Friday, January 10, 2020

Challenge Cup Round 5 Preview: tick-tock

Challenge Cup - Round 5 - Preview

                Friday, 1.10.20

                                Stade Français (4) v (6) Zebre at Jean-Bouin: for pride and contract; home team will be attempting the double as they pipped this weekend’s guests by a point last month in Northern Italy; guests found substance previously lacking in hammering their opponents last outing in GPro14 action; this should be a free-flowing affair with a commensurate cumulative points total;

                                Agen (0) v (6) Wasps at Stade Armandie: for queen and country; Hornets will attempt the double today after looking competitive in their last pair of league fixtures, splitting near, won-lost results with playoffs-situated sides recently; homeboys haven’t had a happy ending since middle of October though this could be a turning point in their season;

                                Castres Olympique (13) v (15) Dragons at Pierre Fabre: this’ll go far in determining the pool winner; Olympique are rolling right now, not having lost since the middle of November in all matches; travelers can claim the group with victory here today;

                                Bayonne (2) v (7) London Irish at Jean-Dauger: visitors vagrant chances may disappear here; visitors haven’t won since November, while homeys got a win in December; as in the first two matches today, this outcome will not affect the playoffs frame, yet the competition will be fluid and wide-open; gonna be a goody!

                Saturday, 1.11.20:

                                Bordeaux-Bègles (17) v (16) Edinburgh at Chaban-Delmas: for the group; contest ‘twixt two of the top performers in their respective leagues; Home team haven’t experienced sadness since mid-October, while the Scots have lost only once in their recent seven games; rock ‘em-sock ‘em of the highest order;
                                Cammi Calvisano (1) v (10) Section Paloise at Pata Stadium: travelers must win to keep their extra time plans in play; expect Pau to go all out, while Cammi may surprise: pressure’s off individual players who may respond with significant efforts;

                                Worcester Warriors (11) v (0) Enisei STM at Sixways: this’ll be five for homeys; champions of the Russian home league having a rough go of it in Europe; home side is one of three in their group that could move on into the extra-time platform, but they’ll need maximum points here; any joy to be found by travelers must begin with better discipline;

                                Bristol Bears (19) v (9) Brive at Ashton Gate: home team could close the pool now and here; however, Bears have dropped their last three fixtures and appear to be having trouble keeping their opponents from the try zone, while Brive have yet to win on the trot this season in all competitions;

                                Scarlets (14) v (18) Toulon at Parc y Scarlets: gonna sort this group now-now, bang, rockin’ the Parc! travelers coming strong with no losses since mid-October, while hosts realize that this result may determine their post-tournament activity;

                Sunday, 1.12.20:
                                Leicester Tigers (18) v (13) Cardiff Blues at Welford Road: homeboys can win the group today, but should travelers triumph, the quartet is up for grabs; this outcome will affect the remainder of both clubs’ seasons


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