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10-11-2019, 22:12   #1
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Champions Cup 2019/20 Round 1

FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Gloucester v Toulouse

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Leinster v Benetton
Glasgow v Sale
La Rochelle v Exeter
Bath v Ulster
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins
Ospreys v Munster


SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
Northampton v Lyon
Racing 92 v Saracens
Connacht v Montpellier



Some intriguing match ups. Bath v Ulster could be very tight.

R92 v Sarries probably the game of the week


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Toulouse
Leinster
Glasgow
LA Rochelle
Ulster
Clermont
Munster
Saints
Racing
Montpellier
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Munster could put 80 on the Ospreys.
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I think Leinster are using this as a ramp up game given the number of internationals who didn’t play this week
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Some interesting quotes from Mark McCall. It looks like Saracens won't be putting to much effort into Europe this season.
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“Despite the appeal, we have to plan for the worst-case scenario so to avoid relegation is now the priority ahead of European rugby,” he said.

“We are not planning on breaking up our squad and most of the England players were in on Tuesday as they love the club, but the conversations with them may be a bit different now as some of our younger players deserve a chance in Europe.
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I'll believe that when I see them out of the competition, not before.
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Some interesting quotes from Mark McCall. It looks like Saracens won't be putting to much effort into Europe this season.
They can rotate v Ospreys. The Sarries women would stick 50 on them.

Their squad is locked in for Europe anyway barring a few changes allowable by wednesday
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Munster could put 80 on the Ospreys.
Not if the execution is as poor as it was on Saturday.
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Benetton will fancy their chances in this group. Neither Lyon nor Northampton have recent pedigree in Europe and whilst both look to have improved this season there is a reasonable possibility that they won't turn their hand to Europe and focus on the domestic leagues.

I'd imagine Leinster will go full strength but guys coming back in may lose out on the marginals.
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Benetton are a growing force and will test anybody at home. Away though they'll struggle I reckon and there's no tougher opener than a game at the bear pit that is the RDS.
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Benetton will fancy their chances in this group. Neither Lyon nor Northampton have recent pedigree in Europe and whilst both look to have improved this season there is a reasonable possibility that they won't turn their hand to Europe and focus on the domestic leagues.

I'd imagine Leinster will go full strength but guys coming back in may lose out on the marginals.
Lyon absolutely strolling away with the top14 rn. Only conceded 7 tries.
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Lyon absolutely strolling away with the top14 rn. Only conceded 7 tries.
Yup and Northampton are joint top of the Prem.

It's a tougher group than initial appearances - but the point remains that domestic form is not always a good indicator of form going into Europe.

Benneton are struggling a bit in the pro so may not focus on Europe, but on last seasons form they wouldn't be far off the mix.

Leinster are looking very sharp - but to my mind this was always going to be a rebuilding year.
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Forgot that Keatley was with Benetton. We should win this one.
Munster will hammer Ospreys.
Ulster in a war with Bath!!
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FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Gloucester v Toulouse

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Leinster v Benetton
Glasgow v Sale
La Rochelle v Exeter
Bath v Ulster
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins
Ospreys v Munster

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
Northampton v Lyon
Racing 92 v Saracens
Connacht v Montpellier
- Saracens to make a statement and knock over a Racing team who've had a poor start to the season.
- Predict Connacht to turn it up for Europe against a mixed start Montpellier.
- Bath at home with a full strength squad likley to beat Ulster, but shoulds be very close.
- Gloucester were poor at home last weekend against a Sarries team minus a good few names.
- 5 pointers for Leinster/Munster/Clermont
- Outside of Irish interest, Glasgow v Sale should be a cracker.

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- Saracens to make a statement and knock over a Racing team who've had a poor start to the season.
- Predict Connacht to turn it up for Europe against a mixed start Montpellier.
- Bath at home with a full strength squad likley to beat Ulster, nearly beat Bristol away couple weeks back with a depleted team.
- Gloucester were poor at home last weekend against a Sarries team minus a good few names.
- 5 pointers for Leinster/Munster/Clermont
- Outside of Irish interest, Glasgow v Sale should be a cracker.
Good predictions but IIRC Bath did not nearly beat Bristol but were some way short.
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Good predictions but IIRC Bath did not nearly beat Bristol but were some way short.
You're right, had them mixed up with Sale
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