Wasps v Toulouse Champions Cup Preview

Match Preview

  • Since Wasps defeated Toulouse 77-17 in the first meeting between the clubs in 1996, the following six games have all been decided by seven points or fewer. There have been two draws including the 20-20 result at Stade Ernest Wallon in Round 2.
  • The sides met in the 2004 final at Twickenham with Wasps edging out Toulouse 27-20 thanks to a famous opportunistic try by Rob Howley.
  • Toulouse have failed to win in their last four fixtures against Premiership opposition (L3, D1), their worst such run.
  • Both Wasps and Toulouse have beaten a total of 103 defenders to date this season – the highest in the tournament.
  • Wasps have scored four tries from kick returns, more than any other side.
  • Only Exeter Chiefs (76%) have a lower scrum success rate than Wasps (79%).
  • There have been no successful second-half penalties kicked in Toulouse’s four games so far (for or against).
  • Wasps have scored eight tries in the final 20 minutes of their matches this season, more than any other side. Toulouse have crossed for just two tries in the same period.
  • Toulouse’s Joe Tekori has made the second highest number of offloads (11) behind Leone Nakarawa of Racing 92 who has 14 from just three matches.
  • Josh Bassett is joint-second on the try scoring list with Nick Abendanon of Clermont. Both have 4, one behind the top scorer, Leinster’s Isa Nacewa who has crossed for five.

Saturday, 14 January 2017
Kick-off: 15:15, Ricoh Arena
Referee: John Lacey (Ire)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Gallagher (Ire)
Assistant Referee 2: Barrie O’Connell (Ire)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ire)
Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (Ire)
TV: BT Sport / beIN Sports

Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Wasps 4 2 1 1 152 71 81 20 8 2 1 13
2 Toulouse 4 2 1 1 131 64 67 17 7 2 1 13
3 Connacht Rugby 4 3 0 1 112 78 34 15 9 1 0 13
4 Zebre Rugby 4 0 0 4 42 224 -182 5 33 0 0 0

Still to play

22/01/2017 6 Toulouse   v Connacht Rugby
22/01/2017 6 Zebre Rugby   v Wasps