Planet Rugby

Top 14 Preview: Round 11, Friday

31st October 2013 09:51

Share:

Clermont s French flanker Julien Bonnaire is tackled v Castres

Big one: Castres v Clermont

Two games are scheduled for Friday in the Top 14 as Toulon and Castres will host Bordeaux-Bčgles and Clermont respectively as Round 11 kicks-off.

Toulon v Bordeaux-Bčgles
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon

Despite being 12-0 ahead at the break against title rivals Toulouse last week, Toulon let a handy advantage slip away to leave the Stade Ernest Wallon both without victory and watching Toulouse climb to first in the Top 14.

That leaves Toulon playing catch-up - three league points now separating them from the summit with Perpignan and Clermont sandwiched in between.

Jonny Wilkinson uncharacteristically missed two late penalties last Saturday that could and arguably should have ensured victory. Whilst the early part of his week was spent getting married, the latter has no doubt been a routine of repeatedly hammering over penalties in anger. Toulon will welcome him back to the number ten jersey, but Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe will not be present after he was ruled out for three months due to an elbow fracture.

Bordeaux-Bčgles meanwhile lost out 20-31 to Perpignan on the road last week and sit a nervous four points above the relegation zone.

Little is expected of the visitors for this one but Metuisela Talebulamaijaina's brace last weekend proved they can score tries - with their points difference only standing at -14 in an important advantage over their relegation rivals Bayonne (-84) and Oyonnax (-79).

Results last season: Toulon 42-12 Bordeaux; Bordeaux 41-0 Toulon
Prediction: Simple enough. Toulon by 15 points.
Kick-off: 19:00 (18:00 GMT)
Referee: Sebastien Minery


Castres v Clermont
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Ninth plays second in the big game of the weekend as Castres look to back up last week's impressive 39-0 win over Biarritz with the scalp of Clermont.

BO were no match for this Friday's hosts while Clermont were given a real scare by Brive on home soil before edging them out to continue their unbeaten run at Marcel Michelin. Net result being that Castres enter this game as favourites as the defending champions look to climb the standings.

That 39-0 win was a result claimed without Rory Kockott in the starting XV so expect him to be fully rested and back in the side against les Jaunards.

Clermont meanwhile had to rely on a late try from Napolioni Nalaga and the boot of Brock James to get past Brive but have a daunting task ahead of them this weekend as they have not won a league match in Castres in 37 years, the last coming in October 1976 when they won 15-11 at Stade Pierre-Antoine.

Results last season: Castres 16-13 Clermont; Clermont 9-25 Castres
Prediction: Castres to take this by 10 points.
Kick-off: 21:00 (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Laurent Cardona

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale13:00
Castres vs Leinster15:15
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Brive vs Zebre19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade FrancaisTBC
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615