Brive vs Toulouse
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 11 March 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Toulouse will not be looking forward to a tricky away fixture with the form they are currently in. They have struggled for wins both home and away and now will have to travel to Brive to try and right their ship.
In their last four games they have lost all of them and two of those games have been at home. For a grand old club like Toulouse this really is not good enough and they will not be happy with the performances they have put together. Of course there are quite a few French national players in the Toulouse side and their absence must have caused some disruptions, but that is not a good enough excuse. Toulouse have dropped down to eighth on the Top 14 log and they are in real danger of Brive overtaking them if they do not beat the team that is only two points below them. Brive will be circling and grateful that they are at home because Toulouse will not have much going for them in this game.
Brive have a real shot at making some big ground on the log with this fixture, they are only two points back from Toulouse above them as they sit back in ninth, but if they could manage a bonus point, they would have every chance or even overtaking Racing metro who are in seventh. It has been a pretty mediocre season from Brive, but as things start to level out and settle they find themselves in a good position to attack the log and to make an immediate impact against Toulouse. No doubt Toulouse will be a tough team just based on who they are but there is a good chance for Brive to take advantage of the poor run of form they are currently on.
Brive vs Toulouse: Current form
The last four games for Toulouse have seen them most recently lose a close game to La Rochelle who are comfortably top of the log now, but before that they also fell to Montpellier away from home, to Pau at home and to Stade Francais away.
Brive’s middle of the road performances are explained when you look back at their last 10 games, and half their season going back to October where they have won all their home games and lost all their away games in that period.
Brive vs Toulouse: Prediction
Toulouse will need to break their slump at some stage as they are not a team that can fall away in terms of their pride, but this will not be the game as Brive are a decent team and they have shown they are hard to beat at home. Toulouse will also find it harder on the road and will put on a poor showing.
Brive vs Toulouse: Tips
Toulouse are not in a good space, they are away and they are struggling for points, expect them to score only one try, or even just kick penalties.