Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup
 
 
 

Toulouse, Clermont look to stay ahead in Top14


Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Friday 6 January 2012


Top 14 Rugby leaders Toulouse and second-placed Clermont will both seek to consolidate their places at the head of the French Top 14 when they take on Lyon and Toulon respectively this weekend.

Toulouse are sitting pretty on 51 points after only losing two of their 14 games so far this season, with Clermont five points behind.

But there are six mid-table teams below them battling for the four other spots in the league play-offs come season's end.

Castres, Toulon, Agen, Racing-Metro, Stade Francais and Montpellier are locked into a calendar that highlights each game a crunch tie, with only nine points separating the clubs.

Defending Top 14 champions Toulouse, 18-time winners of the league, face what many pundits have described as a stroll against Lyon, sitting one point above Biarritz at the bottom of the league.

But backs coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde warned that Lyon were capable of throwing up some surprises.

"Everyone thinks this match will be a formality but having seen videos of their last games, I can tell you that this Lyon team will pose us a lot of problems," the former France half-back said.

Toulouse will be bolstered by the return of full-back Clement Poitrenaud who on Thursday was recalled to France's Six Nations squad, Yann David, Patricio Albacete and South African prop Gurthro Steenkamp.

However, Daan Human, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Ruslan Boukerou, Gary Botha and Gilian Galan are all still out injured, while internationals Vincent Clerc, Florian Fritz, Maxime Medard and Yoann Maestri are rested.

Clermont host Toulon on Sunday, with Jonny Wilkinson's team hoping to pull off what would be a shock away victory over a team that has produced some sparkling rugby of late.

Toulon suffered a dispiriting 25-6 loss to Biarritz last week, the league's basement club finally seeming to get their campaign off to a proper start with only their third win of the season.

Biarritz travel to Agen on Friday desperate for another win in their bid to clamber out of the relegation zone.

"We saw another side of Biarritz," the club's backs coach Jack Isaac said of the Toulon victory.

"We saw 23 players ready to commit themselves for 80 minutes, our best 80 minutes this year.

"We produced some interesting things and the most positive was the group coming together."

Friday

Agen v Biarritz

Saturday

Bayonne v Bordeaux-Begles,
Brive v Montpellier,
Perpignan v Racing-Metro,
Stade Francais v Castres,
Toulouse v Lyon

Sunday

Clermont v Toulon

bet365
 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
European Champions Cup to kick off in November
Europe's Rugby Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup will kick off in the middle of November later this year due to the Rugby World Cup which finishes in October.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
European Champions Cup quarter finalists confirmed
Munster end on a high by smashing Sale Sharks
Bath survive Glasgow charge and qualify for last 8

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Cockerill : Tuilagi may not play again this season
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has revealed that their star England centre Manu Tuilagi could spend the rest of the season on the sidelines due to injury
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Harlequins sign Scotland winger Tim Visser
Bath victory means London Welsh are relegated
Cipriani helps Sale Sharks beat Gloucester

More Aviva Premiership News

Anglo Welsh Cup News
Six Nations Rugby
Ritchie: England finishing second is 'not acceptable'
Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie has said that England's fourth consecutive runners-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable".
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Frenzied 6N finale sends World Cup warning
Mike Brown slams lacklustre Italy and Scotland
Ireland end 60 year wait for back to back titles

More Six Nations Rugby News

 
Rugby Week Sponsor
 
 
Latest Rugby video