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Rugby 5 Preview for Saturday 14 JANUARY 2017

2017-01-12 by Liam Del Carme

Preview

Harlequin v Edinburgh
The result of this match will help shape the quarter-final line-up of the Challenge Cup. Harlequins and Edinburgh occupy first and second place respectively in pool 5.
Harlequins will continue without injured prop Joe Marler who has a leg fracture. They boast four wins from their last five matches but almost all came against easy beats.
Edinburgh haven't been convincing either and they have just two wins from their last five matches. Edinburgh came unstuck against Stade Francais and could yet surrender second place to the French team.

Wasp v Toulouse
Wasps will again have to soldier on without flank James Haskell. The England flank returned from long term injury last week only to be concussed after 35 seconds. Wasps have to win to keep their Champions Cup hopes alive. Their shock away defeat to Connacht has now left them exposed.
Wasps top the Premiership and are three points clear of Saracens following their victory over Leicester Tigers last weekend. They boast four wins from their last five matches and seven from their last 10.
Toulouse are in decent form with four wins from their last five matches and also have seven wins from their last 10 clashes. In that period they've won three and lost three away from home. That is not a bad return but Wasps at home should have their measure.

Glasgow Warriors v Munster
Glasgow have five straight wins coming into this game. That includes two wins over European Champions Racing 92. Their previous five matches yielded just one win.
Their current form however is encouraging and it needs to be against a Munster side that has restored their mojo. The Irish outfit has won four out of their last five games and have looked particularly menacing in recent weeks with away wins at Connacht and a thumping of Racing 92. Should Munster win and deny the Warriors a bonus point they would have won their pool with a round to spare. Munster should have the edge.


Bordeaux Begles v Clermont
Bordeaux have lost their way with four successive defeats. They did however put up spirited fights against Lyon and Montpellier over the last fortnight but they face the league's most formidable side this weekend.
Clermont however aren't invincible. They were beaten by Toulouse on New Year's Eve but bounced back last week by thumping Toulon 30-6. Clermont start clear favourites.

Exeter Chiefs v Ulster
Exeter drew against a 13-man Saracens last week. They see it as an opportunity missed and will want to atone against Ulster. That result means they have three wins from their last five clashes and eight from their last 10.
Ulster travel south less assured of themselves. They have two wins from their last five matches and four from their last 10.
Exeter may not be at the peak of their powers but they are not far off. When the teams last met Ulster won at home by a point but this time the Chiefs should have their number.