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Rugby 5 Preview WEEKEND 24-25-26 January 2020

2020-01-21 by Phantom

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Rugby 5 Preview Friday 24 January 2020

M1. Angouleme v Montauban

Neither side are particularly good and both lost their most recent fixtures. Angouleme have three more points on the log and they are at home.

M2. Colomiers v Vannes

Colomiers are third while Vanmes are sixth. Both teams are in very good form. Colomiers can get into the automatic promotion places so a win for them is paramount.

M3. Nevers v Provence

Nevers are the team to beat. They are just outside the playoff places and despite some inconsistencies, they should beat Provence who are not looking particularly classy at the moment.

M4. Beziers v Grenoble

Grenoble are strongly fancied here. They are second and in great form. Beziers are midtable and that looks like their chop on recent form and results this season.

M5. Northampton v London Irish

Northampton can do no wrong. It seems like only Exeter can best them in the Premiership. Irish are ok and they punch above their weight but that will not be enough here.

Rugby 5 Preview Saturday 25 January 2020

Pool 1

M1. Lyon v Toulon

This is a huge match. Lyon are second and Toulon are third. Lyon will need to be tested and this will determine if they can kick on domestically. Toulon are a top side. They will hate to see Lyon above them. Go wide. Recent form favours Lyon.

M2. Brive v Pau

There is absolutely nothing between these teams. Brive are ninth and Pau are tenth with two points between them. Both teams can be dangerous too. This will go to the side who makes least mistakes.

M3. Castres v Racing 92

Something is not right at Castres. They are far better than twelfth on the log shows. But they haven't hinted at getting out of trouble. Racing are a bad side to be playing. They are in top form. Racing should win.

M4. La Rochelle v Montpellier

Two teams who believe they should be higher on the log than they are. They're both having good seasons though but bad starts have hurt them. This should be a good match with both teams having some desire to be expansive. La Rochelle are just picked at home.

M5. Clermont v Stade Francais

Stade won last weekend to take them off the foot of the log. They come up against a seriously dangerous but out of form Clermont. Clermont hardly lose at home. Stade will arrive with some confidence. Clermont should win.

Rugby 5 Preview Saturday 25 January 2020

Pool 2

M1. Bath v Leicester

Leicester are having a shocker and there is a real danger they will lose again. Bath are a solid if unspectacular side but they win more matches at home than they lose.

M2. Bristol v Gloucester

Bristol have been brilliant to watch. They haven't lay down this season and despite a few losses on the bounce, they can never be ruled out. Gloucester are always value for money. They play entertaining rugby under Johann Ackermann. They're in top form. Expect Gloucester to win a good match.

M3. Exeter v Sale

Exeter should win and win well. They're brilliant and they've continued their march in Europe too. There is a real chance they win the double. Sale lost badly last weekend. Expect another long afternoon for them.

M4. Worcester v Wasps

Worcester are fancied for an otherwise unexpected win. This season it is expected because Wasps cant do much right. They're tenth on the Gallagher Premiership log and they show no signs of pulling out of trouble. Worcester are midtable and going along just fine.

M5. Kings v Cheetahs

The Kings have awful form but they'll be up for this. The Cheetahs need to win to stay in touch for the knockout round. There is no doubt the Cheetahs are the better side but derbies are a great leveller. 

Rugby 5 Preview Sunday 26 January 2020

M1. Bayonne v Agen

Agen have gone on a poor run of form losing five on the bounce and dropping to last. Bayonne aren't ripping up trees but have far more going for them.

M2. Mont-De-Marsan v Perpignan

Perpignan keep winning. They have won seven in a row. They're atop the D2 log. Marsan are eleventh. That shows exactly who should be winning.

M3. Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues have won two matches on the spin. Pirates have gone four matches unbeaten. That suggests that Pirates will be tough to beat. They're second on the RFU Championship log. Bedford are eleventh.

M4. Harlequins v Saracens

Saracens' relegation has been confirmed because of a points deduction. How would they go about the rest of this season? They should be able to beat Harlequins but team lineups must be checked first.

M5. Toulouse v Bordeaux

This is a huge match. Bordeaux are top of the Top 14 and they have a chance to drive a traditional leader and winner into a bad place. Toulouse will not give up their mantle too easily though. There will be some needle here. Bordeaux would be popular winners in their quest for French glory.