Bet: La Rochelle 1-12
Last game the 18th day of TOP 14.
La Rochelle remains on a setback at Racing 19-12 last week. They made a turnover with many usual starter on the bench. They were led 19-0 at the break, and won the 2nd half 12-0.
This team is not as impressive as at the beginning of the season. they losy to Ulster without convincing, win only 16-7 against the Quins and 33-24 against Brive who took the same try 3 times.
La Rochelle has a lot of absentees: Corbel, Pelo, Tufele, Jolmes, Qovu, Amosa, Alldritt, Retiere, Lacroix are wounded. Doumayrou and Priso are in France team.
The Maritimes are light in 2nd row. On the bench, youngster Aouf makes his first appearance.
Toulon is 6th and directly under the threat of Pau and Lyon. The RCT is in danger. Next week, Toulon is moving to Lyon. They must aim for one of the 2 games to stay in the TOP 6. Toulon is much better for several weeks.
Guilhem Guirado, Mathieu Bastareaud, Hugo Bonneval, Romain Taofifenua and François Trinh-Duc are in the French team. Chilachava is with Georgia, Josua Tuisova is suspended, Charles Ollivon, Mamuka Gorgodze, Samu Manoa, Jonah Placid, Swan Rebbadj and Malakai Fekitoa are wounded.
The starting XV is solid. There are unknowns with Wisniewski and Clerc. In front, they seem to me more powerful with Kruger Lakafia and Verumeulen.
I expect a tight match. La Rochelle should win. I bet La Rochelle by 1-12 (winning margin).