Round 1 was packed full of twists and turns – who saw Bayonne winning against Toulon? – so we head into Round 2 of the new Top 14 season ready to expect the unexpected.
Toulouse v Bordeaux-Bègles
An opening day win over Montpellier was a big statement from Toulouse after a few mediocre seasons, outscoring their visitors two tries to none too. This is another tough home test up against UBB, who will be buzzing on their trip south after defeating defending champions Racing 92 on the opening day. Ian Madigan won the kicking battle that day with Dan Carter and faces another smart marksman this week in Sébastian Bézy. Raphaël Ibanez will be hoping his ambitious side can produce more try-scoring opportunities. Toulouse by 5.
Montpellier v Clermont
A monster clash awaits on Sunday between two of the league’s title contenders. Montpellier fell flat in Round 1 at Toulouse and Jake White will be expecting more in attack from his star-studded group. Clermont meanwhile came away from their trip to La Rochelle with a frustrating 30-30 draw, having led 24-10 at the break. This all comes down to which packs gets the upper hand, and neither set of forwards are exactly the shy and retiring type. Montpellier look a little susceptible after last weekend, giving Clermont a big chance. They could sneak it. Clermont by 3.
Other Top 14 predictions:
Pau v Toulon: Toulon by 7
Bayonne v Castres: Castres by 5
Brive v Stade Français: Stade by 9
Grenoble v La Rochelle: Grenoble by 3
Racing 92 v Lyon: Racing by 10