Friday, May 4, 2012

Amorosino vs Bosch



Bosch (left) and González Amorosino (21) will face over in France tonight
Round 25 of the Top14 kicks off latter on today in France with last years finalists, Montpellier playing host to Biarritz at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. It is a key match for the home side who despite being in the top four are not yet guaranteed a play in the barrage play-off´s. Montpellier are six points ahead of Stade Français who are in seventh place but the all-Paris battle at the Stade de France on Saturday could well shake things up ahead of the final round which sees Montpellier play away vs Toulouse. Biarritz also have a tough final match, at home vs Stade Français and the away match today vs Montpellier can only be viewed as a must win encounter due to the clubs position in the standings - five points ahead of Bayonne and Brive as well as two points ahead of Bordeaux and Perpignan. The bottom team will be departing to the Pro d2 alongside Lyon. 

Aside from today´s match having a lot of importance it is also going to be an extremely interesting one for Pumas followers as it offers a rare match-up of Lucas González Amorosino vs Marcelo Bosch. For the first time ever the two Pumas backs will go head-to-head at fullback for their respective French clubs. González Amorosino has been Montepllier´s fullback all season and is entereing the match as the form fullback in the Top 14. Bosch has been used at 13 and 10 for Biarritz this season and will start at 15 for the first time since 2009 when he was in good form in the position for Biarritz before having his season ended in October of that year with a serious knee injury.

The Pumas pair will be joined by fellow Argentine players on both sides with Santiago Fernández returning frmo a knock-out he suffered vs Clermont on April 20. Martín Bustos Moyano has also recovered from a minor injury to start on the left wing and will be the teams goalkicker. Up front Juan Figallo and Agustín Creevy will start in the frontrow while Maximilano Bustos is on the bench. Figallo will be facing a potential Pumas prop in the making with Francisco Goméz Kodela starting at tighthead prop for Biarritz.

Montpellier
15 González Amorosino
14 Nagusa
13 Doumayrou
12 Fernández
11 Bustos Moyano
10 Trinh-Duc
9 Tomas
8 Tulou
7 Gorgodze
6 Ouedraogo
5 Privat
4 Hancke
3 Jgenti
2 Creevy
1 Figallo

Biarritz
15 Bosch
14 Ngwenya
13 Gimenez
12 Traille
11 Baby
10 Peyrelongue
9 Lesgourgues
8 Gray
7 Lakafia
6 Lauret
5 Taele
4 Thion
3 Goméz Kodela
2 August
1 Barcella

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