Toulouse vs La Rochelle
Toulouse and La Rochelle meet in the final of the French Top 14 at the Stade de France. The final is a fitting conclusion to the season in which these two teams finished first and second at the end of the league stage. Toulouse have won the most French titles in history and their experience could prove vital although La Rochelle are the two time European Cup champions.
The Maritimes are seeking a double trophy season after their triumph over Leinster in the Heineken Cup. Toulouse will again be looking to their talisman Anton Dupont to show why is widely regarded as the best player in the world.
TIP: It’s great to see that both teams have very few injury concerns for the final and are most likely going to stick to the same teams that played in the semi-final. One of the most intriguing contests will be between arguably the two best nines in Europe, Dupont and Tawera Kerr-Barlow. The winner of this mini contest will go a long way to securing the title. The bookies have Toulouse as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.83, Gbets 1.85 and Hollywoodbets 1.80
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Toulouse vs La Rochelle
- Toulouse have won eight of their last nine matches against La Rochelle.
- The last match between the sides was won 30-7 by La Rochelle.
Latest results for both teams
Toulouse beat Racing 92 41-14 in their last match while La Rochelle beat Bordeaux 23-14 in their last match.
La Rochelle pulled of the almost impossible when they went to Dublin and beat Leinster in their own backyard to win the Champions Cup but this is arguably an even harder task against the giant of French rugby. Toulouse have the better backline but this match will be decided between the two packs of forwards and La Rochelle seem to have a slight advantage in this area. The battle at the set pieces will be one for the ages but the all French international halfback pairing of Dupont and Romain Ntamack will ultimately be the deciding factor in the match. I am predicting an extremely close contest with Toulouse winning by 4 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Juan Cruz Mallia, 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matthis Lebel, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (captain), 8 Francois Cros, 7 Thibaud Flament, 6 Jack Willis, 5 Emmanuel Meafou, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille.
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 UJ Seuteni, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Gregory Alldritt (captain), 7 Levani Botia, 6 Paul Boudehent, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Reda Wardi
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Toulouse victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Toulouse handicap:
The complete odds on the Toulouse handicap:
Betway 1.95 (-1.5)
Gbets 1.93 (-1.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.95 (-1.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Toulouse outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest backing them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.95 (-1.5), Gbets 1.93 (-1.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.95 (-1.5)
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