French Top 14: RC Toulonnais v Racing Metro 92 Preview

The biggest spenders in the Top 14 will clash at the Stade Mayol on Sunday the 19th of November.

It's the battle of the big spenders as super-rich Top 14 sides, Toloun and Racing Metro, lock horns in the French capital. Both sides have failed to hit the lights out this season with Toulon currently sitting fifth on the Top 14 log and Racing in sixth.

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RC Toulonnais v Racing Metro 92 | Sunday 19 November | Stade Felix-Mayol | 17:50

To Win (80 Mins)
Toloun 1/4 | Draw 21/1 | Racing 11/4

Toulon

It's been another underwhelming season for Toulon thus far, with this 'Galactico-esque' squad failing to deliver on their potential during the opening nine rounds of the campaign. The men from the French capital may currently occupy a position in the play-off places but they have a win percentage ratio of just over 55. They are also some eight points behind league leaders Lyon.

To make matters worse for the French giants, they come into this one off the back of a shock 26-24 defeat to lowly Agen. The game encapsulated Toulon's season quite nicely with their big guns seemingly about as interested in playing rugby as Allister Coetzee is in selecting a competent Springboks matchday 23.

So how do Toulon turn things around? Well, firstly, they are going to need more form their midfield pairing of Ma'a Nonu and Malakia Feikitoa. The two former All Blacks have struggled to gel which has resulted in Toulon failing to get over the advantage line with any regularity. The Toulon forwards will also need to be more committed at the breakdown, which won't be easy to rectify as they have lost talismanic eighthman Duane Vermeulen to a Springbok call-up.

Racing

Like Toulon, Racing have flattered to deceive thus far with the Parisians producing a real mixed bag of results. Nine games into the season and Patrick Lambie's new club find themselves six on the log having only registered five wins. Their four losses came against La Rochelle (away), Lyon (home), Agen (away) and Clermont (away).

While Racing haven't produced the standard that you'd expect from such a talented side, there is a bit of hope floating around the Yves du Manoir as the Parisians are starting to find a bit of form, winning their last two fixtures against Pau (23-20) and the Bordeaux Begles (29-13).

Verdict: Toulon 2/9
Toloun simply have to click this weekend. They're too good a side not to respond from a horrific result against one of the relegation battler. My money is on the Nonu / Feikitoa axis finally clicking and steering the hosts to a comfortable win in Sunday's Parisian derby.



Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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