Europe's best still need to work

2017-01-17 by Phantom


M1. Brive v Newport
This is a crucial tie in Pool 3 in the Challenge Cup. Brive had the advantage on the log with four points to spare. Newport's game plan will be easy to work out. They need to chase and play some pretty entertaining rugby to make the next round of the tournament. It's hard going to France and one would think that Brive hold the aces but it may not be so easy because Newport will be fired up.

M2. Cardiff v Bristol
Cardiff are quite confidently tipped to win. They are one point behind Bath in Pool 4 and a win keeps them alive, although Bath should win their tie. Bristol are out of the running to make the next stage.

M3. Saracens v Toulon
Two European giants face off in what should be a titanic struggle. Saracens have qualified for the next stage but Toulon are still alive to make the last eight. However, a win for them in paramount. A failure to make the last eight would be unforgivable. Saracens would love to knock out a huge contender for the title.  Play wide.

M4. Leicester v Glasgow
Glasgow have a small chance of making the last eight so a win over a disappointing Leicester outfit becomes vital. Glasgow have had a good season and they would deserve making the next round. Only because of the possibility of being in the last eight, Glasgow are tipped to win.

M5. Toulouse v Connacht
What a match in prospect. What are Connacht doing at the top five their pool? In such a strong group, they have won over plenty of support. Their final test of the group stages is here. Against a good Toulouse side. A win for Connacht puts them in the last 8. A win for Toulouse means they need to rely on the Wasps' result for a favour. There is no doubt who the better team on paper is. But Connacht have surprised everybody along the way. Head says Toulouse will be too strong. Heart says there will be a fairytale story.