Bet: Castres +5.5
Decisive match for the top 6 between Bordeaux and Castres. Start at 12h30.
Bordeaux is 9th with 10 points behind the sixth LOU who has one more match. At home, the Girondins are still unbeaten this season in TOP 14.
06.01.18 T14 Bordeaux Bègles Lyon OU 19 : 10
23.12.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles Stade Rochelais 29 : 19
25.11.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles CA Brive 27 : 27
18.11.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles SU Agen 33 : 23
07.10.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles RC Toulon 30 : 27
23.09.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles Montpellier Herault RC 47 : 17
09.09.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles Stade Francais 30 : 10
26.08.17 T14 Bordeaux Bègles ASM Clermont 32 : 25
It can be noted that they had been very affected by the duplicates in November with a short win over Agen and a draw against Brive. Once again, Bordeaux will be very weakened for this meeting. Poirot, Pélissié, Tauleigne are in France team. Jalibert, Cros, Braid, Domvo, Lesgourgues, Dubie, Talebula, Maynadier are injured.
The young hooker Dufour will start for the first time in TOP 14. The fourth hooker in the hierarchy Maxime Lamothe (18 years) will take place on the bench.
Castres is 8th with 4 points less than Lyon. The Castrais have already made several shots outside as in Clermont (27-31), Toulouse (31-41) or Oyonnax (31-41). They remain on two cons-performance: a setback at home against Racing (13-18) and Agen (30-3).
The CO has very little absence for this match. Palis is in France team. Kockott is sick. Vaipulu is suspended.
It is with the big team that Castres go to Bordeaux. Captain Capo Ortega is back. The back line is of high quality. On the bench, we find players like Jenneker, Jelonch, Caballero, ….
In front, the two teams are equal but at back, I give a big advantage to Castres. I expect a very tight match. Last year, Castres won in Bordeaux (17-29). Two years ago, Bordeaux had won only 3 points.
Right handicap: Castres +3.5