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Joseph: return?

By P G Tips
January 16 2019

Following their first European win of the season against Wasps, Bath must now face continental pedigree in Toulouse on Sunday. Having sneaked victory in a patchy match, they will want to continue their improving performance in preparation for the resumption of the Premiership challenge next month. For Bath it is another dead rubber, while Toulouse, known locally as “La Ville Rose” –the pink city- can secure a knockout place with a win. So who will be flush with success at the end?

Toulouse scraped their first 2 wins in Pool 2, Freddie Burns’ error gifting them a barely deserved win in the Rec opener and it was not until the home tie against Wasps that they hit their stride. They have conceded 13 tries, 6 of them in 2 home matches and failed to gain a point in last weekend’s defeat by Leinster. For 4 times European Champions (and 19 times domestic winners) their current standing as Europe’s 8th seed is disappointing.

 

All that might offer Bath some encouragement but for the fact that Toulouse must win- in front of passionate home support- to be certain of making the quarter finals. Bath meanwhile have been frustratingly inconsistent away from home in all competitions and must manage depleted resources in the front row and loose forwards for more meaningful domestic matches. More squad rotation is likely to be the plan and any injuries picked up last Saturday will only add to an already difficult task. They could well be pink with embarrassment by Sunday evening.

 

Men to watch on the Toulouse side could be Marchand, Faumuina, Tekori and Kaino among the forwards. Behind the scrum they have plenty of speed and trickery in Dupont, Huget, Ntamack, Guitone, Kolbe and Medard and can chose between Mermoz and Bonneval to inject more pace from the bench. Guitone and Medard have grabbed 7 tries between them in the competition while Ramos stands second equal with Owen Farrell in tournament points scorers on 57. Bath will need to curb their seemingly habitual indiscipline to stand a chance.

 

For Bath the news that Taulupe Faletau has fractured his arm again could not come at a worse time. Against Wasps he showed some of his old form while recent injuries to Ellis, Underhill and Garvey will side-line them for up to one, two and three months respectively. Toulouse is famous for it’s Foie Gras and their supporters will hope to force feed humiliation on depleted opponents. It is also the centre of France’s aerospace industry and they will want this weekend to be the time when their European campaign truly takes flight.

 

Bath must travel in hope, if not expectation. Realistically their chances of victory will be slim, but they have a good record over the years of springing surprises on French soil. With further European progress out of the question what matters is the performance – and hopefully a continuation of the attacking ambition shown fitfully against Wasps. The centre pairing of Wright and Clark- a mix of guile and thrust - played a major part in that effort, as did the interventions of the loose forwards in open play. If the game opens up in Bath’s favour Jonathon Joseph may get a chance from the bench, his first rugby in nine months. Fans will hope to see his arcing breaks and rush defence imposing on the game as in past seasons.

 

Bath’s last visit to Toulouse ended in victory in a pulsating match. Only the most optimistic would expect them to come up roses this time, but can we hope for more of the counter attack we saw last weekend? This time executed with precision and finished off?

 

Possible Teams:
Bath:
V Rooyen, Walker, Perenise, Attwood, Charteris, Douglas, Bayliss, Mercer, Green, Priestland, Vuna, Wright, Clark, Homer. Atkins.

Replacements: vaughan, V Vuuren, Lahiff, Stooke, Louw, Cook, Wilson Joseph.

 

Toulouse:Castets, Marchand (capt), Faumuina; Arnold, Tekori; Cros, Elstadt, Kaino. Dupont, Ramos. Huget, Ntamack, Guitone, Kolbe. Medard.

Replacements: Ghiraldini, Pointud, Aldegheri, Faasalele, Gray, Placines, Bezy, Holmes. Bonneval.

 

 

 

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2019:01:30:08:47:46 by P G Tips.

P G Tips
P G Tips
16/01/2019 16:53
Chron injury update arrests JJ expected to "make his comeback." Ewels will not be risked. Noguera has an ankle injury and will give way to Vaughan.

In better news, Obano back in training (won't be risked for a month), MConnochie back in training and Faletau's injury may be only "4-6 weeks" out.

PG

BathBurger
BathBurger
16/01/2019 17:13
Quote:
P G Tips

In better news, Obano back in training (won't be risked for a month), MConnochie back in training and Faletau's injury may be only "4-6 weeks" out.

PG

Obano back training is great news (not that I want them to rush him back). Hope for the best re Faletau.

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shipwrecked
16/01/2019 17:32
I hear they've ordered a special sun bed at the Spa for TF to boost his vitamin D.

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BathMatt53
BathMatt53
17/01/2019 13:05
Some interesting team info.

Francois Louw, Josh Bayliss and Zach Mercer are the only registered and fit back rowers. Vaughan isn't registered.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

P G Tips
P G Tips
18/01/2019 11:59
Bath Rugby team to face Toulouse

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Max Clark

11. Darren Atkins

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Chris Cook

1. Jacques van Rooyen

2. Jack Walker

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Dave Attwood

5. Luke Charteris (c)

6. Francois Louw

7. Josh Bayliss

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Max Lahiff

18. Henry Thomas

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Michael van Vuuren

21. Kahn Fotuali’i

22. Alex Davies

23. Max Wright


Strong in the circumstances.

PG

Beergoggles
Beergoggles
18/01/2019 12:01
Leinster should be pleased with that selection. Welcome back JJ, show us what we've missed.

ghost
ghost
18/01/2019 12:02
JJ, excellent news!

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Rawce
18/01/2019 12:10
The Beef going back to his old loosehead role and MVV going back to his old flanker role. Interesting, but I guess considering the circumstances I can understand.

JJ back! Let's see what he can do.

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shipwrecked
18/01/2019 12:10
Just hope JJ is ready!

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Beno Obano Age 24 years, Loosehead prop, 5ft 8ins 18st 12lbs 'Mauls are like Transformers' they change form to become more powerful!

ballsout
ballsout
18/01/2019 12:33
Quote:
Rawce
The Beef going back to his old loosehead role and MVV going back to his old flanker role. Interesting, but I guess considering the circumstances I can understand.
JJ back! Let's see what he can do.

Not that interesting, just cause of injuries.

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shipwrecked
18/01/2019 12:36
Come on BO it is a little bit interesting!

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ballsout
ballsout
18/01/2019 12:46
Not really

Rokoholic
Rokoholic
18/01/2019 12:54
I think it’s interesting SW

Sir Redneck
Sir Redneck
18/01/2019 12:56
I always rated Lahiff at loosehead - I don't think he's been the same player since switching to tighthead.

fat lock
fat lock
18/01/2019 13:23
I agree Sir - always seemed better suited to LH

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Clarkey3k
18/01/2019 18:20
A good side (behind the front row) with all the starters playing in their best position, take note EJ. We have a chance and I hope we take it and come home without more injuries to give us the best chance to make Prem progress in the 6N window...

Adopted players: 2019/20 T Faletau; [19] M V Vuuren; [18] T Faletau; [17] D Denton; [16] H. Agulla; [15] L Houston; [14] W Spencer; [13] F. Louw

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Bath Hammer
Bath Hammer
20/01/2019 04:38
We cannot on any account afford injuries to Louw &/or Mercer so what chance that?

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