Bet: Carcassonne +7.5
Third day of Pro D2.
As I said on the first day, Aurillac is for me the weakest team in this Pro D2. The Cantalians have lost many important players this summer and have recruited very few new players. Aurillac beat Oyonnax (20-19) in the first day before losing heavily in Provence Rugby (48-18). Aurillac has many missing players. Nouhaillaguet, Van der Walt, Amrouni, Fabro, Ostberg, Merab Sharikadze, Tsustskiridze, Pierre Gaveau, Albert Valentin, Yann Lohoré were injured. So Nel and Salles will play for the first time on the wing..
Carcassonne is making a good start to the season. They took a defensive bonus at Montauban and won it in front of Angoulême last week. Carcassonne has a more than solid team, capable of playing the first half of the draw. Compared to last week, Wihongi and Coste are rested. The team is solid with Valentine in scrumhalf who is one of the best 9 of the championship. Mac Mahon is excellent in this early season while Jasmin is a formidable try hunter. Big bench with Fournier, Zito, Meité, Bosch, Marrou, …
It’s hard to say who’s gonna win this game. I see Carcassonne stronger on the paper. So I take them with the handicap.