Kane Douglas (picture http://bit.ly/1zmyoJC)
Another mammoth rugby weekend kicks off, put alerts on your phone so you can check in on your loved ones, oh, every 12 hours or so…
It couldn’t start bigger than Munster v Saracens on Friday night at Thomond, two bruising sides, it’s going to be all out war! The old Munster way was total forward domination, and though that may have been modified slightly, Munster are going back to their roots. Saracens have exactly the same policy, and wings that score lots of tries, so it’s going to be last man standing. I think Strettle and Ashton will also want to prove they shouldn’t have been left out of the England squad. Home advantage is massive, on the season form, Saracens are slightly ahead, so I’m going for a draw!
The big hitters keep coming on Saturday, starting off with Ulster v Toulon. I’m really hoping Ulster have fixed their lineout this week, because they won’t be able to waste any opportunities against these heavyweights. But you can beat Toulon, Ulster’s forwards will need to absolutely ferocious, and they certainly have the talent in the backline, they don’t know who to leave out, which is a perfect position to be in, whoever they pick delivers. And they have brilliant players like Wilson in the forwards to bring on too. I’m going with the Ulstermen!
On Sunday, Leinster travel to Castre, looking for an important away win. Castre were not impressive against Quins, they were pretty awful really, and you suspect they may have decided to write off the cup formerly known as Heineken, and concentrate on the Top 14. I fervently hope so. I think Leinster picked up a bit of momentum in the second half last week, let’s see them take that though now away from home. I’d love it if Kearney is fit, he adds the balance we need at the back. I also hope Douglas starts, he’s a big abrasive workhorse, that’ll keep the Castre scrum honest. I’m going for a win! Also it would help a lot of Wasps won, common lads!
Connacht have a hariy looking challenge of Exeter away, don’t think they’ll win, but the Chiefs will remember their name!
And I don’t want to miss Bath vs Toulouse, Montpellier vs Glasgow and Northampton vs Ospreys!
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens 19.45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon 13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester 19:45
Bath vs Toulouse 15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow 17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys 17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks 15:15
Castres vs Leinster 13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins 17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 17:15