Pau vs Grenoble
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 18 February 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Pau have been surprising people of late with their results, and as such, they will be relishing taking on another team that is near the foot of the table as they build their way up the log. Grenoble are in a battle to stay afloat of Bayonne behind them, but they won’t feel confident as they come up against a rampant Pau side at home.
Pau, at a stage, were not far off the bottom two, but a string of good results has seen them rocket up to seventh on the log, and still climbing, because they know that another victory will put them on 46 points which is the same as Montpellier who are in third. There is a real log jam in the middle of the table with Pau being at the bottom as three teams all have 42 points, including Pau, and above those three is Castres in fourth with 43. To be honest, Pau have had a few freebie games against week opponents, but they have also beaten the likes of Clermont and Toulouse.
Grenoble are in the rut at the bottom of the table where they are in a constant battle with Bayonne. Grenoble are second from bottom, but they do not look like making any ground on third from bottom Lyon who are 10 points clear. Grenoble will have to make a real push up the table if they are to escape the bottom two, but that does not look like it will be happening in this game as their own form is not great while their opponents are on fire.
Pau vs Grenoble: Current form
Pau have gotten to where they are thanks to some hard fought wins against tough opponents, as well as maximising points against weaker teams. They have gone an impressive five wins from five games in their last, and two of those were also away.
Grenoble on the other hand have lost three of their last five, and some of those have been big losses, including a 40-3 defeat to La Rochelle, it is also clear that Grenoble do not like to travel.
Pau vs Grenoble: Prediction
Grenoble may not be as bad as Bayonne and they have got two of their total four wins in their last five games, but they will really be up against it away from home and facing the in for team of the tournament. Expect Pau to win easily.
Pau vs Grenoble: Tips
Pau have shown they know how to score tries, and points, especially with Colin Slade leading them. Expect the All Black to get a try in a big win.