Clermont Auvergne vs Bayonne
Bayonne is tenth with four points more than 13th , Lyon. Bayonne remain on a very nice home win with offensive bonus agai,nst the Stade Français (23-6). After this meeting, they have two importants home games vs Castres and Racing Metro.
Away, Bayonne never won: 1 draw for 8 defeats.
This meeting is not a priority for Bayonne who knows he will be very difficult to come back with anything from Auvergne. Thus, the staff decided to rest the key players. Rokocoko O’Connor, Spedding, Chisholm, Fernandez, Loustalot, Iguiñiz Etrillard are not in the group instead of youngsters Duhalde, Fuster and Lucas Pointud who should celebrate their first starts this Saturday. The young lock Allan Gravel integrates the group for the first time. If the third line might look beautiful with Fa’aoso, Ollivon Monribot and the rest of the team including the bench will be very weak. In addition, Haare, Stewart, Gayraud, Vaka and Marmouyet are injured!
Clermont is in first place in the TOP 14 with a point ahead of his nearest rival, Toulon. ASM has two home games that should enable them to ensure their leading position (Bayonne and Bordeaux).
At home, the ASM has lost only one game this season: 21-20 against Montpellier. Many times they won widely: 32-6 vs Tracing Metro, 43-12 vs Lyon, 30-10 vs La Rochelle, 51-9 vs Stade Français, 44-20 vs Brive.
For this meeting, Clermont has several absentees Morgan groParra, Wesley Fofana, Benjamin Kayser and Jonathan Davies. Aurelien Rougerie returned. However, as they have a huge group, the team remains very beautifuf.
Bayonne does not match a goal. They know they can not pick. I expect a very big win for ASM.
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