French Top 14: Toulon v Castres Preview

Toulon will be looking to move into second-place on the Top 14 standings when they take on sixth-placed Castres on Saturday the 28th of April. 

Saturday's clash between Toulon and Castres could well prove to be one for the ages with both sides desperate to take the honours. The visitors currently sit sixth on the standings and a win here could well see them secure a playoff spot, with a week of the regular season to spare.

While Toulon's agenda is slightly less pressing, the hosts will also be keen on bagging the points as it would leave them in contention for a home play-off.

Toulon v Castres
Stade Felix-Mayol
Saturday 28 April


To Win (80 Mins)
Toulon 1/6
Draw 24/1
Castres 39/10

It's been a strange old year for Toulon who still find themselves in the running for a home play-off berth despite losing 11 of the 24 - Top 14 games they have played this season. However, the majority of these defeats came away from home, with the Parisians winning 11 of their 12 home games, with their only defeat at the Stade Felix-Mayol coming at the hands of Racing Metro last November.

The mega-rich club also come into this one off the back of some handy results. They have won two of their last three fixtures while scoring a whopping 94 points at an average of just over 31.3 points per game.

Toulon will come into this one on somewhat of a high after they beat log-leaders Montpellier 32-17 a fortnight ago.

Like their opponents for this weekend, Castres head into this clash off the back of a morale-boosting victory as they beat La Rochelle 18-26 during the last round of the Top 14. The win was a much-needed one considering La Rochelle are also hunting a play-off berth.

Castres have also enjoyed a solid run of results of late winning three of their last four fixtures. They have also been above average on the road over the last-month-and-a half winning two of their four away fixtures.

When they met Toulon at home this season they managed to grind out a 20-19 point victory. This game is likely to be just as tight as the previous encounter with so much on the line.

Verdict: Toulon 1/6
Castres will run them close but Toulon will ultimately claim the spoils in front of their home support.

Written by Darry Worthington for

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