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European Champions Cup Round 6 Predictions

90% correct last week, how will we go this weekend?

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We’ve put together our predictions for scores and possible bonus points for the final pool games in Round 6 of the Champions Cup. We got 90% of results predicted correctly in both Round 4 & Round 5.  We’re aiming for 100% this weekend.

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Edinburgh v Montpellier

It’s winner takes top spot in the first fixture of the weekend at BT Murrayfield. If Edinburgh win, they will most likely grab themselves a Home Quarter Final which would be huge for the Scottish side. Montpellier have named a strong lineup that includes 9 South Africans and will be out themselves to try and take top spot. We’re backing Edinburgh to get the job done.

Prediction – Edinburgh to win (+4)

RESULT – Edinburgh 19 – Montpellier 10 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Newcastle v Toulon

This total dead rubber match is a hard one to call. Both teams are out of Europe and struggling domestically. Both teams have named strong line ups with Toulon boasting Savea and Tuisova in the centres but Newcastle have Sinoti and Goneva on the wings, so arguably the hardest pick of the round.

Prediction – Toulon to win (+15) Try Bonus Points for both teams

RESULT – Newcastle 24 – Toulon 27 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Cardiff v Lyon

Another dead rubber game with both teams having no hope of qualifying. Lyon are yet to register a point in Europe this season so we’re expecting a Cardiff victory.

Prediction – Cardiff to win (+18) Try Bonus Point

RESULT – Cardiff 33 – Lyon 14 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Saracens v Glasgow

Another pool deciding tie. Glasgow could top the pool by turning over Saracens in London but we don’t expect this to happen. Saracens to continue their unbeaten run in Europe.

Prediction – Saracens to win (+13)

RESULT – Saracens 38 – Glasgow 19 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Racing 92 v Scarlets

We’re expecting one way traffic here. Racing 92 are top of the group and will be wanting to bounce back from their defeat in Belfast last weekend. Expecting a comfortable win for Racing 92 this weekend in Paris.

Prediction – Racing 92 to win (+25) Try Bonus point

RESULT – Racing 46 – Scarlets 33 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Leicester Tigers v Ulster

Ulster need points. Sitting 2nd in the pool behind Racing 92 who we expect to comfortably see off the Scarlets it’s essential that the Irish Province get points, and they’ll want the win. Irish Internationals Iain Henderson & John Cooney return from injury which is a huge boost for the side. Leicester, on the other hand are playing for nothing other than pride in Europe but certainly won’t roll over at Welford Road.

Prediction – Ulster to win (+9)

RESULT – Leicester 13 – Ulster 14 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Munster v Exeter Chiefs

Tie of the round. Somehow, despite drawing one game and losing two others, Exeter can still qualify. Munster have their destiny in their own hands and a win will see them top the pool. We’re expecting a ding dong battle in Thomond Park but we’re backing Munster and their 16th man to get them across the line.

Prediction – Munster to win (+5)

RESULT – Munster 9 – Exeter 7 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Castres v Gloucester

Nothing to see here. Both teams out.

Prediction – Castres to win (+18)

RESULT – Castres 24 – Gloucester 22 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Toulouse v Bath

Toulouse can only top the group if Leinster slip up but are in prime spot for one of the best runner up spots. Bath will be hoping to spoil the party and cause an upset in France. Freddie Burns doesn’t make the trip to France to try and right his wrongs after his clanger in Round 1.

Prediction – Toulouse to win (+21) Try Bonus point

RESULT – Toulouse 20 – Bath 17 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Wasps v Leinster

Wasps have been in the headlines this week with a flurry of transfer activity. They announced that Nathan Hughes & Willie Le Roux would both be leaving the side but softened that blow announcing that 2 All Blacks would be joining their ranks next season. Wasps are still without a win in Europe and we don’t expect that to change. Leinster welcome back a host of Internationals and anything but a bonus point win would be a huge surprise.

Prediction – Leinster to win (+21) Try bonus point

RESULT – Wasps 19 – Leinster 37 – 

Prediction – Correct

This weeks results : 10/10 – 100%

Challenge Cup

Ulster name team for Northampton Quarter-Final trip

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The Ulster coaching team has named the match-day squad for the trip to face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday (kick-off 8pm).

