La Rochelle vs Castres Olympique by Sebmc
Castres made a disastrous start of the season despite a relatively favorable schedule. During the first day of the season they lost at home against Stade Français. During the second day, they lost 35-6 in Toulouse against Stade Toulousain, a team which is struggling this season. In the third day, they take the offensiv bonus against Bayonne before collapsing in Montpellier (43-10).
So they are only twelfth with the same amount of points than the relegation zone. Castres also has the worst defense in the league behind La Rochelle. For this match, Castres is very weakened. In addition to Beattie who is suspended following his red card last week, Karena Wihongi (reprise), Yannick Forestier (cervical), Ramiro Herrera (Four Nations) Siviveni Sivivatu (shoulder), Marcel Garvey (shoulder), Geoffrey Palis (stand) and Max Evans (calf) have been ruled out. So frontline Lazar has started only eight games in two years! The third line Caballero - Bornman - Faasalele is very mobile but sorely lacking in power. The back line is decimated and will struggle to defend against the fast backline of Stade Rochelais. The hinge is however very high level with the duo Kockott - Tales.
Le XV de départ: Dumora ; Combezou, Lamerat, Cabannes, Grosso ; (o) Tales, (m) Kockott ; Caballero, Bornman, Faasalele ; Capo Ortega, Gray ; Faanunu, Mach, Lazar.
Substitutes: Bonello, Taumoepeau, Samson, Diarra, Garcia, Martial, Kirkpatrick Montes.
La Rochelle is last of TOP 14. This team, however, did not had an easy schedule with three away games and only one home game. In their only game in their stadium of Deflandre, they won brilliantly 37-25 against Stade Toulousain. The Matitimes made a large turnover last week in Grenoble in order to focus on this game. Thus, for this meeting, Alofa, Bobo, Audy, Sazy, Grobler are back in the starting XV. Former Clermont Murimurivalu is back in the backline. Grant replace Gard in number 10.. Qovu and Atonio are also back in the 8 front like Forbes and Synaeghel.
The starting XV: Murimurivalu; Alofa, Barn, Botia, Bobo; (o) Grant, (m) Audy; Gourdon, Qovu, Sazy; Grobler, Eaton; Atonio, Forbes, Synaeghel.
Substitutes: Van Vuuren, Corbel, Cedaro, Djebaili, Berger, Gard, Lagarde, Kaulashvili.
Castres has many injured players for this meeting. Nevertheless, they have a competitive bench with Diarra, Martial, Kirkpatrick ... La Rochelle has by far a better scrum. I think that they can win without problem tonight!
|La Rochelle -4.5||Marathonbet||1.98||6||41-16 WON (+5.88 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.