Monday 23 October 2017

Connacht v Toulouse -- Guide to the Game

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Form Guide: Connacht LLLLW Toulouse WLWLL

Match Betting: Connacht 5/1 Toulouse 1/9 Draw 25/1

Handicap: Connacht +13 10/11 Toulouse -13 10/11 Handicap Draw 20/1

KEY MAN

Kieran Marmion

Marmion was superb in France last weekend, dotting down for a try to cap a performance that will have done his Six Nations chances no harm at all. And if Connacht are to deliver tonight, he'll need a similarly big performance as he continues his rapid rise to prominence.

3 THINGS CONNACHT MUST DO

1 Move Toulouse around

Guy Noves' has named a massive pack for tonight's game who will be more than happy in the tight exchanges. But they could be made uncomfortable if they are pulled around a little bit. Marmion did an excellent job of that last week and a repeat performance would be a good start.

2 Get the crowd into the game

They'll be hanging from the rafters in the Sportsground tonight and it's important that they have something to shout about. Keeping Toulouse within sight going into the final quarter would be a massive boost to Pat Lam and his troops.

3 Have a go

Toulouse are expected to land here with a point to prove after last week's shock home defeat, but it was Connacht who set the tone in France last weekend. They will have received a massive confidence boost from ending their losing streak and can play without fear.

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