Thursday, January 10, 2013

300 blog posts up! And Leinster to hammer the Scarlets!

Welcome to the sharp end of the Heineken cup campaign! No more talking, analysis, results are what’s needed now. Leinster need a win, a bonus point win, with their pride more at stake than anything else. They’ve got the firepower back with O’Driscoll, Kearney and Fitzgerald – and then add in probably Nacewa and Strauss, and they are looking pretty potent.  It’ll be Interesting to see who gets to partner Cullen as it’s the remaining weak link in the team. I’m going to be there – Yeeehaaa! And see a good win from Leinster I think.

Ulster can get back on track and start hunting down a home semi against Glasgow. They still have a few big names missing, like Muller, Bowe and Ferris, but against Glasgow, at home it should be easy enough.
Connacht have the unenviable task of travelling to London to take on Quins. I don’t think Quins will have it all their own way, as Connacht’s defense is awesome, but hard to see anything else but a convincing Quins win.

Munster travel away to play Edinburgh. Can the real Munster team stand up please? The only notable absentee is now Paul O’connell. They have great forwards, they have great backs, but getting each to function as a unit, and then work together, seems elusive this season. If they get a good away win, they are still possibly looking at a HC spot – they have a better chance in theory than Leinster, as they could 21 points, and we can only get 20.. I think they can get the Bonus point this weekend, then let’s see after that.
Elsewhere, Exeter could do us a massive favour by beating Clermont – can’t see that happening – and Saracens Racing Metro, and Ospreys Leicester should be good dust ups. Oh, and the 300 is for 300 blog posts up, for my sins! And that’s my new Leinster shirt

Heineken Cup
Friday , January 11
Ulster vs Glasgow 20:00
Northampton vs Castres 
Sale vs Montpellier 
Saturday , January 12
Racing Metro 92 vs Saracens 15:40
Zebre vs Biarritz 13:35
Harlequins vs Connacht 13:35
Clermont Auvergne vs Exeter 18:00
Leinster vs Scarlets 18:00
Toulon vs Cardiff Blues 13:35
Sunday , January 13
Edinburgh vs Munster 12:45
Toulouse vs Benetton Treviso 15:00
Ospreys vs Leicester 15:00

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