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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby cormac » January 16th, 2020, 2:05 pm

Think you'll find the Irish sides were contending in Europe before the "mid-2000's". Ulster won in 98-99, Munster were in the knock-out stages every season from 98-99 and Leinster were regulars at that stage from 01-02 onwards.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Laighin Break » January 16th, 2020, 5:20 pm

98-99 will always have an asterisk beside it.
Fair enough re Munster and Leinster, hadn't considered Munster's final losses or indeed Leinster's semi-final losses earlier in the 2000s.
So we'll say this century. And in that case:
2001: 19 English (+2), 6 Irish (+2), 8 Welsh (+1), 4 Scots (+2)

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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby ribs » January 17th, 2020, 12:02 am

Oldschool wrote:Ireland had 4 reps on the 1997 tour to SA. All four of them were capped - Anyone care to name them without looking it up.

Can I guess a prop, hooker, 2nd row and brilliant number 8?
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby deco » January 17th, 2020, 1:09 am

Laighin Break wrote:98-99 will always have an asterisk beside it.


Lunster alert: Knows how to spell asterisk but thinks that Munster were the first Irish team to win the Heino proper, like.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Oldschool » January 17th, 2020, 2:49 pm

ribs wrote:
Oldschool wrote:Ireland had 4 reps on the 1997 tour to SA. All four of them were capped - Anyone care to name them without looking it up.

Can I guess a prop, hooker, 2nd row and brilliant number 8?

That's some guess.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Laighin Break » January 17th, 2020, 7:28 pm

deco wrote:
Laighin Break wrote:98-99 will always have an asterisk beside it.


Lunster alert: Knows how to spell asterisk but thinks that Munster were the first Irish team to win the Heino proper, like.


No need for name-calling
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Peg Leg » January 18th, 2020, 1:40 am

Laighin Break wrote:
deco wrote:
Laighin Break wrote:98-99 will always have an asterisk beside it.


Lunster alert: Knows how to spell asterisk but thinks that Munster were the first Irish team to win the Heino proper, like.


No need for name-calling
Jaysus but there will be an asterisk beside Sarries wins. They should change the "stars" on their jerseys to asterisk's.
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Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby artaneboy » January 18th, 2020, 9:12 pm

Peg Leg wrote:
Laighin Break wrote:
deco wrote:[quote="Laighin Break"]98-99 will always have an asterisk beside it.


Lunster alert: Knows how to spell asterisk but thinks that Munster were the first Irish team to win the Heino proper, like.


No need for name-calling


Jaysus but there will be an asterisk beside Sarries wins. They should change the "stars" on their jerseys to asterisk's.[/quote]

Not for the HC titles. No salary caps there. They are not even particularly high, I’d guess given the enormous budgets of the likes of Toulon et al.


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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby ronk » January 18th, 2020, 9:13 pm

Seeding was determined though by their cheating
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Dave Cahill » January 18th, 2020, 9:28 pm

ronk wrote:Seeding was determined though by their cheating


Thats the start of it.

Their seeding, which they achieved through cheating, determined what group they were in. So theres 3 or four (if you include the team that should have been there instead of them) teams affected by their cheating. Then theres the group they should have been in but weren't - another three or four teams affected by their cheating.

Their cheating literally affected dozens of teams in multiple competitions
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Peg Leg » January 18th, 2020, 10:09 pm

artaneboy wrote:
Peg Leg wrote:
Jaysus but there will be an asterisk beside Sarries wins. They should change the "stars" on their jerseys to asterisk's.


Not for the HC titles. No salary caps there. They are not even particularly high, I’d guess given the enormous budgets of the likes of Toulon et al.


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Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby artaneboy » January 18th, 2020, 10:31 pm

Peg Leg wrote:
artaneboy wrote:
Peg Leg wrote:
Jaysus but there will be an asterisk beside Sarries wins. They should change the "stars" on their jerseys to asterisk's.


Not for the HC titles. No salary caps there. They are not even particularly high, I’d guess given the enormous budgets of the likes of Toulon et al.


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Would they have qualified?


Well they probably would have qualified- as in finished in the top 6 of the premiership. Even without the cheating they probably have the systems and “legal” support from Wray to get to Europe each year over the last half decade. But I concede that the seeding might be an issue.


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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » January 18th, 2020, 10:42 pm

After todays games

Leinster 28
Exeter 27
Clermont 24
Racing 22
Toulouse 22
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Ulster 21
Saints 19
Glasgow 17
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Salarycens 14
Gloucester 14
Munster 11

Guessing toulouse will win against glocester tomorrow. If salarycens win with a BP exeter will roll out the red carpet for them, if they win without TBP we play them in dublin. If Racing win we play glasgow. some big games tomorrow.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 19th, 2020, 4:18 pm

As we stand with just Toulouse v Gloucester to change things. Probable Q/F line-up:


Leinster v Salarycens
Exeter v Saints
Toulouse v Ulster
Clermont v Racing

Three French & three English and two Irish.

But, if Toulouse go mad it could end up:

Leinster v Sarries
Toulouse v Saints
Exeter v Ulster
Clermont v Racing 92

But Toulouse need 4 tries and a very big margin >35 pts.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » January 19th, 2020, 8:51 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:As we stand with just Toulouse v Gloucester to change things. Probable Q/F line-up:


Leinster v Salarycens
Exeter v Saints
Toulouse v Ulster
Clermont v Racing

Three French & three English and two Irish.

But, if Toulouse go mad it could end up:

Leinster v Sarries
Toulouse v Saints
Exeter v Ulster
Clermont v Racing 92

But Toulouse need 4 tries and a very big margin >35 pts.



Assuming we beat Salarycens.....does that mean a home semi final between clermont and racing? or is it toulouse for us at home? cant see saints beating them away
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby cormac » January 19th, 2020, 11:28 pm

I'm guessing Trevor Brennan's bar won't be doing that much business on the weekend of Toulouse's quarter-final. The Guinness there is terrible anyway, or so I've heard.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby johng » January 19th, 2020, 11:29 pm

Saints are playing Exeter. Toulouse are at home to Ulster.

The winners meet in the semi. Probably somewhere like Plymouth or Southampton.

We would be at home to Clermont or Racing.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby deco » January 19th, 2020, 11:35 pm

johng wrote:Saints are playing Exeter. Toulouse are at home to Ulster.

The winners meet in the semi. Probably somewhere like Plymouth or Southampton.

We would be at home to Clermont or Racing.


I'll take that. Much prefer to meet sassanchs in Marseilles rather than a French team
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby Hornet » January 20th, 2020, 1:03 pm

johng wrote:Saints are playing Exeter. Toulouse are at home to Ulster.

The winners meet in the semi. Probably somewhere like Plymouth or Southampton.

We would be at home to Clermont or Racing.


There is a dearth of big Stadia in the West Country. Ashton Gate in Bristol would be my bet. Argyle's ground is too small and Soton is a nightmare to get to from Exeter. Brizzle is a straight run up the M5 or just over an hour by train.
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Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

Postby SoupyNorman » January 20th, 2020, 1:18 pm

Hornet wrote:There is a dearth of big Stadia in the West Country. Ashton Gate in Bristol would be my bet. Argyle's ground is too small and Soton is a nightmare to get to from Exeter. Brizzle is a straight run up the M5 or just over an hour by train.


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