Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bluffers guide to the Champions Cup!

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Right. Tadah! The Bluffers guide to the Champions Cup! Below are all the pools, and this is how I think it’ll pan out.

Pool one has Oyannax along for the ride,  and a huge battle for Ulster to get out of this group. Saracens and Toulouse are the big spending heavy weights, who will most likely be slugging it out for the top spot, and the Ulstermen are going to have dig deep to do this.

Pool 2 has Bordeaux Begles who I KNOW have no serious intentions in this competition. Clermont should top the group, Ospreys will be competitive, and Exeter are the dark horses, a team on the rise.

Pool 3 is probably the most open, any of the teams could top it, in theory Racing Metro should take it, but none of these teams has ever really delivered is this cup formerly known as Heineken.

Pool 4 Benneton do not belong here, so it’s going to be between Munster, Stade Francais and the Tigers. Munster have the potential to do well here, they are going to have to fight, but they’re good at that!

Pool 5 is pretty robust, Toulon are the strongest, Wasps the weakest, and Leinster and Bath are in between. On the overall performance of last season,  Leinster are going to struggle o get out of this group. But we have a new coach, Jonny Sexton and Isa Nacewa back, so let’s see…

Ulster and Munster should have nice gentle warm ups to get them going.

Leinster will have their hands full against Wasps, and I’ll be there to see how they do! I think we should win, it’s really Ireland v Wasps

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1   
Pos    Team
1    Oyonnax
2    Saracens
3    Toulouse
4    Ulster
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2   
Pos    Team
1    Bordeaux Begles
2    Clermont Auvergne
3    Exeter Chiefs
4    Ospreys
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3   
Pos    Team
1    Glasgow Warriors
2    Northampton Saints
3    Racing Metro
4    Scarlets
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4   
Pos    Team
1    Benetton Treviso
2    Leicester Tigers
3    Munster
4    Stade Francais
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5   
Pos    Team
1    Bath Rugby
2    Leinster
3    Toulon
4    London Wasps

19:45 (GMT)    Leicester Tigers    Stade Francais
13:00 (GMT)    Oyonnax    Ulster
15:15 (GMT)    Racing 92    Glasgow Warriors
17:15 (GMT)    Munster    Benetton Treviso
17:30 (GMT)    Saracens    Toulouse
19:45 (GMT)    Northampton Saints    Scarlets
13:00 (GMT)    Bordeaux Begles    Clermont Auvergne
13:00 (GMT)    Leinster        London Wasps
15:15 (GMT)    Toulon    Bath Rugby
17:30 (GMT)    Ospreys        Exeter Chiefs

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