Preview: Toulouse v Perpignan

14th Feb 2013, 17:28

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At full-back for Toulouse: Clement Poitrenaud

At full-back for Toulouse: Clement Poitrenaud

Perpignan travel to defending Top 14 champions Toulouse on Friday seeking their first victory in the Ville Rose in 31 years!

Perpignan travel to defending Top 14 champions Toulouse on Friday seeking their first victory in the Ville Rose in 31 years!

The Catalans' last win in Toulouse was a 9-0 success back in 1982 but they will fancy their chances of an upset this weekend against an out-of-sorts home side.

Although USAP are the only Top 14 side yet to win on the road this term, they will take heart from their 34-20 win in the last clash between these sides, in Barcelona.

Toulouse coach Guy Novès has openly admitted his team is struggling after their loss to lowly Agen last week and a below-par performance against Biarritz in their last home game. A major step up is required if they are to maintain their unbeaten home record.

The absence of seven French internationals will not help the hosts' cause either but they do welcome back hooker Christopher-Eric Tolofua, centre Gaël Fickou and prop Vasil Kakovin.

Perpignan are looking to bounce back from a narrow loss in Bayonne last week that left them in eighth place, three points short of the play-off spots.

Perpignan lock Romain Taofifenua has been released by the French national side and starts, as does Wales play-maker James Hook.

Stade Toulousain: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Maxime Medard, 13 Yann David, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Yves Donguy, 10 Luke Mcalister , 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Gillian Galan , 7 Gregory Lamboley, 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Romain Millo chlusky, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Christopher-Eric Tolofua, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Sylvain Nicolas, 20, Jean Marc Doussain, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Yannick Jauzion, 23 Yohan Montes

USA Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Farid Sid, 13 David Marty, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 James Hook, 9 Florian Cazenave, 8 Henri Tuilagi, 7 Bertrand Guiry, 6 Daniel Leo, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Kisi Pulu, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua.
Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Guillaume Vilaceca, 19 Luke Narraway, 20 David Mele, 21 Gavin Hume, 22 Sione Piukala, 23 Jerome Schuster

Date: Friday, February 15
Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse
Kick-off: 20:50 (19.50 GMT)
Referee: P. Gaüzere