Champions Cup – Toulouse has its destiny in hand against Munster

CHAMPIONS CUP – After three victories in a row in the continental battle, Stade Toulousain sees itself propelled to the knockout phase. If with these three successes, the hard part is done, a victory against Munster is essential to afford the final stages at home.

Contract almost completed. Stade Toulousain can breathe, its European season is going ideally until then. After a success in the hostile lair of Thomond Park and a successful double confrontation against the English of Sale, the Red and Blacks are qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

Except that with this new continental format, a clear round in the group stage is essential if you want to hope to receive all your opponents at home. So, yes, the people of Toulouse travel well (7 wins in 10 trips in all competitions this season). But playing the decisive matches at home can be a game-changer.

With the integration of the South African provinces (Stormers, Sharks, Bulls), the format of the competition has changed. Two pools of twelve clubs, in which each team faces two different opponents and the best eight come out. Only the first two of the groups will have the advantage of playing all of their matches on their lawns, in front of their public.

To ensure that they remain leader of Pool B, Toulouse must win with a bonus against Munster

To ensure that they remain leader of Pool B, Toulouse must win with a bonus against Munster
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Present at a press conference, number 10 Romain Ntamack returned to the importance of playing these matches at home: “We hope to have the most elimination matches in Ernest-Wallon. We saw that last season it was difficult away from home and we want to avoid that this year.

Currently leader of Pool B, Toulouse is betting on a victory on home soil against the Irish from Munster to keep its lead against another French club, the reigning European champions, Stade Rochelais.

A capital bonus point

Despite an important victory on the lawn of Sale last weekend, the Toulouse Stadium has something to feed some regrets in view of the face of the meeting. In particular for an offensive bonus point missed on the way, despite the numerical superiority.

As Antoine Dupont reminded us, we will have to show more realism on Sunday against Munster: “We would have liked to pocket the offensive bonus in Sale, but we lacked efficiency, it’s up to us to rectify the situation on Sunday.”

In superiority, Toulouse missed the offensive bonus at Sale

In superiority, Toulouse missed the offensive bonus at Sale
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To avoid regrets and afford a second game of competition at home, the Pink City club absolutely knows what it must do: win on its lawn against Munster and with the offensive bonus.

If Ugo Mola manager of the club was satisfied with the qualification, to receive him in the final phase is often synonymous with European career: “We are obviously satisfied with our 3 victories. But when you look at the history of the competition, the teams that receive in the final phase generally go further in the latter. We have the cards in hand, it’s up to us to play.

The conclusion is clear. Toulouse is certainly in the round of 16, but to avoid remorse, the bonus victory against the Munstermen is essential. The meeting against the Irish province promises some sparks on the side of Ernest-Wallon this Sunday.

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