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Clermont Auvergne                          Toulouse
Sunday 9th October 14:15 GMT

 

Round 8 of the French Top 14 Orange tournament draws to a close on Sunday at the Stade Marcel Michelin, when Clermont Auvergne welcome Toulouse. The Top 14 has been pretty much of a muchness this season, with only Clermont looking a class act, and although they head the table, even they have struggled to open a gap over the other clubs, to confirm their superiority. Clermont should extend their fine start to the season, that has seen them beaten just once in seven fixtures to date, when they face Toulouse. Despite being the most titled club in French club history, they have a woeful record at the Marcel Michelin, where they have not tasted victory since 2002. They even have to go back half a dozen years to find the last time that they collected a bonus point at the venue.

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After a run of three straight defeats, Toulouse have picked up in the past fortnight, with successive victories over Stade Français 23-18 and Grenoble 31-3. However, both of those wins were recorded at home. In their only two away fixtures so far, they have been beaten both times, at Racing 92 and Lyon. After posting 40+ points in their first two home games of the season, Clermont had their closest call on home soil last weekend. Even then they still defeated Castres by 29-19, with a terrific solo effort by Noa Nakaitaci being the highlight.

Posted: 20th March 2016

 

Clermont Auvergne will continue their surge for a top two finish in the French Top 14 on Sunday, when they welcome Toulouse to their own Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. Four successive wins, since they were surprisingly beaten at home by Montpellier 15-19, have seen Clermont climb back towards the summit of the ladder. They are now just a single point behind the leaders Racing 92. Despite Racing having won two games more. Clermont Auvergne have collected 12 bonus points this season, eight try-scoring extras, and four losing points, the total only being bettered by Toulon, who have played a game ore and picked up one additional losing bonus point.

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Since thrashing PAU by 54-3 in Round 14, Toulouse have gone four Top 14 Orange fixtures without a win. Although they have drawn their last two games, against Brive and Bordeaux. The winless run has seen Toulouse drop down the table, and they are now occupying the final post-season play-off spot, sixth position. With in form Castres just five points behind them, Toulouse need to get the monkey of the winless run off their backs, or they could easily find themselves missing out on the post-season knockout phase of the tournament.

Posted: 6th June 2015

 

The second Top 14 Orange semi-final takes place at the Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique, Bordeaux on Saturday, and is a second match up between a traditional powerhouse of French club rugby, in Toulouse, and one of the new giants of the game, Clermont Auvergne. The first semi-final takes place at the same venue the evening before, so by the time Toulouse and Clermont kick off, they will know whether they will be playing the reigning Champions Toulon, or the Parisians of Stade Français in the Grand final. Although an immensely strong club in recent years, Clermont Auvergne have failed to secure the titles and the cups that would truly reflect their status as a side at the top of the French, and indeed European club game. They have been beaten in two of the last three Champions Cup finals, by Toulon in each case, and have only managed to secure one Top 14 title, back in 2010. Toulouse were flirting with the relegation zone early in the season, by turned their campaign around, and eventually finished in third place in the regular season table.  

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The 19 times champions of France will have to reverse their fortunes of previous matches between the two sides in the 2014/15 season, with Clermont having completed the double during the regular season, if they are to appear in their first final since 2012 when they defeated Toulon to secure the second of two consecutive titles.

Posted: 4th January 2015

 

After last weekend's shock 13-16 defeat at the Matmut Stadium to struggling Lyon, Clermont found themselves slipping to third position in the French Top 14 table. However, with the two clubs currently above them in the table, Stade Français and reigning champions Toulon, both playing away from home this weekend, Clermont Auvergne will have hopes of climbing back to the top of the tree by the time that the final whistle blows at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Sunday. Traditional powerhouses of French and European rugby, Toulouse, may be the visitors, but they have had a difficult and inconsistent season to date, and victory at Clermont would surpass anything else that they have managed in the current campaign. Since losing at home in Round 3 of the Top 14 to Montpellier, who made such a stunning start to the season, Clermont have re-established the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin as a fortress, with five successive wins in the competition.

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Toulouse do have one of the better away records in the Top 14 Orange, but two wins and five defeats is not the sort of record on the road that instills masses of confidence in a team lying in sixth place in the table ahead of a trip to Clermont.

Posted: 3rd March 2012

 

On Saturday, March 3rd in the French Top 14, Clermont Auvergne and Toulouse will play a match in Clermont-Ferrand. This one will be at 16:15 local time and 15:15 GMT. In the French Top 14 Orange Table, Clermont Auvergne comes in second with thirteen games won and eighteen games played in ttoal. They have draw twice and only lost three times this season. That gives them sixty one points total. As for Toulouse, they are on the top team on the table, with fifteen wins out of eighteen. They have 69 points, and only have two losses and one draw.

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Tags: Top 14 Orange, Clermont Auvergne, Toulouse, Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Matmut Stadium
Posted: 9th October 2016


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