Preview: Montpellier v Toulouse

08th Sep 2013, 16:08

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Toulouse speed machine: Maxime Medard

Toulouse speed machine: Maxime Medard

Toulouse travel to Stade Yves Du Manoir in Montpellier in the standout feature of Round Five of the Top 14 on Sunday.

Toulouse travel to Stade Yves Du Manoir in Montpellier in the standout feature of Round Five of the Top 14 on Sunday.

Fourth plays fifth in a rematch of the 2011 final. Toulouse face a third heavyweight opponent in eights days having lost to Clermont last weekend before convincingly beating Racing Metro on Wednesday.

Montpellier have had a far easier time of it and will be looking for a third straight win after beating Brive at home and then Bordeaux-Begles on the road.

Montpellier has become a very difficult place to visit but Toulouse have a decent record there, with four wins and a draw in ten games.

Just days after his arrival, South African prop Schalk Ferreira will make his Toulouse debut in a side that features Hosea Gear on the left wing.

François Trinh-Duc, who was left our of the France training squad named on Thursday, will start at fly-half for Montpellier

Montpllier: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Yoan Audrin, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Timoci Nagusa,10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Mickael de Marco, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Mickael Ivaldi, 1 Yvan Watremez
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Leleimalefaga, 18 Robins Tchale Watchou, 19 John Beattie, 20 Benoit Paillaugue, 21 Thomas Combezou, 22 Benoit Sicart, 23 Maximiliano Bustos

Toulouse: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Maxime Medard, 13 Yann David, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Romain Millo Chlusky, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martinus Jacobus van der Heever, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Yoann Maestri, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Gillian Galan, 22 Sebastien Bezy, 23 Lionel Beauxis

Results last season: Montpellier won 10-8 at home; Toulouse won 27-9 at home
Prediction: Home won. Montpellier by five
Kick-off: 15.30 local (13.30 GMT)
Referee: Paul Gauzere