Click here to Watch Brive v Toulon Live Saturday 4th March 19:45 GMT
Three defeats in the last four Top 14 Orange fixtures, look to have ended any hopes that Brive might have had of finishing in the top six in the table, and progressing through to the knockout phase of the tournament. As they prepare to welcome the mighty Toulon to the Stade Amedee Domenech in Brive on Saturday, they find themselves down in tenth position with 36 points. A total that leaves them 10 points behind PAU who occupy the last play-off position, with just eight games of the regular season remaining. When Brive travelled to Toulon way back at the beginning of September in Round 3, they pulled off a stunning and most memorable victory by 25-21.
Toulon are certainly not the powerhouse of French rugby that they have been over the past few years, and have lost three of their last five Top 14 fixtures, which by coincidence have been against the top three clubs in the standings; Clermont 5-30 and Montpellier 29-33 away from home, and at the end of January on home soil to La Rochelle 20-23. Toulon do however, look as if they are likely to qualify for the play-offs. Ahead of their trip to Brive they are sitting fifth in the table with 46 points. Having played the top clubs twice already, they will be confident of securing enough points against the lower ranked sides in order to progress.
Posted: 17th October 2015
It is a strange but true statement to make about the final Top 14 Orange fixture of Round 5, that it is a mid-table clash at the Stade Amedee Domenech, as the clubs coming face to face are Brive, whose seem to have a regular battle with the bottom of the Top 14 table, and Toulon who have appeared in two of the last three Grand Finals, and have won the last three European Champions Cups. However, after four rounds of the 2015/16 tournament, Toulon are in seventh position, while Brive are immediately below them, just one point worse off. Of course the early rounds of the Top 14 have been played with clubs having to field considerably under strength sides, die to the international demands put on them by the World Cup in England.
Brive in typical French club style, have won their two home matches, but have lost both games that they have played away from the comforts of their own stadium. Reigning Champions, Stade Francais, and newly promoted Agen have both been seen off at the Stade Amedee Domenech, but a single losing bonus point has been the reward of trips to Toulouse and La Rochelle. Toulon began the new season with successive defeats, against Racing 92 at home and then away to a rejuvenated Castres. Since when they have recovered, and beaten the reigning Champions Stade in Paris, and then posting 40+ points in winning against La Rochelle at home.
Posted: 19th September 2014
After the high of Round 4, and their stunning home victory against the giants of Toulouse Brive were brought back down to earth again last weekend, when they traveled to Bayonne and were beaten 23-6 at the Stade Jean Dauger. This week they return to their own Stade Amedee Domenech, and will be hoping that they can produce another major upset when they face the current Top 14 Orange and Heineken Champions from Toulon on Friday evening.
The defeat in Bayonne has left Brive in 11th place on the table after Round 5, level on nine points with two of the clubs below them, the promoted Lyons and La Rochelle. Yet a win against Toulon could lift them into the top seven positions, such is clogged up table at this early stage of the long campaign. Although still lying third in the table, Toulon found them stunned at the weekend by visitors Stade Francais at the Mayol. Their first home defeat since last January. The reigning champions were undone by poor goal kicking in the second half, and a stuttering performance from their scrimmage. However, Stade showed more ambition than their hosts and fully deserved the win that saw them leapfrog oven Toulon into second place behind Clermont.
Posted: 31st March 2012
On Saturday, the 31st of March, the Top 14 Orange competition continues with a match in Brive between Brive and Toulon, happening at 12:15 GMT or four hours later for those who are actually attending the match. Brive is the tenth ranked team in the standings right now and they have 39 points, tied with Biarritz who is in the eleventh place. Toulon is the third team on the Top 14 Orange standings at the moment. They have been able to win twelve games out of the twenty one played, and have four draws and 62 points.
Sign up now at the banners that you see above and below you. You will get instant access to high quality video from anywhere in the world. All you need to do is click on them and get your subscription and you'll be watching live rugby via your internet connection, thanks to www.watchliverugby.tv.
Tags: Top 14 Orange
, Stade Amedee Domenech
, live rugby