Tuesday 21 November 2017

Faltering Toulouse face fight for play-off spot

Lionel Beauxis of Toulouse
Lionel Beauxis of Toulouse

Declan Rooney

The pressure is mounting on Munster's next Heineken Cup opponents to start accumulating points in the Top 14 after Toulouse's 25-5 defeat to Ronan O'Gara's Racing Metro dropped them to sixth place in the standings.

Wins elsewhere for Montpellier and Grenoble saw Guy Noves' side tumble down the table; with just the top six earning play-off spots, and with Toulon and Racing hot on their heels, some wins are badly needed.

Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton set Racing on their way with a fifth-minute try and he went on to kick two penalties and two conversions. Only an 80th-minute try from Timoci Matanavou saved Toulouse from a whitewash.

Like the Pro12, the Top 14 breaks for the first week of the Six Nations, so an understrength Toulouse will have to wait until next weekend to recover, but a home game against fifth-placed Montpellier is the perfect way to steady the ship.

The winner of the Munster v Toulouse clash on Saturday, April 5 (1.30) will take on either Leinster or Toulon in the semi-final.

Irish Independent

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