Toulouse primed for ‘turning point’

Date published: December 26 2015

Toulouse coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is well aware that Saturday's crunch clash with Toulon marks a big a moment in their season.

Facing an enormous challenge to make the knockout stages in the Champions Cup, Toulouse are second in the league and tied with Toulon on 32 points after ten matches.

Elissalde has called on the squad now to avoid the kind of slump which derailed their domestic campaign last season.

"We suspected once we saw the calendar that it was going to be a turning point in the season," Elissalde told AFP.

"But it's not the only one because even if we lose things won't become irreversible.

"We experienced a run of defeats last season. But the players knew how to react and got themselves to within a few points of the (Top 14) final. It's up to the players to decide their future."