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Make or break in Champions Cup

2017-01-10 by Phantom

Preview

2016 was a year of shocks and surprises and the rugby world was not any different. Ireland managed to beat New Zealand. The perennial underachievers the Lions made the final of Super Rugby. But European club rugby has been very topsy-turvy too. This weekend's Rugby 5 looks interesting. So let's have a look at what's on offer.

M1. Harlequin’s v Edinburgh
This match is in the Challenge Cup and Harlequins have been in good form. Edinburgh have also had a good campaign thus far. Quins have built up a reputation of being hard to beat at home and that may give them the slight edge.

M2. Wasp’s v Toulouse
Wasps continue to impress everybody with their expressive style and winning ways. They face Toulouse who upset everybody last weekend by beating Clermont. They may have turned the corner. These two teams met in October and the score was 20-20. One has to feel the reversal of venue will stand an in form Wasps in good stead to win.

M3. Glasgow v Munster
Munster won 38-17 in the reverse match in Ireland in October. They have been galvanized this season after the untimely death of Coach Anthony Foley. Last weekend they made light work of Racing Metro in France. This could be a banker for the away team.

M4. Bordeaux v Clermont
Bordeaux are hard to beat at home but Clermont have been hard to beat this season. They suffered defeat for the second time this season last weekend so their character will be tested. October's fixture was high scoring with Clermont winning 49-33. One can't be sure the same will happen here but Clermont are fancied to bounce back.

M5. Exeter v Ulster
Exeter went to Saracens last weekend and held them to a 13-13 draw. They have become a dangerous side who are hard to score against. Ulster won 19-18 in Belfast in October but they are are much better side in Ireland. Exeter should win this but it could be rather scrappy.