Montpellier vs Toulouse
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 19 February 2017
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
One of the classic games in French rugby, these two rugby loving cities put huge emphasis on this encounter, and what makes it even more important is that Toulouse is in striking distance of Montpellier who currently lead them on the log.
The French log is always tight as teams vy for places near the top, but currently, Toulouse are in sixth, but still with 42 points. Montpellier are above them in third, but only have a four point margin over them. Toulouse have had a bit of a stuttering start to the competition, but slowly they have found their feet and got their winning ratio just about right. They have won nine and still lost eight, but with the log jam – and three teams also on 42 points, it is all about the bonus points. Toulouse will be well aware that they are facing Montpellier at home, where they are certainly stronger, but even more worrying is that Toulouse have struggled away from home.
Montpellier have a lot to prove with Jake White set to leave, but wanting to make it hard for them to lose him. He is trying to chase down the leader La Rochelle as well as Clermont, but there is a bit of a gap between the top two and third place Montpellier. Jake White’s team has won 10 and lost just seven for their 46 points, but they know all too well that their position in third is under threat unless they keep winning. Winning at home will be a much simpler task, but it will be tough against a traditional foe like Toulouse, if they can utilize their bullying tactics though, this should be a game they can get a win from.
Montpellier vs Toulouse: Current form
In the last five games, Montpellier have won three games, two of them at home and the other one away, but against near bottom of the log Grenoble, and they have lost their two away games.
Toulouse have done things a little differently, losing their last game at home against Pau, but winning the game before that away from home against Stade Francais – something that is almost unheard of.
Montpellier vs Toulouse: Prediction
Montpellier are a good team, with a lot of money and power behind them, in saying that, Toulouse are in a similar boat, but the issue is that Toulouse have not been performing to the best of their ability. This should be the age old bet of a home win for Montpellier.
Montpellier vs Toulouse: Tips
Montpellier use their forwards to break defenses, but they also use Nemani Nadolo to score tries, the big Fijian a good bet for an anytime scorer.