Mayol’s audience is standing to applaud and support his former player. Sobela comes into play in his stead.
Bastareaud collapsed alone in the middle of the field on an attempt to break through. The Lyon captain was hit in the right knee and screamed in pain … He was evacuated on a stretcher after several minutes.
Heriteau in turn misses a pass near the touchline, and the audience begins to growl.
After several exchanges of kicks, the Toulonnais initiate a first action built but end up sending a transmission in touch.
The teams make their entry on the lawn of Mayol, under the direction of Mr. Marbot.
On the Var side, we have so far shown the worst record in terms of registered tests (13), and the Toulonnais have not exceeded the 20 points scored in a match since day 3 (38-5 against Stade Français).
With 27 tries registered and only 15 conceded, Lyon is part of the top 3 of the Championship in these two categories. But the Rhone have shown a lot of irregularity this season, and have won only one away game.
LOU have won 4 of their last 5 matches against RCT in Top 14, including the last duel between the two teams, on March 27 at Gerland (54-16).
The Lyon compo: Arnold – Tuisova, Barassi, Ngatai, Veredamu – Berdeu, Pélissié – Bastareaud, Taufua, Cretin, – R. Taofifenua, Geraci – Bamba, Marchand, S. Taofifenua.
Pierre Mignoni also made the choice to postpone the week off imposed on his internationals until later. Bamba and Taofifenua are thus holders this Saturday.
The Toulon compo: Luc – Wainiqolo, Paia’aua, Hériteau, Villière – Belleau, Serin – Isa, Lakafia, Rebbadj – Alainu’Uese, Nakarawa – Gigashvili, Etrillard, Gros.
While he notably recovers Serin (recovered from a shoulder injury) in the scrum, the RCT will also rely on several players called upon during the autumn tour with their respective selection (Villière, Gros, Gigashvili, Nakarawa, Isa).
For its part, the LOU is in 4th place (5 wins, 5 losses) and relaunched 2 weeks ago by beating Castres (30-23) after two consecutive losses.
12th in the standings (3 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses), the RCT hopes that the international break has refreshed bodies and minds, and that the new coach Franck Azéma will be able to impose his paw.
Hello and welcome to all of you to follow this meeting of the 11th day of Top 14 between Toulon and Lyon!