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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Grubber » January 20th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Its all sorted now, Here is the QF match ups:

March 29th,30th or 31st:

Club 1 v Club 8 (QF1) = Saracens v Glasgow
Club 4 v Club 5 (QF2) = Edinburgh v Munster
Club 3 v Club 6 (QF3) = Leinster v Ulster
Club 2 v Club 7 (QF4) = Racing v Toulouse


April 19th,20th or 21st:
Semi:
QF1 v QF2
QF3 v QF4
(Highest seed from pool stages has home country advantage)

Point of note: Racing v Toulouse is a fixture in the Top 14 on Feb 16th, will be worth a watch.
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby wixfjord » January 20th, 2019, 6:07 pm

Ulster in the Aviva it is!
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Theleinsterlad » January 20th, 2019, 6:17 pm

Sorry missed rest of text so semi no matter what will be in france
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Made Of Ale » January 20th, 2019, 6:26 pm

Theleinsterlad wrote:Sorry missed rest of text so semi no matter what will be in france


Nope. If it's Leinster v Toulouse it will be in Dublin.

The rules have changed this year. Higher ranked team is at home in semi-final.

https://www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/format/rules/
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Fireworks » January 20th, 2019, 6:34 pm

wixfjord wrote:Ulster in the Aviva it is!


At full strength, we would be a strong favorite. Next step is to pick up as few injuries as possible over the 6N.
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby wixfjord » January 20th, 2019, 6:39 pm

Fireworks wrote:
wixfjord wrote:Ulster in the Aviva it is!


At full strength, we would be a strong favorite. Next step is to pick up as few injuries as possible over the 6N.


Yeah it's a long, long time away with a lot of games to be played before then.

I'd say even with a few injuries we'd be favourites though.

And of course they'll have Best, Hendo, Stockdale all playing a big part too.

Will be strange for the likes of Jordi, Cooney, Moore, O'Sullivan etc I'd say!
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Mountjoy » January 20th, 2019, 6:56 pm

Maybe Croke Park!
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Theleinsterlad » January 20th, 2019, 7:02 pm

If Munster get through and face Sarries I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn sarries over, old wounds there
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Theleinsterlad » January 20th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Mountjoy wrote:Maybe Croke Park!


IRFU wouldn’t allow it they’d lose the rental on aviva
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby wixfjord » January 20th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Theleinsterlad wrote:If Munster get through and face Sarries I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn sarries over, old wounds there


I'd be hugely surprised tbh.

Sarries showed two years ago that they have too much in attack for Munster and can match their forward power.

I can't see how Munster have moved on too much since then going on last night, despite their additions in backline?
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Grubber » January 20th, 2019, 7:14 pm

https://www.epcrugby.com/2019/01/20/hei ... er-finals/
Dates will be announced by the end of the week, but looks like they have the stadia sorted already
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Theleinsterlad » January 20th, 2019, 7:21 pm

wixfjord wrote:
Theleinsterlad wrote:If Munster get through and face Sarries I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn sarries over, old wounds there


I'd be hugely surprised tbh.

Sarries showed two years ago that they have too much in attack for Munster and can match their forward power.

I can't see how Munster have moved on too much since then going on last night, despite their additions in backline?


Unless Munster lose players in the pack they now have a very strong front row and backup, second row is stronger with Beirne. Botha in backrow makes there stronger and then their back line is much better than that game. By comparison I would suggest sarries are no better or worse. I think that will make it tight
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby blockhead » January 20th, 2019, 7:26 pm

Theleinsterlad wrote:
wixfjord wrote:
Theleinsterlad wrote:If Munster get through and face Sarries I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn sarries over, old wounds there


I'd be hugely surprised tbh.

Sarries showed two years ago that they have too much in attack for Munster and can match their forward power.

I can't see how Munster have moved on too much since then going on last night, despite their additions in backline?


Unless Munster lose players in the pack they now have a very strong front row and backup, second row is stronger with Beirne. Botha in backrow makes there stronger and then their back line is much better than that game. By comparison I would suggest sarries are no better or worse. I think that will make it tight


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As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Serb » January 20th, 2019, 7:26 pm

Theleinsterlad wrote:Unless Munster lose players in the pack they now have a very strong front row and backup, second row is stronger with Beirne. Botha in backrow makes there stronger and then their back line is much better than that game. By comparison I would suggest sarries are no better or worse. I think that will make it tight


No chance Munster would beat Sarries away. They’ve been awful away from home all season and have no attack at all. Only 4 teams in the entire competition have scored less tries than them, Sarries have comfortably beaten everyone home and away.

I actually fancy Edinburgh in the quarters for similar reasons.
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby paddyor » January 20th, 2019, 10:06 pm

wixfjord wrote:
Theleinsterlad wrote:If Munster get through and face Sarries I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn sarries over, old wounds there


I'd be hugely surprised tbh.

Sarries showed two years ago that they have too much in attack for Munster and can match their forward power.

I can't see how Munster have moved on too much since then going on last night, despite their additions in backline?

I think this Munster squad is much stronger than that one. Aside from the forward additions some of their players like Archer just look more better. That said I’m not sure the backs coach adds a lot of value.
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby footrush » January 20th, 2019, 11:08 pm

Cockers will loving this, comes on here regularly or so I'm told.[/quote]
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby artaneboy » January 20th, 2019, 11:16 pm

footrush wrote:Cockers will loving this, comes on here regularly or so I'm told.

:oops:[/quote]

The QF round will be played on "Brexit Weekend": when our UK neighbours are supposed to leave the EU.

Could be an interesting one for the likes of Munster fans travelling to Edinburgh...
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby Dave Cahill » January 20th, 2019, 11:37 pm

Or Ulster fans...
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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby artaneboy » January 21st, 2019, 12:51 am

Dave Cahill wrote:Or Ulster fans...


True. But, if there’s “No Deal”, I suspect airports will be an inner circle of hell that weekend. God knows they can be miserable enough at the best of times.


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Re: As it stands - Heineken cup 2019

Postby riocard911 » January 21st, 2019, 11:57 am

Dave Cahill wrote:Or Ulster fans...


Sure as long as they have their Irish passports on them, they'll be grand!!!!
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