CHAMPIONS CUP – For this 4th day of the Champions Cup, discover the forecasts of the editorial staff. Lyon defeated by the South African Bulls, Leinster crushes racing 92, Toulouse by a short header against Munster.
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The Lyonnais were not unworthy during this edition of the Champions Cup. But with three defeats on the clock, their qualification is compromised. Above all, despite their encouraging performances, Xavier Garbajosa’s men never managed to achieve eighty full minutes. Faced with the power of the Blue Bulls, which had hurt them in the first leg in Pretoria, they could find it difficult to raise the bar.
Our prediction: victory for the Bulls
The Rochelais have proven it: they are all-terrain. Facing Ulster last week, the wind and the freezing rain had not prevented them from emerging victorious from the showdown. The week before, they made a copy close to 20/20 against the Toulouse leader. So in Northampton, the defending champions are ultra favourites. Especially since they will have to win to hope to receive during the final phase.
Our prediction: victory for La Rochelle
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In pool A, the two clubs are poorly ranked. Gloucester, ninth with 5 points, did not show themselves among the best teams in the competition. And Bordeaux-Bègles, eleventh with 2 points, has little chance of qualifying now. But at home, the Girondins will want to lay the foundations for their end of the season, as they have been doing in the league since the beginning of December (4 wins in a row).
Our prediction: victory for Bordeaux-Bègles
How could the Racingmen hope for victory from this trip? Not that this Racing has the means and the ambitions to make a run in the Champions Cup. But the Leinstermen are untouchable: nearly 50 points scored per game, 15 wins in a row in all competitions…
Our prediction: victory for Leinster
The ASM Clermont week is not exactly likely to prepare for this particular match… We must not forget that this is the first match in South Africa for the Auvergne club, which flew on Monday. That same day, Jono Gibbes was ousted and on Wednesday, Christophe Urios was made official as manager with immediate effect. Reinforced by their many Springboks, the Stormers have something to get by.
Our prediction: victory for the Stormers
Four years without a victory in the Champions Cup is a long time for Castres Olympique. And everything suggests that this nasty series is not going to stop right away. The Tarnais have no points, are red lantern of Pool A and no longer have a chance of qualifying. Conversely, the Exeter Chiefs keep all their chances. And at home, they will be difficult to worry about.
Our prediction: Exeter win
The London Irish know how to move the game but will they have the resources to dominate the MHR at home? Like the CO, the English are already eliminated. Montpellier can therefore take advantage of this to secure a good place at the top of the table.
Our prediction: victory for Montpellier
No need for a big gap, but Toulouse will need a victory to be sure to receive in the eighth and quarter. The many returns enjoyed by the Toulouse group are an asset to beat the Irish from Munster.
Our prediction: victory for Toulouse