Toulouse v Connacht Champions Cup Preview

17 January 2017

Toulouse v Connacht Champions Cup Preview
Pool 2
Wasps (17 points) will be favourites to win at Zebre and secure their place in the knockout stage, but the clash of Toulouse (14 points) and Connacht (18 points) at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday promises to be a Round 6 classic. A victory for Connacht and it's straightforward, the Irish province will be in the quarter-finals for the first time, but a win for Toulouse, and the calculators will be out in force. Keep in mind that if it comes to a match points head-to-head between the two clubs, Connacht have four points from their Round 1 success and Toulouse have one point.

Toulouse v Connacht Rugby
Sunday, 22 January
Kick-off: 16:15
Stade Ernest Wallon

Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
Assistant Ref: JP Doyle (Eng)
Assistant Ref: Peter Allan (Eng)
TMO: David Grashoff (Eng)
Citing Commissioner: John Montgomery (Sco)

Match facts

  • After previous defeats to Ulster and to Connacht, Toulouse are looking to avoid a third consecutive home loss against Irish opposition.

  • Connacht won in Toulouse in Round 3 in 2013  having scored just three points in total on their two previous Champions Cup games in France.

  • Connacht top the charts for carries, metres, clean breaks and defenders beaten this season.

  • Connacht are the only team in the competition to average more than 20 minutes of possession per game so far (20m 13s).

  • Toulouse have averaged 24.8 offloads per game in this campaign, no other side has averaged 20.


Team comparison (European Cup record)

ToulouseConnacht Rugby
Total Points For4164443
Total Points Against2885514
Total Tries For44842
Total Tries Against25457


2016/17 Points Scorers                                                                                       Head-to-head record

ToulouseTeamConnacht Rugby


Sebastien Bezy29
Toby Flood19
Arthur Bonneval15
Yoann Huget15


Connacht Rugby:

08/12/2013Toulouse14-16Connacht Rugby
14/12/2013Connacht Rugby9-37Toulouse
15/10/2016Connacht Rugby23-21Toulouse


Jack Carty28
John Cooney21
Craig Ronaldson17