Toulouse struggling ahead of trip to Munster

They sit in 9th place in the Top 14

BY Simon Maguire 15:29 Tuesday 28 March 2017, 15:29 28 Mar 2017

Toulouse's Arthur Bonneval scores a try. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Toulouse head to Thomond Park this weekend a pale shadow of the stature the club used to demand. 

The former European champions have been consigned to the history books as rivals Toulon have stolen the spotlight in recent years. Racing 92 and Clermont have both been more prevelant than Toulouse over the last few seasons.

Their former coach Guy Noves left to take on the national job and their legendary captain Thierry Dusautoir is showing signs of his age.

They sit in ninth spot in the Top 14 having lost 12 games so far this season and only have a scoring differential of +5.

Toulouse's Yoann Huget celebrates at the final whistle. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

They go into the match with Munster on the back of four losses in their last five league matches but are still only three points outside the play-off places.

Toulouse scraped through the pool stages in the Champions Cup and needed to beat Connacht at home on the last round of pool games to squeeze into the last eight.

They also lost both of their big away pool matches in Galway and Coventry en route to the quarter-finals. 

Regardless of their poor form, they have a host of French internationals with Yoann Huget, Jean-Marc Doussain and Gael Fickou complementing their monster pack and can win any game once off. 

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony is looking forward to the challenge that is coming their way at Thomond Park while the French side are still on for a domestic and European double. 

 

 

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