Week 41 Pool Release: "Fierce rivalries"

We bid farewell to the Rugby Championship last weekend, congratulations to the All Blacks who claimed their sixth title with a game to spare. 

Australia produced a historic comeback to avoid the wooden spoon, while South Africa and Argentina have been revelations and have added to the drama of the intense tournament. 

But don’t despair.  

This weekend the European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup kicks off, which will provide us with some fierce European rivalries. Back in South Africa, the Currie Cup is back with a bang from a one-week break. 

Pool 1

Match 1 (M1) sees Premiership side Bath host Top 14 side Toulouse, while Match 2 (M2) we also have an English and French battle in the shape of Northampton Saints hosting the Top 14 defending champions, Clermont. 

Match 3 (M3) is Exeter Chiefs hosting Irish giants Munster at the Sandy Park. Munster, fresh from a PRO14 defeat to Leinster, will be out to start the Champions Cup campaign on a good note, however, the in-form Chiefs will be a handful at home. 

Racing 92 travels to Wales to take on Scarlets in Match 4 (M4). Scarlets have been in good PRO14 form, which means they will be a massive test for Racing 92. 

Match 5 (M5) sees Dave Rennie's Glasgow Warriors hosts the Premiership champions Saracens. The Premiership side have been in stellar form and have yet to suffer a defeat. 

Betting for Pool 1 opens on Monday, October 8 and closes on Saturday, October 13 at 14:00.

Pool 2

In Match 1 (M1) the unpredictable Griquas host the Sharks in Kimberley. The Sharks are currently second on the log, and will hope to end their last round-robin fixture with a win. 

Match 2 (M2) sees Premiership side Harlequins host French side Agen. The Top 14 team have been struggling and only managed to record two wins from their five Top 14 fixtures. This weekend will give them an opportunity to turn things around in the Challenge Cup. 

Match 3 (M3) is the big battle of the weekend. The table-toppers Western Province travel to Pretoria to take on old rivals the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld. The Blue Bulls are currently sitting pretty in third place, but a bonus-pint win could see them finish in second position, depending on the Sharks' result. 

Heyneke Meyer's Stade Français will host fellow South African Alan Solomons' Worcester Warriors in Match 4 (M4). Both sides have been in great form, which is good news for the fixture. 

While Match 5 (M5) sees struggling Toulon locking horns with Newcastle Falcons at the Stade Mayol in France. 

Betting for Pool 2 opens on Monday, October 8 and closes on October 13 at 15:00.