Philippe Saint-Andre noticed his first recreation in command of floundering Montpellier finish in a 24-20 defeat by Lyon on Wednesday however the former France coach vowed to maintain the group within the elite Prime 14 even when it meant surviving on “three, 4 hours sleep”.
Saint-Andre, who had been the membership’s director of rugby, was named head coach as properly after Xavier Garbajosa was sacked final week.
Nevertheless, Wednesday’s defeat — their eighth in 11 video games this season — left Montpellier second from backside of the desk.
“I had forgotten what it was prefer to sleep three or 4 hours, to assume solely concerning the administration of the group,” stated Saint-Andre who was French nationwide coach from 2011-2015.
“I’m right here for 16 video games, to maintain Montpellier within the Prime 14. We cannot hand over till the final day.
“It is an exhausting job, a job for younger folks. However I’ll do my 15 hours a day and cease on the finish of June. That is the deal I made with my household.”
Montpellier trailed 21-7 to play-off hopefuls Lyon at half-time at Stade Gerland earlier than dominating the second interval to safe a shedding bonus level.
Skipper and fly-half Jean-Marc Doussain, scrum-half Jonathan Pelissie and back-rower Patrick Sobela scored Lyon’s three tries, all within the first interval.
Georgian prop Levan Chilachava, within the thirty third minute, and a Forty fourth-minute rating for substitute fly-half Vincent Martin gave Montpellier their two tries.
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