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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%

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Exeter Ace Signs Contract Extension

Following the news that England star Harry Williams has agreed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs another star player has committed his future to the Premiership giants

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England prop Ben Moon has put pen to paper on a new deal with Premiership side the Exeter Chiefs.

The eight-cap England international has agreed a new “long-term” deal that will see him remain at Sandy Park for the foreseeable future and he is delighted to be staying at his hometown club. 

“Obviously, I’m delighted. To be at one club your whole career is pretty rare these days. The fact it’s my hometown club as well, it’s brilliant, and I feel very privileged to be part of the Chiefs. Luckily for me, I’ve been part of a brilliant journey – one which I know has plenty of miles still to go. What we have achieved as a club, as a team, and as individuals, it’s taken a huge amount of work and effort, but everyone has seen the result,” he said to the club’s website. 

Moon has been with the Chiefs since his time in the academy and has managed to pick up an incredible 259 appearances for the club, notching 11 tries in that time. 

He has been part of the team since their time in the English second-tier and has helped them rise up the ranks, culminating in a Premiership crown in 2017. 

It is further good news for the current Premiership league leaders after fellow England international Harry Williams signed a contract extension with the club over the weekend as the Chiefs build toward the future.

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EPCR Confirm European Competition Postponements

European Rugby have announced that the latter stages of the Champions and Challenge Cups will be pushed back due to coronavirus

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EPCR have released a statement to confirm that the semi-final and final stages of this year’s Champions and Challenge Cup will be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week it was announced that the quarter-final stage set to take place across the first weekend of April would be suspended and now the final stages have followed suit as expected the ECPR have confirmed. 

“Following a conference call on Monday, the EPCR board can reconfirm the suspension of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments and has furthermore decided to postpone the semi-final matches, as well as the 2020 Marseille finals, which were due to be played on the weekends of 1/2/3 May and 22/23 May respectively. In making the decision, the board is abiding by the official directives and recommendations of the relevant authorities in its territories to restrict the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the earlier postponement of its quarter-final matches and with fixtures in Europe’s professional league competitions currently suspended due to the public health crisis, EPCR believes it necessary to provide as much clarity as possible to all stakeholders regarding the knockout stages of its tournaments. To that end, EPCR is working with the leagues and unions to restructure a conclusion to its season as part of a wider rescheduling of the remainder of the season in Europe, with all contingencies underpinned by the requirement to protect the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community.  EPCR remains committed to completing the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season, and it is planned to reschedule the quarter-final and semi-final matches, as well as the Marseille finals, in line with fixtures in the professional league competitions, subject to advice from government and local authorities,” the statement read. 

The final weekend was set to take place in Marseille and reports last weekend had claimed that officials were still hopeful of finishing there on the chosen date. 

However, even with this announcement it is hard to see when they will conclude the European season as all domestic leagues have been suspended until further notice and the clock is ticking toward the start of next season as it appears unlikely that any rugby will be played in the foreseeable future.

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Saracens Face EPCR Misconduct Hearing

Saracens are set to face yet another hearing but this time it’s on the European front

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Saracens are set to face a misconduct hearing with the EPCR today at 18 00 the European Rugby body have confirmed.

The reigning Champions Cup holders are in trouble after they informed officials earlier in the week that they may have fielded an ineligible player during their Champions Cup win over Racing 92 last month which sealed them a quarter-final place. 

The player in question is Titi Lamositele, who came off the bench in the 60th minute of the clash against the Top 14 side. It is understood that when the squad was announced for the game that the player was eligible. 

However, his work permit did in fact expire on January 18th, with the game taking place on the 19th, which could have caused a breach in the disciplinary rules.

An independent Disciplinary Committee will hear the complaint later today, with it being chaired by Roger Morris (Wales), Pamela Woodman (Scotland) and Jean-Noel Couraud (France). 

It is the latest blow in what has been a dramatic season to date for the Premiership outfit, who were found to have breached salary cap regulations in the competition and being fined and docked points before being relegated outright last month. 

They were docked further points recently to ensure that they will finish the season in last place in the Premiership. 

While on the European front they have already caused problems for the EPCR by failing to show up to the competition’s opening event. 

Despite all the drama they have managed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup and will face last season’s beaten finalists Leinster away from home, but it remains to be seen what their latest punishment could be if found guilty.

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