Tuesday 12 December 2017

Toulouse v Connacht

Guide to the Game

Form Guide: Toulouse WWLWL, Connacht WLLLL

Match Betting: Toulouse 1/200, Connacht 20/1, Draw 50/1

Handicap: Toulouse (-25) 10/11, Connacht (+25) 10/11, Draw (-25) 20/1

KEY MAN

Craig Clarke

Recruited from Super Rugby champions Waikato Chiefs and arrived with a big reputation, Connacht need their marquee signing to produce the goods at the Stade Ernest Wallon. The captain must lead by example with a big, physical display.

THREE THINGS CONNACHT MUST DO

1 Keep it simple

Improvements in the key metrics are all well and good, but when you're not winning and taking on a better team, you have to stick to the basics and get them right. Toulouse will turn errors into points and Pat Lam's side must limit their opportunities.

2 Front up

The westerners' have a tradition of giving big performances if not getting results when required and they will need every ounce of that spirit. Guy Noves has named a huge pack and the visitors must attempt to stop them gaining momentum.

3 Pray

This is not a place you want to go low on confidence. The gods of Toulouse are unforgiving and Connacht must hope that they catch Europe's most successful club on an off-day. Otherwise they could be in big trouble.

Irish Independent

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