Thursday, January 19, 2012

Heineken Cup predictions - knowledge of biorhythmic algorithms not required

Steven Sykes - Seldom Seen Man (picture )

Likely to top the whole shebang are Leinster, and a win against Montpellier should do that for them, even without the bonus point. Leo Cullen is a worry, although not you could tell from the Leinster site, and Fitzgerald and Strauss are back in the frame, as apparently is the seldom seen Steven Sykes, who has not turned out to be a fantastic replacement for Nathan Hines, it has to said. Four points for Leinster.

Munster have to beat the Saints at home tall order in itself, plus they are rocked by injuries, and not in the finest vein of form. I’m not knocking them, they’re unbeaten, but just this moment it would take a minor miracle to come home with a win. The news that Ashton is getting flouncy at training at Franklin Gardens is a bit of comfort, as that is sure to disrupt the Saints.

Ulster have to beat Clermont away. Who knows what Clermont are going to bring to the party, but at home they are a mightily impressive side. Clermont have not lost at their fortress since November 2009. So even a bonus point for Ulster is going to be a major achievement, and could spell the end of the Ulstermen’s campaign. I'll bwe shouting for Ulster all the way though

Edinburgh and The Blues both look like they’ll make it as the Exiles and Racing are not in the best of nick these days.

And in Pool 6 you’d think that Toulouse and Quins should both get out.  Then Saracens should top group 5.
So this is my order:


Enjoy the weekend!

Heineken Cup
Friday , January 20
Gloucester vs Toulouse 20:00
Connacht vs Harlequins 20:00
Saturday , January 21
Northampton vs Munster 18:00
Castres vs Scarlets 18:00
Leinster vs Montpellier 13:30
Bath vs Glasgow 13:30
Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster 15:40
Leicester vs Aironi Rugby 15:40
Sunday , January 22
Edinburgh vs London Irish 15:15
Cardiff Blues vs Racing Metro 92 15:15
Benetton Treviso vs Saracens 13:00
Biarritz vs Ospreys 13:00

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