We return to the lotto league or the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Let’s be honest this competition is hard to pick at the best of times as we don’t know how series each team will be taking it. Clearly we aren’t in the best of times right so I’ll have a go but not with masses of confidence.
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Bristol v Dragons – Bristol by 10
Bristol have progressed this season but they still finished with just 5 wins from 15 games in the Pro 14. Bristol on the other had are at the top end of the Gallagher Premiership. Easy call right?
Maybe not as the Pro 14 is over and Dragons can fully focus on this tournament. Bristol on the other hand are still fighting in the Premiership. Can they compete on both fronts? This week I think so.
Bordeaux Begles v Edinburgh – Bordeaux Begles by 7
These sides have faced each other already in this competition fighting out a 16-16 draw in Scotland and Bordeaux won 32-17 at home. Sure Edinburgh can focus on this tournament where as Bordeaux have started the next season already. Still in France I expect Bordeaux to win this.
Toulon v Scarlets – Toulon by 3
Oh boy tough call. Toulon distracted by the Top 14 so do they care about this competition? Scarlets have been targeting this since the return of rugby.
Toulon won both the games in the group stage between these two first 17-16 at home and than 15-27 away. With that record you have to go with the home side but Scarlets are dangerous and have been targeting this game….
Leicester Tigers v Castres – Leicester Tigers by 3
Another tough call but more of a who’ll lose it the least rather than win it. Tigers have been poor this season but they might as well focus on this as there’s nothing left to play for in the Premiership.
For Castre is this a distraction from the real work of the Top 14? I thik Castre will send over a reserve team and that’s why I’m going with the home team but not with any confidence.
48 from 60 or 80% correct so far, I’m happy with that in this competition.