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Saturday 28th January 13:45 GMT

 

Toulon may have appeared in four of the last five Top 14 Orange Grand Finals, losing on three occasions, but they are battling to even qualify for the knockout phase of this season's tournament. On Saturday, the fifth placed Toulon welcome this season's surprise package La Rochelle to the Stade Mayol Stadium. Toulon have won eight and drawn one of their 16 Top 14 fixtures, and have accumulated 41 points, giving them just a four point advantage over seventh placed Bordeaux-Begles. While looking up the regular season table, they find themselves trailing their great rivals Clermont Auvergne, who they will face in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, by 10 points.

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La Rochelle have been beaten in just one of their last seven Top 14 fixtures, a 0-26 loss at Bordeaux-Begles, and as the result, have closed the gap on table toppers Clermont Auvergne to just a solitary point. When La Rochelle played host to Toulon in Round 8, back on the 8th October, the match ended up in a 17-17 draw, one of three La Rochelle Top 14 games that have ended up all square. With the 6-Nations tournament scheduled to start next weekend, La Rochelle who will be less affected by international calls than many of their rivals, will hope to cement their place towards the top of the standings.

Posted: 12th September 2015

 

The Top 14 French Championship, like the other European leagues that are starting before and during the World Cup, are providing a number of upset results in the early rounds, as the result of clubs having to field a number of squad players in place of the first choice starters. In the case of Toulon, who host La Rochelle at the Stade Mayol Stadium on Saturday, they are probably the hardest hit of all the clubs in France, due to their policy of recruiting star players from around the globe, to fill their squad.

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The Club that has won the European Cup for the past three season, and has appeared in two of the last three Top 14 Orange Grand Finals, had to wait until last week to register their first success of the season. Ironically, it was probably their toughest task of the campaign, as they travelled to the Stade Jean-Bouin to face reigning Champions, Stade Francais. La Rochelle broke their own duck in Week 3, with a narrow home win against Brive. Their previous away match this season, resulted in a narrow defeat against Racing 92. With both teams having managed to score just three tries apiece this season, whoever emerges victorious on Saturday, it is unlikely to be a high scoring contest.

Posted: 23rd August 2014

 

Toulon who last season won both the Top 14 Orange title as well as conquering Europe in the Heineken Cup began their defense of the domestic trophy last weekend with a victory away to Bayonne 29-15. With no Jonny Wilkinson to lead the side, and without a raft of top class Southern Hemisphere players, who will miss the first eight weeks of the season, due to their participation in the Rugby Championship, Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Smith), they will have been delighted to have gotten their campaign off to a winning start.

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In truth, even without the players absent on International duty they still have an amazing 1,118 caps’ worth of experience available to them in their squad Saturday's opponents are the newly promoted La Rochelle, who was soundly beaten at Brive in their first fixture. Everyone's favorites for the drop at the end of the season, they gained their place at the top table by surprising Agen in the play-offs. They appear to have plenty of experience in their squad, but will find trips to the likes of Toulon a difficult challenge to resist, and even the nous of former All Black lock Jason Eaton and Bok fly-half Peter Grant is unlikely to stem the Toulon tide this week.


Tags: Top 14 Orange, Stade Mayol Stadium, Toulon, La Rochelle, Bryan Habana, Juan Smith, Jason Eaton
Posted: 28th January 2017


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