We are back with the big club competition and it’s knockout time! Teams have to turn-up or they go out and that’s a different kind of pressure for players to cope with. For Leinster and Saracens who are at the pointy end all the time that’s no issue. However how will a team like Edinburgh cope in this pressure cooker environment?
Here is my video with my European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final Predictions:
Edinburgh v Munster – Munster by 3
When these 2 sides met earlier in the Pro14 season it finished Munster 44-14 Edinburgh. However Edinburgh have been much better at home than on the road. Munster have had their issues on the road but that’s mainly been in the Pro14. We know how Munster and Leinster in particular rest key players in the Pro14 regular season games.
I’m torn on this one, I want to go with the home side due to their good home form. However I’m having to go with Munster as this isn’t the Pro14 and they have so much more experience of knockout rugby.
Saracens v Glasgow Warriors – Saracens by 10
Glasgow only lost 2 games in the group stages of this competition. The problem is that they were both to Saracens. They finished Glasgow Warriors 3-13 Saracens and Saracens 38-19 Glasgow Warriors. I just can’t see any reason why the result would be different this time.
Leinster v Ulster – Leinster by 20
I have talked above about how Leinster and Munster in particular rest players in the Pro14. That makes the result between the 2 of these sides easier this year in the Pro14 evermore remarkable. It finished Leinster 40-7 Ulster. With Leinster taking this game even more seriously, it’s only going to finish one way.
Racing 92 v Toulouse – Toulouse by 3
These 2 sides have met twice in the Top14 already this season with Toulouse getting the upper hand in both. They finished Toulouse 30-17 Racing and Racing 29-34 Toulouse. With Racing’s issues with injuries I can see that same happening again. Toulouse also with their big lead at the top of the Top14 don’t have to worry about their league position.
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