Michael Lowry is named to start at full-back, and is joined in the back three by Jacob Stockdale and Robert Baloucoune. Stuart McCloskey and James Hume will form the midfield duo, and Billy Burns and John Cooney are the starting half-backs.

In the front row, Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring and Marty Moore retain their starting berths. Alan O’Connor will partner Kieran Treadwell in the second row. Last week’s Player of the Match, Sean Reidy, will start at blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy skippering the team at openside and Nick Timoney at Number Eight.

John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Matty Rea and Greg Jones will provide the forward reinforcements from the bench, with Alby Mathewson, Ian Madigan and Ethan McIlroy named as the back line options.

Ulster team to play Northampton Saints, Challenge Cup Quarter-Final, Saturday 10 April at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 8pm, live on BT Sport):

(15-9) Michael Lowry, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Treadwell, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy (Capt.), Nick Timoney.

Replacements: John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Matty Rea, Greg Jones, Alby Mathewson, Ian Madigan, Ethan McIlroy.

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Champions Cup

Big names miss out for Ulster

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The Ulster match-day squad to face Gloucester tomorrow afternoon in Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup has been named (Kingsholm Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm).  

The back line sees just one change from the side that played Toulouse last Friday. Michael Lowry, Jacob Stockdale and Matt Faddes all retain their positions in the back three. Stuart McCloskey and James Hume are the starting midfield duo. Billy Burns returns at fly-half and will captain the side; he will partner John Cooney at scrum-half.  

The front row remains unchanged for this game. Rob Herring is named at hooker, with Eric O’Sullivan and Marty Moore packing down at loosehead and tighthead prop. Alan O’Connor will partner with his brother David – who will make his first Heineken Champions Cup start with Sam Carter missing out through concussion. Sean Reidy has been selected at blindside, with Jordi Murphy returning at openside. Nick Timoney comes in to start at Number Eight to replace the injured Marcel Coetzee.

John Andrew, Kyle McCall, Tom O’Toole, Matty Rea, and Greg Jones are the forward bench options. Academy player, Ethan McIlroy could make his European debut if called upon from the bench, and is named alongside Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan in the back line replacements.    

Ulster team to play Gloucester, Heineken Champions Cup Round 2, Saturday 19 December 2020 at Kingsholm Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm, live on BT Sport / beIN Sport:  

(15-9) Michael Lowry, Matt Faddes, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns (Capt.), John Cooney; 

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, David O’Connor, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Nick Timoney. 

Replacements: John Andrew, Kyle McCall, Tom O’Toole, Matty Rea, Greg Jones, Alby Mathewson, Ian Madigan, Ethan McIlroy.  

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Ulster name strong side to face Toulouse

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The Ulster coaching team has named the match-day squad for the province’s opening Pool game of the 2020-21 Heineken Champions Cup against Toulouse on Friday (kick-off 8pm, Kingspan Stadium). 

In the back three, Jacob Stockdale returns from international duty to the left wing, joining Michael Lowry at full-back and Matt Faddes on the right wing. In midfield, Stuart McCloskey also returns from the Ireland squad to partner with James Hume. Ian Madigan has been named at fly-half alongside John Cooney at scrum-half. 

Having made his international debut against Scotland last week, Eric O’Sullivan, comes in to take the starting berth at loosehead prop. Rob Herring also returns from Ireland duties and is named at hooker, with Marty Moore retaining his position at tighthead. Alan O’Connor will partner with Sam Carter, who will lead the side from the second row. Sean Reidy and Jordi Murphy are named at blindside and openside, with Marcell Coetzee completing the pack at Number Eight. 

John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, David O’Connor, and Matty Rea provide the forward options, with Alby Mathewson, Stewart Moore and Craig Gilroy offering back line cover from the bench. 

Ulster team to play Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup Round 1, Friday 11 December 2020 at Kingspan Stadium, kick-off 8pm, live on BT Sport / beIN Sport:

(15-9) Michael Lowry, Matt Faddes, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Ian Madigan, John Cooney; 

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (Capt.), Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee. 

Replacements: John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, David O’Connor, Matty Rea, Alby Mathewson, Stewart Moore, Craig Gilroy.

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