La Rochelle to test their met­tle in Toulon

Sport360 - - Motorsport Malaysian Grand Prix - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360

La Rochelle face a true test of their Top 14 am­bi­tions when they travel to big-spend­ing Toulon to­day (kick-off: 16:45), the sixth round of matches in France’s elite divi­sion.

The western Atlantic team, driven by out­stand­ing All Black No8 and Top 14 player of the sea­son Vic­tor Vito, fin­ished atop the reg­u­lar sea­son stand­ings last year, only to be knocked out in the top six play-offs.

While that came as surprise to many, all seems to again be run­ning its course this sea­son, with La Rochelle sit­ting in sec­ond a point off lead­ers Mont­pel­lier and fresh off a 57-12 maul­ing of Oy­on­nax. “What in­ter­ests us is what’s com­ing up and to pre­pare for who awaits us,” La Rochelle coach Pa­trice Col­lazo said of Toulon af­ter the Oy­on­nax match. Toulon pres­i­dent Mourad Boud­jel­lal’s lat­est star re­cruit, how­ever, will not play against La Rochelle. Semi Radradra (l) is the lat­est in a long line of sign­ings for Toulon, the gi­ant Fi­jian cen­tre/winger hav­ing joined on a one-year con­tract from the Par­ra­matta Eels in Aus­tralia’s NRL. Voted best winger in the NRL in both 2014 and 2015 sea­sons, Radradra’s favoured XVs po­si­tion is cen­tre, Boud­jel­lal ad­mit­ting his sign­ing was a “bet that was a lit­tle crazy but mea­sured”.

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