Toulon vs Leinster by Sebmc
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Fifth and penultimate day of H-Cup.
Ulster is in last place in the group with only six points. The Ulstermen are already out of the competition with three losses in four games. The Irish were defeated in the first day at Leicester (25-18), second day against Toulon 13-23 in the previous day against Llanelli (22-13). Their only victory in this competition was against Llanelli in the third day (24-9).
In the league, Ulster is also more troubled than previous seasons. They are only fifth with 39 points.
For this meeting, Neil Doak decided to rest Tommy Bowe, Craig Gilroy and Rory Best, three of the best players on the team. In addition, he decided to make 7 changes in his starting 15. The first row is completely renewed compared to the last game. Indeed, Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring and Bronson Ross will start the game. The latter will experience his first start of the season. Second row, Dan Tuohy was injured last weekend and will be replaced by Franco van der Merwe. The third row is also changed with Michael McComish who will make his first start of the season. At back, except the players that are rest, this is the best back line possible. The bench is not bad with a few regulars and some usual substitutes.
Toulon has the best team in Europe. They are top of their group with five points ahead of the second Llanelli.
They have won three of their four games but have never get the offensive bonus. So, for now, they are not amongst the first best team of groups and are therefore not in a position to play their quarterfinal at home.
In the next day, Toulon has a pretty tricky trip to Llanelli. They, therefore need to take maximum points on Saturday. This requires a victory with the offensive bonus.
Giteau is absent for this meeting, as Hernandez. So, Sanchez will evolve to the position of opener. Apart from this small problem, the best team is aligned.
Toulon risk of eating Ulster in scrum. They will be highly motivated to take 5 points instead of the Irish who have nothing to play.
|Toulon -15.5||Unibet||1.80||6||60-22 WON (+4.8 units)|
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