Just as we’re getting back into the domestic seasons after the Six Nations, we break again for the Champions Cup quarter-finals – but there are some great fixtures in prospect.
Here are my predictions for this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Edinburgh v Munster
This is a tough opening match, with the Scots making their debut in the European knockout stages, up against heavyweights Munster with all their proud history on this stage. My initial instinct was to pick the Irish on that basis, but Edinburgh have been in fine form all season and dispatched Leinster in the PRO14 just last weekend. Edinburgh by 4
Saracens v Glasgow
These two teams were in the same European group, with Sarries winning both legs on their way to earning top seed and a home quarter-final. Glasgow have won 5 in a row in the PRO14, but haven’t been tested as they will be this weekend, and the smart money is on the home team. Saracens by 8
Leinster v Ulster
These two teams sit in 1st and 2nd in PRO14 Conference B, but Leinster have won 5 of the last 6 against their Irish rivals, including by 31 and 33 points on their two most recent meetings. I can’t see past a Leinster victory. Leinster by 9
Racing v Toulouse
From an all-Irish affair to an all-French affair to conclude the round on Sunday. Picking the home team is normally the best bet, but Toulouse won in Paris in the Top 14 just over a month ago, they are top of the table and are unbeaten in the league since September. Still, instinct says to pick the home team. Racing by 2