Bet: Toulon -21
17th day of TOP 14.
Toulon played bad at the beginning of the season before waking up before the truce. They beat Bordeaux 36-12 and Treviso 36-0! Toulon is now in the TOP 6 but only one point ahead of the 7th, the LOU.
Guirado and Levan Chulachava are in selection. Tuisova is suspended. Belleau was sanctioned by its president for his night out with the French Team. Samu Manoa, Charles Ollivon, Juandre Kruger, Swan Rebbad, Jonah Placid and Mamuka Gorgodze are injured. Bastareaud, Bonneval, Trinh-Duc and Taoffifenua were released by the XV of France and will start.
Lock Dave Atwood, medical joker of Ollivon, will start for the first time. The team is very strong in front. Behind also, it’s very heavy.
Stade Français is only 11th with 4 points ahead of Agen. Parisians will receive Agen next week! The coaches have decided to rest several usual starters like like Ensor, O’Connor and Waisea. Djibril Camara, Rémy Bonfils, Sakaria Taulafo, Antoine Burban and Sylvain Nicolas are injured. Sergio Parisse, Zurab Zhvania, Arthur Coville, Paul Gabrillagues and Giorgi Melikidze are on international duties.
It is a lot of players out for this team which has not a big bench.. The prop Elies El Ansari (20 years old) will start for the first tim. The pack of forward is not bad with a nice back rows but behind it is weak. McLeod is way too slow. Yobo and Martial do not have the level .. Millet it not a top layer .. On the bench, there is nobody to cover the positions of 11 to 15 .. Away, Stade Français has already lost heaviy like in Clermont (33-20), Castres (28-6) or Toulouse (53-17). Parisians remain on a loss 40-5 at home against Pau.
Toulon must win and take a maximum of points against Parisians certainly more focused on the meeting next weekend. The only risk is the rain but it should be light.