Toulouse vs Pau
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 02 August 2017
Kick off: 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon
Both Toulouse and Pau will be looking for a much bigger improvement from their respective first games as neither picked up a win. Toulouse had a draw while Pau suffered a loss.
Toulouse would have been hoping for a big performance to kick start things in their opening game of the campaign after starting so poorly last year. It was a trip to Oyonnax and despite it being an away game, it was a game against a side that had just recently come up from the D2 and thus was not much of a threat. In fact, Toulouse were made to work for the draw as they were losing with six minutes to go only for new recruit Cheslin Kolbe to grab a try on debut and for the kick at goal to land from Thomas Ramos. Pau will be another type of threat for the famous Toulouse club, but seeing as they are at home this time they will feel this is their chance to get the win.
For Pau, they had to face the wrath of a star studded Toulon side at home in their opening match and were dealt a cruel blow as they lost on the road 41-14. Toulon came out firing and racked up a few penalties before the tries flowed in. Pau got their few tries through the middle of the game but it was not enough as Chris Ashton got a double and Toulon managed four tries in all. It will now be a second away game in a row for the Pau side as they look to try and get back to the form that saw them do so well at the middle end of the season last year, but the old adage of playing away from home will really dog them in these opening rounds.
Toulouse vs Pau: Previous games
Oyonnax vs Toulouse 23-23
Toulon vs Pau 41-14
Toulouse vs Pau: Head to Head Stats
There have only been four encounters between these sides in the Top 14, and it is an even split of two wins each – but the sides have both one a game away from home against each other which is an unusual split.
Toulouse vs Pau: Prediction
The fact that Pau are away again this week will really play havoc on their mental game and hopes of bouncing back from what was a really big hammering from a big club. Toulouse is another big club that can inflict some pain and because they are also on home ground and looking to get a win after a draw, expect them to strive for excellence.
Toulouse vs Pau: Betting Tips
- Cheslin Kolbe to score a try
- Toulouse to get a home win by at least 12 points
More French Top 14 Rugby betting tips and match previews:
- Stade Francais vs La Rochelle
- Montpellier vs Oyonnax
- Castres vs Bordeaux Begles
- Lyon vs Brive
- Agen vs Racing Metro
- Clermont Auvergne vs Toulon