Thursday, December 17, 2015

Leinster's desperation for a win could well see them home!

 Devin Toner (

It’s a weekend of back to back match ups in the Champions Cup this weekend – so if it all went wrong last weekend, it’s a chance to rectify that. Or suffer more… whatever the case may be!
Leinster are in action on Saturday, hoping to beat one of the biggest club sides in Europe, in the world. Cian Healy is in the do do after some ridiculous foul play – well he is a prop after all! I would look to shake things up a bit for this match – put Jonny on the bench, and give Mads his shot, and change our tactics at the breakdown. We are just going to have throw more people in their, violent people (within the law obviously) who are going to send player like Steffan Armitage packing in a hurry. I wouldn’t pick SOB yet, doubt if he’s fit. I heard with alarm Bernard Laporte praising Devin Toner – hands off! No Christmas shopping for him or anyone else while you’re here. I think we could actually win this, mainly due to the general French lack of away form, and our complete desperation for a win.

Munster tackle the Tigers at Welford road. I don’t know what else Munster can bring that could tip this in their favour – more intensity and more precision I guess. But the Tigers will be a fearsome prospect at home, so a win for the Munstermen will be a surprise. Cross fingers!

Ulster go to Toulouse on the back of an amazing win last weekend. Mental toughness is not the forte of French teams, so maybe Ulster have played with their heads enough to open the door for a win. If Ulster can take an early lead, the heads might drop, that’s their chance. But I’d expect a home win.

Finally, wouldn’t be surprised at all if Connacht get one over on the Falcons.

Friday, December 18   
Northampton Saints v    Racing 92     7:45 PM
Saturday, December 19
Saracens v    Oyonnax     1:00 PM
Bath Rugby v    Wasps     3:15 PM
Stade Français Paris v    Benetton Treviso     3:15 PM
Bordeaux Begles v    Ospreys     5:15 PM
Leinster v    Toulon     5:15 PM
Scarlets v    Glasgow Warriors     7:45 PM
Sunday, December 20
Stade Toulousain v    Ulster     1:00 PM
Clermont Auvergne v    Exeter Chiefs     3:15 PM
Leicester Tigers v    Munster     5:15 PM

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