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European competitions

Post by Robespierre » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:44 am

It's Quarter final time this weekend in both the Champions' Cup and the Challenge Cup.

Here are the fixtures, and I reckon that we'll see home wins all round (particulartly at Welford Rd!)

Champions's Cup

Saturday Leinster v Saracens
Clermont v Racing

Sunday Toulouse v Ulster
Exeter v Northampton

Challenge Cup

Friday Bristol v Dragons

Saturday Bordeaux v Edinburgh
Toulon v Scarlets

Sunday Tigers v Castres
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Re: European competitions

Post by ads » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:54 am

sounds about right, only one I could see maybe going the other way could be Bordeaux v Edinburgh.

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Re: European competitions

Post by ourla » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:05 pm

I think one of Sarries or Racing will win away.

Saints are going to get minced.

Challenge Cup much more difficult to call though I still think one away team will prevail. Perhaps Edinburgh or Castres.
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Re: European competitions

Post by trendylfj » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:00 pm

Trip to Toulon again looks likely,

Saturday 26 September
SF 1: Winner RC Toulon/Scarlets v winner Leicester Tigers/Castres Olympique
Kick-off: 20.00 UK time or 21.00 French time
TV: BT Sport/S4C/FR 4/beIN SPORTS

Semi-final 1
If RC Toulon (ranked No 1) and Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage

If RC Toulon (ranked No 1) and Castres Olympique (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage

If Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Leicester will have home venue advantage

If Castres Olympique (ranked No 5) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Castres will have home venue advantage
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Re: European competitions

Post by OakhamTiger32 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:53 pm

trendylfj wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:00 pm

If Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Leicester will have home venue advantage
You mean WHEN Leicester Tigers win their quarter-final :smt041
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Re: European competitions

Post by Robespierre » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:58 pm

OakhamTiger32 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:53 pm
trendylfj wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:00 pm

If Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Leicester will have home venue advantage
You mean WHEN Leicester Tigers win their quarter-final :smt041
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Re: European competitions

Post by JP14 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:28 pm

I really doubt Saracens can pull one off against Leinster, they will probably field a team something like this:

1. Barrington
2. George
3. Koch
4. Itoje
5. Kpoku
6. Rhodes
7. Clark
8. Vunipola
9. Davies
10. Vunipola
11. Maitland
12. Socino
13. Taylor
14. Segun
15. Daly

They'll be very competitive but Leinster should be able to win it in my opinion.
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Re: European competitions

Post by Robespierre » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:57 pm

JP14 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:28 pm
I really doubt Saracens can pull one off against Leinster, they will probably field a team something like this:

1. Barrington
2. George
3. Koch
4. Itoje
5. Kpoku
6. Rhodes
7. Clark
8. Vunipola
9. Davies
10. Vunipola
11. Maitland
12. Socino
13. Taylor
14. Segun
15. Daly

They'll be very competitive but Leinster should be able to win it in my opinion.
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Re: European competitions

Post by Cardiff Tig » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:44 pm

I'm not sure, my moneys on Sarries. For all their faults, they're one hell of a team when they hit form.

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Re: European competitions

Post by Dokie » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:37 pm

Cardiff Tig wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:44 pm
I'm not sure, my moneys on Sarries. For all their faults, they're one hell of a team when they hit form.
TBH Cardiff Tig, I think there’s more chance of Newport Dragons winning the Challenge Cup than Sarries winning at Leinster!

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Re: European competitions

Post by TigerFeetSteve » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:45 am

I've got a feeling that the French clubs may struggle a bit this weekend, they're a lot fewer matches into their restart, I'm certainly hopeful that Castre will struggle, but I expect a couple of surprises in French clubs losing...
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Re: European competitions

Post by kk20gb30 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:48 am

Believe this one is a bridge too far for Sarries. Part of me would like to see them get through , but just can't see it.
Leinster will be a tough nut to crack for anyone in this competition .

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Re: European competitions

Post by BengalTiger » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:44 am

kk20gb30 wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:48 am
Believe this one is a bridge too far for Sarries. Part of me would like to see them get through , but just can't see it.
Leinster will be a tough nut to crack for anyone in this competition .
Part of me wants to see them to lose by 50 and to never be seen in any rugby competition again, the other part of me wants them all banned for life!

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Re: European competitions

Post by Robespierre » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:33 pm

trendylfj wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:00 pm
Trip to Toulon again looks likely,

Saturday 26 September
SF 1: Winner RC Toulon/Scarlets v winner Leicester Tigers/Castres Olympique
Kick-off: 20.00 UK time or 21.00 French time
TV: BT Sport/S4C/FR 4/beIN SPORTS

Semi-final 1
If RC Toulon (ranked No 1) and Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage

If RC Toulon (ranked No 1) and Castres Olympique (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage

If Leicester Tigers (ranked No 4) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Leicester will have home venue advantage

If Castres Olympique (ranked No 5) and Scarlets (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Castres will have home venue advantage
Allez les Scarlets! One would expect Toulon to win at home but Scarlets are in with a chance.
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Re: European competitions

Post by Robespierre » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:16 pm

The Toulouse squad v Ulster:

15. Ramos ; 14. Huget, 13. Guitoune, 12. Ahki , 11. Kolbe; 10. Ntamack, 9. Dupont ; 7. Cros, 8. Tolofua (cap), 6. Kaino; 5. Tekori, 4. Ro. Arnold ; 3. Faumuina, 2. Mauvaka, 1. Baille.

Banc : 16. J.Marchand, 17. Neti , 18. Aldegheri, 19. Meafou, 20. Placines, 21. Holmes, 22. Bales, 23. Lebel

Ulster: Lowry; Lyttle, Hume, McCloskey, Stockdale, Burns, Cooney; McGrath, Herring, O'Toole; O'Connor, Henderson; Reidy, Murphy, Timoney.

Replacements: Andrew, O'Sullivan, Moore, Carter, Treadwell, Mathewson, Faddes, Matthew Rea.

Toulouse will start favourites but this match could be close.


Clermont v Racing.

Clermont's team has yet to be announced.

The Racing squad:
15. Zebo; 14. Dupichot, 13. Vakatawa, 12. Klemenszac ; 11. Imhoff; 10. Russell, 9. Iribaren (cap); 7. Sanconnie, 8. Claassen, 6. Lauret; 5. Leroux, 4. Bird, 3. Colombe Reazel, 2. Chat, 1. Ben Arous.

Replacements : 16. Baubigny, 17. Kolingar, 18. Oz, 19. Ryan, 20. Chouzenoux, 21. Machenaud, 22. Gibert, 23. Trinh-Duc.

I mentioned earlier that I thought this would be a home win for Clermont, but Racing's recent record against Clermont is good and their side may be too strong.
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