The context.- Leader and author of a perfect start to the season from an accounting point of view, Stade Toulousain suffered a first setback last weekend in Lyon. Nothing to worry about in itself, just a sanction of free warnings.
The certainties.- If it lacked realism last week, this group never doubts, can rely on a conquering pack, a reliable striker and finished very strong the meetings. His pride, reinforced by the particular character of this match, will necessarily take place in a reaction, both from a defensive and offensive point of view after the performance far from his standards in Lyon, where the investment in the areas of rucks has proved to be insufficient in particular. The return to the starting XV of Dupont, a man at the start of the season capable of turning a match on a shine, should make it possible to put more uncertainty on the Tarn defense even if the solution will be above all collective.
The questions. Sometimes crumbly in the ground game, Marchand’s teammates will have to limit the nuisance power of the Tarn scratchers and also be safer under the high balls if they want to be able to conduct the proceedings as they see fit rather than spend an evening. under pressure.
The number: 100.- It is in percentage the number of players present on the scoresheet who were called to join their respective selections this fall. At the time of losing most of them, the “red and black” staff obviously did not deprive themselves. Nine will start (Baille, Mauvaka, Rory Arnold, Cros, Jelonch, Dupont, Ntamack, Lebel, Ramos) and three replacements (Marchand, Flament, Mallia).
The phrase.- “The Castres are no longer only in conquest and occupation, they offer a lot more things. They have significantly expanded their range which makes them all the more dangerous.” Clément Poitrenaud, three-quarter coach
The trend.- 55%