Clermont vs Bayonne
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 18 February 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Although this may look like a game between a top team going against a team looking like it may be relegated, this game has an interesting sub-plot as Bayonne upset the apple-cart and beat Clermont when they were flying and from that, the then log-leaders started to stutter.
Clermont will not have forgotten about that defeat away from home by Bayonne, and as such, they will have revenge on their mind. There is no reason why Clermont should not beat them for although they have fallen away from being the top of the log, they are still a real force in the Top 14 and will be determined. There is of course a few key men missing due to international duty, but luckily, the big club has a few foreign stars that will carry them towards a good win against Bayonne.
For Bayonne, they will of course cherish that win they picked up against the log leading Clermont, but in all reality, it was a once off and their true form has not been good in the tournament all season. They find themselves rooted to the bottom of the log, trying to catch Grenoble who are in reach at three points above them, buy Lyon, above both of them, are 10 points clear and seemingly out of the danger. Bayonne have little left to play for other than trying to topple Grenoble, but against Clermont, it does not seem likely.
Clermont vs Bayonne: Current form
There was a time where Clermont looked like they couldn’t lose, but in their last five games, they have won only two, losing two away games and drawing their last match away from home against Bordeaux.
Bayonne, true to their poor form all season, have only won one game in their last five, and they have struggled away from home since the first game of the season.
Clermont vs Bayonne: Prediction
There will not be any heroics coming from Bayonne for two games in a row, they are just not the same team at home, and even at home, they put on sporadic performances. Clermont on the other hand have a lot to prove after being toppled at the top of the table thanks to La Rochelle, they will want to grab that back, and can do, if they get a bonus point win here.
Clermont vs Bayonne: Tips
Clermont will be rampant in their revenge, so expect this to be a rather large victory as the tries rain down on the unsuspecting La Rochelle.