Connacht vs La Rochelle by Sebmc

European Challenge Cup

 

Gloucester is second of the group with two big victories : 47-27 in Bayonne and 37-8 vs Benetton Treviso. In Premiership, they are only 8th. At home, they lost 3 times (Leicester, Newcastle, Bath) and won only once (London Wasps). Darren Dawidiuk, Tom Lindsay, Sione Kalamafoni, Jeremy Thrush, Andy Symons, Henry Trinder, Tom Marshall are injured. John Afoa, Jonny May, Ben Morgan, Mariano Galarza, Willi Heinz, James Hook et Billy Twelvetrees. The coach made 10 changes compared to last week-end. Usual wing David Halaifonua will play fullback. The pack of forwards lack power. Bench is average with youngster Callum Braley and Freddie Clarke.

 

La Rochelle is first with 2 big victories: 41-10 in Tréviso and 51-24 vs Bayonne. This year, they are fully focused on this competition. In Top 14, La Rochelle is 2nd. They are very nice to watch. Kini Murimurivalu, Vincent Pelo, Jérémie Maurouard, Pierre Aguillon, Paul Jordaan, Jordan Seneca are injured. Patrice Collazo decided to line-up its best team. The front row is very powerful. The back row is amazing with Gourdon, Vito and Qovu. The back line is impressive with the pair of center Botia – Barry, french international Gabriel Lacroix. Bench is average with some good players like Brock James, Gau, Sazy.

 

Gloucester : 15. David Halaifonua; 14. Ollie Thorley, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Greig Laidlaw (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck 2. Motu Matu’u, 3. Salesi Ma’afu; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Joe Latta; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Gareth Evans 16. Richard Hibbard, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Paul Doran-Jones, 19. Tom Denton, 20. Freddie Clarke, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Charlie Sharples, 23. Lewis Ludlow

 

La Rochelle : 15. Vincent Rattez; 14. Gabriel Lacroix, 13. Steve Barry, 12. Botia Veivuke, 11. David Raikuna; 10. Zack Holmes, 9. Ricky Januarie; 4. Jason Eaton, 5. Mathieu Tanguy, 6. Kevin Gourdon, 7. Victor Vito, 8. Jone Qovu Nailiko1. Mike Corbel, 2. Hikairo Forbes, 3. Uini Atonio 16. Maxime Gau, 17. Dany Priso, 18. Mohamed Boughanmi, 19. Damien Lagrange, 20. Romain Sazy, 21. Alexi Bales, 22. Brock James, 23. Elliot Roudil

 

La Rochelle is stronger. They are one of the best French team at this moment. I don't understand the odds at all. They should be slight favorite.. Big confidence !!!!

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
La Rochelle BetVictor 2.62 8 35-14 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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