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
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.
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.