Edinburgh – La Rochelle
Full Event Away (ML) @ 1.555 5/10 PINNACLE
Rugby Union / Challenge cup / Kick off: 31 Mar 2017, 19:00
Only ninth of Pro 12 with eight defeats in the last nine games, Edinburgh counts on the Challenge Cup to save his season. The Scots will have, moreover, a surplus of motivation because the final will take place in Murrayfield.
Edinburgh finished first of the Pool 5 with only one defeat. The men of Duncan Hodge struggled to get rid of Harlequins (36-35) and Stade Français (28-23) at home. FAgainst the Parisians, they were largely dominated during all the first half which ended with a 20-3 in favor of the Stadistes. Gonzalo Quesada had decided to set up a very large turnover. The second half was totally different. They quickly returned to 15-20 (54th). The red card of Burleigh (56th) did not stop the fantastic rise of the Scots who won by 5 points.
Against the Quins, the opposite occurred. Edinburgh largely dominated the first act (31-14) before sinking after the break (5-21). The British were even ahead of the score until Brown’s try (73).
In the league, Edinburgh has a record of 3 wins for 6 losses on its pitch. Several times, they have lost largely as against the Leinster (20-33) and against Glasgow (12-25). They remain on four setbacks in a row at home!
Edinburgh is without two right props WP Nel and Allan Dell and its left prop Alasdair Dickinson. Magnus Bradbury, Jack Cosgrove, John Hardie, Nasi Manu, Rory Sutherland, Ben Toolis are also injured.
Nothing seems to stop La Rochelle in recent weeks. Leaders of the TOP 14, the Maritimes remain on twelve consecutive victories in all competitions. They produce a high quality game. During this series, they exceeded the threshold of 30 points scored 7 times. They won in Toulon (20-23), Racing (15-38), Toulouse (21-27) and Pau (13-23).
The Stadistes are well ahead of the TOP 14 (11 points ahead of Clermont) and can therefore afford to play the Challenge Cup seriously.
By setting up turnovers, the Maritimes managed to finish in second place of their group, a point behind Gloucester. They won easily at Treviso (10-41), Bayonne (14-24) and at home against Gloucester (42-13).
Patrice Collazo decided to set up a slight turnover for this match. Januarie, Pelo and Atonio are at rest. Graham, Kieft, Bouldoire, Lacroix and Amosa are injured. The usual starters Vito and Qovu will start on the bench.The team is nevertheless very solid with a powerful pack and a very fast back line.
Edimbourg : 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Ross Ford (c), 1 Murray McCallum
16 Stuart McInally, 17 Kyle Whyte, 18 Kevin Bryce, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliami Fihaki, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Glenn Bryce
La Rochelle : 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Steeve Barry, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Eliott Roudil, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Arthur Retière, 8 Kévin Gourdon, 7 Levani Botia, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Jason Eaton (c), 3 Mohamed Boughanmi, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel
16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Lekso Kaulashvili, 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Alexi Bales, 22 Brock James, 23 Benjamin Noble
I expect an away win. I may livebet on this game.