Saturday from 3:40 p.m. live on ESPN 3, Toulouse will receive Bordeaux in the second semi-final of the Top 14 in France. The team of Juan Cruz Mallía and Santiago Chocobares will seek to establish themselves locally and close a more than perfect season.
Toulouse has just won the Champions Cup and finished first in the regular phase of the Top 14. His current status makes him the main candidate to win the title.
Despite having had a great season, Toulouse did not start the Top 14 in the best way. The first date fell 33-30 to Clermont on the road.
From that day, until date number 6, he did not lose more. La Rochelle, Toulon, Racing 92 and Brive were their victims, mostly being outscored by a good number of points.
From the sixth date to the eighth he suffered a bad streak that left him two defeats against Lyon and Stade Francais and a draw against Castres.
Then came the string of triumphs that gave Toulouse the tip of the tournament that did not release more until the last date. Pau and Agen (in duplicate), Bayonne, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Stade Francais were the ones who suffered the forcefulness of the European champion.
With 17 wins, 1 draw and 8 defeats, Toulouse was without a doubt the most even team in the regular Top 14 stage. Thus, it waited for its rival, Bordeaux, in the semifinals. The cast of Petti, Cordero and Delguy defeated Clermont and they will meet again.
The three clashes of the season were for Toulouse, which prevailed in the two duels for the Top 14 and for the semifinal of the Champions Cup. Now, another great event finds them again: the fight to be a finalist in the maximum competition in France .