Toulon – renew with victory in Top 14
Freshly qualified in Champions Cup, Toulon comes in front of their fans after two defeats in Top 14 (18-13 vs Toulouse and 20-12 vs Brive). And just before a competition break due to 6 Nations Championships they have to take advantage of their weakened opponents. So Toulon – Bordeaux-Bègles today at 14.45 at Stade Mayol.
Toulon – Bordeaux-Bègles
(Most recent H2H result: 27-30)
- 5th in Top 14 with only one point ahead their opponents, Toulon desperately needs a victory today in order to widen the gap and to have calm holidays. They easily qualified for the semi finals in Champion Cup and will meet Munster in march. But in Top 14 Toulon has no right for any error today as their main goal are the playoffs. Even if some players are already in preparation with their national teams, Toulon is probably one of the most complete teams in Top 14. We will see today on the field Escande, Trinh-Duc, Ashton, Etrillard, Monribot, Chiocchi.
- 8th in Top 14 and eliminated from Challenge Cup last week, Bordeaux comes in Toulon with a lot of missing players. In fact their manager Jacques Brunel was named at the head of French national rugby team at least for the 6 Nations Championships. And for that reason their key players Jalibert, Serin, Poirot and Tauleigne will miss the game, being called in the national team. Some others are injured – Lesgourgues, Hickey, Maynadier and Talebula – and there are enough reasons to see that Bordeaux will have a difficult game.
- Even if both teams have each one their list of missing players, Toulon is the one with a solid bench and more experience. They have more players able to make the difference and the team is on a positive note since some time.
Prediction: Toulon -8.5, odds: 1.70
Toulon - Bordeaux-Bègles