La Rochelle vs Oyonnax
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 23 September 2017
Kick off: 18:00 CET
La Rochelle will be looking forward to another game against one if the newly promoted sides after they got the better of Agen last week, They now face Oyonnax in the hopes of picking up three wins in a row.
It has been a decent start to the season for the team that topped the log at the end of the regular season last year. La Rochelle have won three out of four games and with that they have only played one game at home which is a remarkable record for any French team. They began by beating Brive who it looks like will be the whipping boys of the entire tournament, winning there by nine points on the road. They then lost on the road to Stade Francais, by 11 points, before a fantastic home win against a good Clermont side, thrashing them by 31 points and then went on to get the five point win against Agen. Oyonnax have probably been a bit better than Agen, but they will still be an easy win especially seeing as they are on the road.
Oyonnax have done it all this season as they opened their campaign with a draw, then suffered a loss before picking up their only win thus far – against the other new boys Agen, and then losing to Racing Metro. Their draw at the beginning probably should have been a win as they were leading Toulouse until a late try made it 23-23 at home to Oyonnax. Against Montpellier they were really roughed up on the road as they lost that one by 31 points. The Agen win was a tight one and showed how close these teams are despite Oyonnax being at home and then Racing was too strong for them as they lost that one by 12 points. La Rochelle have shown over the last two seasons that they are a good team that likes to exploit defences and for Oyonnax that could be a problem.
Oyonnax vs Toulouse 23-23
Montpellier vs Oyonnax 37-6
Oyonnax vs Agen 12-10
Racing vs Oyonnax 25-13
Brive vs La Rochelle 10-19
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle 35-24
La Rochelle vs Clermont 51-20
Agen vs La Rochelle 15-20
La Rochelle vs Oyonnax: Head to Head Stats
These teams have only been in the Top 14 together on two occasions, and thus have played just four games, but in those game it has been an even split with the home sides always winning. Two each for La Rochelle and Oyonnax.
La Rochelle vs Oyonnax: Prediction
Not only have La Rochelle been good this year, they have been good on the road. This game may not be an away game, but the fact that they can do so well against some decent teams even on the road spells danger for Oyonnax as they will be torn apart in this match.
La Rochelle vs Oyonnax: Betting Tips
- Paul Jordaan to score
- La Rochelle to win by 28+
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