “My father played a rather incredible role in the sense that he was able to advise me without ever putting pressure on me. He always told me to do what I liked. He has the role of adviser, best friend, brother. Which means that, quite frequently, we call each other and we debrief rugby. It also feels good to have an outside opinion in addition to those of my teammates, coaches. And he always knew how to leave me quite free and far enough from his past. What makes that compared to that, I never had any pressure. »
There is only one thing on which Olivier Roumat did not want to compromise: the nickname. “Tell him that there is only one La Roume. laughs Alexander. So, the latter is content with “Roume”…
When Olivier Roumat put an end to the hegemony of Stade
It’s a time that those (all generations combined) who discovered rugby with Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack ignore. In 1998, Olivier Roumat, father of Alexandre, then a Stade Français player, put an end to five years of unchallenged domination of Stade Toulousain, title holders in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. Four years, eleven months and twenty-one days had passed since the last elimination of the Stade in the championship of France. That day, in the semi-final in Brive, the Stade Français had not done things by halves (39-3). And Olivier Roumat had beaten Didier Lacroix. At Stade Toulousain, we certainly prefer to remember the times when the club previously beat Dax, his former club.
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