Timisoara Saracens was qualified in Champions Challenge Cup, after winning Saturday and the return match with Calvisano, 28-17 (no. 36-23 in tour), the play-off competition. Recovered from a slight injury which kept him away from golf a week, Valentin Calafeteanu, author of 13 points, was declared “Man of the Match” from the Stadio Peroni. The scrum spoke in an interview for frr.ro on this historic qualification to Timisoara, the goal that the team has for groups Challenge Cup.
How was the return match Calvisano?
It was a match we tried to control it from the beginning, because I was aware that if we will let you play will take courage and come over us. I started hard, closed the first half was one, did not give too many points. In the second were those moments where we were headed, after scoring essay, but since then we started to accelerate and we managed to give two touchdowns every five minutes and we went to 20-10. After that I continued to play and try to put as many points on the table.
You have not repeated the mistake of the tour …
No, fortunately I learned all of what happened in the first leg. I’m glad this match we knew how to manage, to control the game, to be constant, not to have that fall I had in Timisoara. I went to Italy to win and we played for this.
What it means qualification for you?
A skilled labor, which was prepared five years, for which everyone closed ranks. I’m glad I managed this performance because last year we went through difficult moments, especially at the end of 2015, but we managed to stick together and be a team. It is not only important qualification for Timisoara, but for all of Romania, a qualification that requires us very much and we hope to do a great surprise and further.
You’re back after a week of rest. It was hard to get straight into the game?
I had an inflammation of the adductor and made a break mica.Ma glad I could be on the court 80 minutes and I could help the team. This is all that matters!
How did you celebrate?
Not much. The most important is that after this game we released the pressure, because this qualification groups was the main objective of this year. Whether playing in the Romanian Cup, we all in this play-off we thought. I received many congratulations, everyone was happy and we appreciated the performance.
Tell me, please, that was the hardest moment in this qualification?
Last 15-20 minutes of the match with Calvisano tour, at home. I had an advantage of 33-6 and 60 minutes, practically upon us and gave us three touchdowns, ours was a glitch. In a way it was better because the difference was only 13 points and that made us go more motivated and more focused in Italy.
What do you propose for groups Challenge Cup?
(Laughs) I would like first to know that we will have teams in the group. But it’s normal to have a goal because otherwise we would not have any motivation to participate. We want very much to get wins in matches that we played at home, even though it will be very difficult. But we have a lot valuable, with many players with international experience and valuable.
After fulfilling the most important objective, there is motivation for the other?
Qualification was only the first step towards this competition and slowly we must prepare as better land. We are aware that we will not meet affordable teams, as happened in preliminary groups and play-off matches we will wait countries. We got the qualification, but our game was not 100%, so we still have work to do. In addition, now we need to focus on internal competition, have a name, trophies and this device is only through teamwork. We must not go to sleep, as we met the primary and the rest does not matter. All matches that we have, we have to prepare and play them with the thought of us grow the game.
Vali, how you felt this level of competition, given that you played much in the Challenge Cup with Wolves Bucharest?
I can still make a comparison, it’s pretty hard to talk to a certain level, perhaps in the fall, when we play in groups. We must be realistic, Calvisano now no longer the team against whom I played with Wolves Bucharest, and I knew that, so I said all along that we are favorites. However, this does not meant that we saw winners and we have not done anything. We have achieved victories raise our game, but we still have much work.
Let us return to the national championship, the Romanian Cup. Friday, you play with Politehnica Iasi …
Yes, but 80% of the team that was in Calvisano, will not go to Iasi. Help us that we have a lot more valuable and quantitatively and qualitatively so we can rest rotation because it was a busy period for us, with three matches in a week. Go to Iasi with the objective of taking five points and make a good match. Romanian Cup is important to us because we have to defend the trophy won last year.