Friday, January 10, 2020

EPCR Champions Cup Round 5: tock-tick

European Professional Club Rugby - Champions Cup
Round 5 - Preview

All pools have the potential to become shuttered after this weekend’s contests, some more likely than others.

Upcomes Round 5

                Friday, 1.10.20:

                                La Rochelle (5) v (6) Sale Sharks at Marcel Deflandre: should be good competition; both are competitive in their leagues just now, though this match will be played for Queen, country and contract and it should be a dilly!

                                Bath (3) v (5) Harlequins at the Rec:  Queen and Country... and contract! travelers won their home half and would like to do the double, while their hosts would not like that; these boys are even on table points in the English League and this result may affect the remainder of each club’s campaigns;

                Saturday, 1.11:

                                Ospreys (1) v (10) Saracens at Liberty Stadium: travelers need five here; homeys may not comply; Corsairs on the big roll now, while their hosts continue to founder like a flounder... more flop than flip... homeys searching for the plot just now...

                                Clermont Auvergne (16) v (17) Ulster at the Michelin: Match of Round 5; visitors only-just topped their adversaries in the second round; a win by the home XV may secure extra-time;

                                Glasgow Warriors (9) v (19) Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun: homeboys campaign lost a wheel last time out in tournament play and will need a big fix to regain traction; visitors can close pool today; a loss by Glasgow exits them from playoffs frame;
                                Connacht (8) v (18) Toulouse at the Sportsground: travelers close pool or home team keeps innit? Sleeper of the Weekend; visitors shocked last outing and will like to prove that an anomalous instant; hosts are rolling the coaster recently, so could be which side shows up will be the factor of decision;
                                Gloucester (9) v (5) Montpellier at Kingsholm: Cherry-and-Whites on the cusp and need a b-p win here; their guests are experiencing an uncommonly rocky road in their season campaign and a road win would go far in a redemptory way;

                Sunday, 1.12:    
                                Leinster (19) v (7) Lyon at the RDS: pool closing time; the Irish province are best in show in any league at the present time; their guests may be resting some slightly-wounded warriors to better serve their T14 run; this outcome may be a foregone conclusion already;

                                Racing 92 (17) v (11) Munster at La Defense: visitors winnit, they're yet innit; a loss puts travelers unhappily in Parisian streets of a Sunday evening and homeward bound out of the tournament playoffs frame;

                                Northampton Saints (9) v (6) Benetton Treviso at Franklin’s Gardens: home side needs a b-p here and now; Saints gotta win and they gotta win large, while their opponents on this day have nothing to lose but the match and their positions in the first XV; could be better competition than one might expect;

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