Top 14 – La Rochelle spoils party, Bordeaux-Bègles passes… Predictions for the play-offs

Top 14 – La Rochelle spoils party, Bordeaux-Bègles passes… Predictions for the play-offs
Top 14 – La Rochelle spoils party, Bordeaux-Bègles passes… Predictions for the play-offs

Toulon – La Rochelle and Bordeaux-Bègles – Racing 92 are the posters for the Top 14 play-offs this weekend. The Maritimes have the opportunity to create a surprise in Mayol while the Bordelais hope to reach the semi-final despite the absence of Matthieu Jalibert…

Toulon – La Rochelle

The time for the final phase has (finally) come for Toulon. Deprived of dams since 2018, the Varois this time assumed their status by finishing third in the regular phase, at the cost of a cannonball end to the season. Facing them, the Toulonnais will challenge La Rochelle (Saturday, 9:05 p.m.), deprived of its Champions Cup, and not very dashing this season. But the Maritimes provided the essentials by snatching a place in the six.

In this new context, and despite a terrible trip that awaits at Mayol, the Maritimes are moving forward with some experience in the final phase. A crucial factor, given that many Var residents have never experienced this particular perfume. At the end of a match that promises to be hellish in the fight, Ronan O’Gara’s men must save their season.

Our prediction: victory for La Rochelle

Bordeaux-Bègles – Racing 92

To the west, Bordeaux-Bègles is not to be missed. The Girondins had the luxury of hosting in a barrage (Sunday, 9:05 p.m.) and, in the event of victory, would play again in Bordeaux. Seductive for most of the season thanks to its fire attack, the UBB lost its metronome, Matthieu Jalibertand will have to grit their teeth against an Ile-de-France team that is as inconsistent as it is unpredictable.

Long leader during the first leg, Racing 92 gradually collapsed and only owes its place in the six to a try in the 78th minute, scored against La Rochelle on the last day. Without Nolann Le Garrecthe Ile-de-France residents will have a lot to do to tame the Bordeaux residents in their lair so furnished with Chaban Delmas…

Our prediction: victory for Bordeaux-Bègles

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