Rugby 5 Preview for WEEKEND 20 OCTOBER 2018

2018-10-15 by Phantom


Pool 1.
M1. Munster v Gloucester

Munster were off colour but still escaped with a 10-all draw at Exeter last weekebd. Gloucester overcame a strong Castres side at home. Munster have a top side and know how to win games in the Champions Cup. They may bounce back.

M2. Sharks v Lions
The Sharks have had a good season with the exception of their nightmare in Cape Town a few weeks back. The Lions looked solid with some Boks back when sweeping past the Pumas. Play wide in what could be a cracker.

M3. Worcester v Ospreys
Worcester have been better than expected so far this season. Ordinarily, Ospreys would be strong favourites here but the travel factor and good form with Worcester will make things a little tricky.

M4. Western Province v Bulls
Western Province went to Pretoria last weekend, played half a match because of thunderstorms and still put 34 points past the Bulls. At home, they could smash their rivals.

M5. Racing 92 v Ulster
This should be good. Racing 92 beat the Scarlets in Wales last weekend which is a huge win. Ulster easily beat Leicester in Ireland last weekend. Racing may have enough at home but it will be close.

Pool 2.
M1. Clermont v Saracens Timaspora
Keep in mind this is the Challenge Cup and this Saracens is from Romania. Clermont should win by many.

M2. Wasps v Bath
Bath went close but lost narrowly to Toulouse last weekend. That was a good sign. Wasps were beaten 52-3 by Leinster last weekend. They cannot be worse. Bath are better at home. This is hard to gauge.

M3. Bordeaux v Perpignan
Bordeaux are not flashy but effective. They should hold too many aces for Perpignan who have been very poor so far this year in their return to the big time.

M4. Grenoble v Harlequins
Harlequins look like an excellent side this campaign. It is not wise to pick a French side in the Challenge Cup. Even though Grenoble are no easy touch, they could be outgunned.

M5. Newcastle v Montpellier
Newcastle won a bizarre match over Toulon in France last weekend. Toulon had a chance to win with a penalty with the last kick of the match, they went for touch and the lineout went awry. Newcastle are home to face Montpellier who beat Edinburgh pretty well last weekend. Newcastle would narrowly be fancied, especially if it rains.