French Top 14: Toulouse v Toulon Preview

Toulouse and Toulon will be going all out to close the year on a high when they lock horns on Saturday the 30th of December.

It will be fifth versus sixth at the Stade Ernest-Wallon this Saturday with Toulouse and Toulon set to lock horns at one of French rugby's most hallowed grounds. The visitors currently sit three points clear of their hosts but a bonus point home win would guarantee that Toulouse starts the New Year above their opponents in the Top 14 standings.

Toulouse v Toulon | Saturday 30 December | Stade Ernest-Wallon | 21:45

To Win (80 Mins)
Toulouse 11/20 | Draw 17/1 | Toulon 31/20

The hosts for this weekend's affair head home off the back of an encouraging four-point loss to an in-form Racing Metro outfit. Having gone into the break 20-9 down, many were expecting Toulouse to crumble and Racing to later run out comfortable victors. This weekend's hosts had other ideas and managed to grab ten second-half points while Racing could only muster up three of their own.

Toulouse's second-half renaissance may not have been enough to bag the win but it did ensure they would pick up a losing bonus point as well as fill them with confidence heading into this weekend's clash with Toulon.

The Parisians enjoyed a much more productive result last week as they garnered a bonus point win over Agen. The 49-25 victory was Toulon's second domestic bonus point win on the trot and saw them score more than 38 points for the second time running.

While last week's result would have Toulon fans with massive smiles on their faces, they will certainly know that their side are in for a much stiffer challenge this time around as Toulouse are a few classes above Agen in quality and Toulon's away record is rather suspect this season. The mega-rich club has only won one of their six away game this season, and have suffered away defeats to minnows Agen and what was an extremely out of form Bordeaux Begles side.

Verdict: Toulouse 11/20
This is certainly not one to throw the Christmas Bonus on but home comforts should see Toulouse edge the win here.

Written by Darry Worthington for

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