Heineken Cup Predictions 2010/11: Round 1

The Heineken Cup is back! Is there anything better than wall-to-wall top flight European Rugby?

London Irish v Munster is certainly the standout fixture of Round 1, but my mouse certainly hovered for some time over a few other games too before making my prediction.

My Clermont Auvergne v Saracens pick is slightly controversial, but I’m backing Sarries to pick up a win in France against the odds. I think they’ll be meticulously prepared in true Brendan Venter fashion, and my clichéd view of the French laissez-faire approach is telling me that Clermont will be expecting a comfortable home victory. Ah bof! You never know…come on Sarries!

Other than that, I’m generally predicting home victories, and a good weekend for English teams with London Irish to beat Munster and Bath to beat Biarritz.

Here is my full set of predictions – let me know what you think, and which games you are looking forward to this weekend.

Glasgow Warriors v Gwent Dragons: Glasgow Warriors by 11
Ulster v Aironi Rugby: Ulster by 33
Northampton Saints v Castres Olympique: Northampton Saints by 21
Leinster v Racing Métro 92: Leinster by 13
Benetton Treviso v Leicester Tigers: Leicester Tigers by 15
Toulon v Ospreys: Toulon by 9
Scarlets v Perpignan: Perpignan by 13
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Saracens: Saracens by 5
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh: Cardiff Blues by 11
London Irish v Munster: London Irish by 5
Bath v Biarritz: Bath by 8
Toulouse v London Wasps: Toulouse by 13

2 thoughts on “Heineken Cup Predictions 2010/11: Round 1

  1. I’ve gone a bit controversial with away victories for Dragons, Edinburgh and Wasps and for some reason i think a draw is in order between Leinster and Racing Metro.

    I fancy Toulon to sneak through the toughest pool of the lot and potentially go a long way.

    My predictions are notoriously horrendous though so watch out for that…

  2. Brilliant win for London Irish, and hopefully they’ll kick on from that now. Typical Munster though to sneak a losing bonus point from a tough away fixture, and neither the Ospreys nor Toulon would have given them a huge amount to worry about…

    I was surprised by the Scarlets as well – an extraordinary game, with a couple of outstanding tries, but also some shoddy defending too.

    And the other one wrong so far – Sarries. How did they not win that game? A try given away early on put them on the back foot, but even until the end I thought they looked the better side. Frustrating from a SportGuru point of view!

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