The French government forced rugby administrators to recognise what was going on around them and postpone/cancel the 2 rounds of European games. That’s allowed the Top14 to catch up on 4 games that have been postponed earlier this season. You do wonder if the European competitions can be finished and if it would be better off just cancelling it and allowing the teams to concentrate on domestic leagues.
Anyway let’s get on with the Top 14 Catch-up predictions.
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Here are my Top 14 Catch-up Predictions:
As these are postponed games I had already predicted the results. Looking back over them there is only 1 that I’ve changed.
In the first game I’m backing home advantage, Clermont are a class side and a 3/6 record on the road is decent in France. However they are up against a top half of the table side in Bordeaux. Bordeaux are there due to formidable home record of only 1 loss to Racing 92. Clermont are not playing at the level of Racing at the moment.
This is the one that I’ve changed my mind on. When I picked this last time I went with Montpellier. However their recent (well most of the season) form has been really poor. When they put back to back home wins together in October it looked like things were heading in the right direction. Since then only 1 win shows that the wheels have fallen back off. Castres on the other hand have won 3 of their last 4 games including 2 on the road! Sure one was Pau but the other was Lyon who are up in 4th.
|Bordeaux Begles v ASM Clermont Auvergne||Bordeaux Begles by 3|
|Bayonne v Pau||Bayonne by 3|
|Montpellier v Castres||Castres by 3|
|Racing 92 v Toulon||Racing 92 by 10|
Record So Far
Over all I’m 62 from 89 or 70%, I’m actually quite happy with that considering how messed up this season has been.