European Champions Cup 2016/17: Semi-Final Predictions

Billy Vunipola

We have the prospect of two scintillating semi-final matches this weekend, and I seem to be predicting two Away wins, most unusually.

Munster v Saracens
This should be a cracker with the two European powerhouses slugging it out. If the game were being played at Thomond Park, I would back Munster to win, but the Aviva Stadium does not offer the same intimidating atmosphere for Munster’s opposition.

Munster have been galvanised this season, channelling their feelings for Anthony Foley into some passionate, ferocious performances, and they’ll be desperate to lift the trophy in Foley’s honour. Conversely, Saracens represent the well-coached, business-like team that will be prepared for everything that Munster can throw at them.

Heart says Munster, but head says Sarries by 4.

Clermont v Leinster

Both my heart and my head are saying Leinster for this one. Clermont has been hot and cold in the Top 14, losing at home to Brive one week and then thrashing Grenoble the next, and I suspect Leinster will be the better-prepared team.

Leinster have won 9 in a row in the Guinness Pro12, and are timing their run perfectly into the end of the season. Leinster by 6.

What are your predictions for this weekend’s matches?

4 thoughts on “European Champions Cup 2016/17: Semi-Final Predictions

  1. Sarries have looked imperious since getting their top players back and on paper should be too strong. But its 2-0 to Ireland at the Aviva this year and just worried that’s a monkey the Eng players need to get off their back. Should be a cracker here’s hoping for a Sarries win an NO Lions injuries .. on either side!

  2. I think the weather may play a part in France. A dry day and I’m hoping Leinster can just run the big, heavy pack around the park. I’m a lot more nervous if it becomes a messy arm-wrestle.

    The other game is even tighter to call. Realistically, I don’t think anyone would be too shocked at whatever combination makes it through.

  3. Munster missed Murray badly. Suspect result would have been the same, but the kicking and management wasn’t anywhere near troubling Sarries today. OMahony going off killed it for them.

  4. A fantastic physical match but Sarries power was just too much and they squeezed Munster out in the last quarter. Some great performances from both teams, hope O’Mahoney is ok.

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