Heineken Cup 2011/12 Predictions: Round 2

Round 1 was pretty successful, despite Northampton being robbed by Ronan O’Gara at Thomond Park, but let’s see if we can back it up this week.

There are a few tough picks this weekend, particularly Biarritz v Sarries and Gloucester v Quins on Saturday.

I’m backing the English champions to get a win in Biarritz, even though it’s notoriously difficult to come away with many points. Sarries’ form has been excellent in the Premiership, and they were the only side to pick up a try bonus point last weekend – it will be a stern test, but they’ve come through several and I think they’ll do it again.

As for Gloucester, a home win would have been the straightforward prediction had they not lost their unbeaten home record recently, and had they not been facing the unbeaten Harlequins. Going slightly against the majority, I’m still backing the cherry and whites to win at Kingsholm and end the Londoners’ winning streak. Whatever happens, that should be a cracker.

In the other games, I’m predicting home wins for Cardiff and Edinburgh tonight in their challenging fixtures, but I’m going with away wins for Munster and Toulouse in Castres and Connacht respectively.

I hovered over the Connacht prediction and an upset there wouldn’t surprise me too much, given the wishy-washy away form of French sides, but a Toulouse win was the safer pick.

Here are my Heineken Cup predictions for Round 2:

Cardiff Blues v London Irish: Cardiff Blues by 8
Edinburgh v Racing Metro 92: Edinburgh by 7
Northampton Saints v Scarlets: Northampton Saints by 13
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Aironi Rugby: ASM Clermont Auvergne by 18
Benetton Treviso v Ospreys: Ospreys by 13
Biarritz v Saracens: Saracens by 7
Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins: Gloucester Rugby by 6
Castres Olympique v Munster: Munster by 5
Connacht Rugby v Toulouse: Toulouse by 5
Leicester Tigers v Ulster: Leicester Tigers by 13
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors: Leinster by 6
Bath v Montpellier: Bath by 5

12 thoughts on “Heineken Cup 2011/12 Predictions: Round 2

  1. I agree for the most part. I’m curious to see if Munster is still riding the adrenaline wave courtesy of Ronan O’Gara delivering death to the Northampton? Heck, that rugby ball might as well have been excalibur with the goal posts being the heart of the Saints! Epic in every way, shape and form!

    Leinster and Glasgow scares me a little bit. I’m a Leinster fan and while they are the reigning champs, there’s something about Glasgow that seems threatening. They defeated Bath last weekend and when you couple that with Fergus McFadden being out with a dead leg for Leinster, it seems the iron is hot and ready for Glasgow to strike.

    I’m hoping for a Leinster victory!

    My only changes to your Round 2 Predictions are as follows:
    London Irish over Cardiff by 3
    Harlequins over Gloucester by 5
    Connacht over Toulouse by 2

    1. I think Glasgow could be dangerous as well, and they’re on a bit of a roll – home advantage should be the difference though.

      I was tempted with Connacht as I said, and would love to see an upset there, even if it does mean fewer SportGuru points.

  2. I also went for Sarries to beat Biarritz. The French side have been woeful this year so anything less than a Saracens win will be a bad result.

  3. leinster should be better attacking, possible not defensively with mc fadden swaped at 13 for o’mally. mc fadden is a twelve not a 13 and o’mally has brilliant foot work. have no fears of the warriors as they produce no threat bath should of beaten them. but lacked a finishing touch and a tempo to there game i predict a bonus point win for leinster and bath to loose at home. only other changes think ulster could win away and castres will just win at home with munster getting the loosing point.

    1. Here you go…

      Bayonne v Bordeaux-Begles: Bayonne by 36
      Newport Gwent Dragons v Perpignan 17: Gwent Dragons by 6
      Stade Francais Paris v Bucharest Wolves: Stade Francais Paris by 23
      Sale Sharks v Rugby Club La Vila: Sale Sharks by 35
      Exeter Chiefs v I Cavalieri Prato: Exeter Chiefs by 33
      Petrarca Padova v Newcastle Falcons: Newcastle Falcons by 16
      Banca Monte Crociati v Worcester Warriors: Worcester Warriors by 26
      Lyon Rugby v Toulon: Toulon by 13
      London Wasps v Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo: London Wasps by 29
      Agen v Brive: SU Agen by 5

      Slightly out on the margins so far!

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