Heineken Cup & Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1: Predictions
This weekend is packed full of rugby as both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup kick off for the new season.
There are 22 games in total, so I'm not going to do previews for them all as that would take hours, and quite honestly, I'm supposed to be working. However, the games I am most looking forward to are: Toulon v Ospreys, Aviva Premiership leaders London Irish v Magners league table toppers Munster, Clermont Auvergne v Saracens and reigning champions Toulouse v Wasps, all in the Heineken Cup, and, of course, Bucuresti Oaks v my beloved Leeds Carnegie in the Amlin. You can read my preview of that game here.
Glasgow v Newport-Gwent Dragons -Newport Gwent Dragons by 6 Northampton v Castres -Northampton by 5 Ulster v Aironi Rugby -Ulster by 9 Benetton Treviso v Leicester -Leicester by 21 Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh -Cardiff by 12 Clermont Auvergne v Saracens -Saracens by 7 Leinster v Racing Metro 92 -Leinster by 3 London Irish v Munster -London Irish by 6 Scarlets v Perpignan -Perpignan by 7 Toulon v Ospreys -Toulon by 12 Bath v Biarritz -Biarritz by 9 Toulouse v Wasps -Toulouse by 16
Amlin Challenge Cup:
Newcastle v Bourgoin - Newcastle by 12 Stade Francais v Rugby Parma - Stade Francais by 16 Agen v Gloucester -Agen by 3 Brive v Petrarca -Brive by 9 Sale v Cetransa El Salvador -Sale by 18 Bucuresti v Leeds Carnegie -Leeds Carnegie by 6 Cavalieri Prato v Connacht -Connacht by 6 Exeter v Montpellier -Exeter by 9 Rovigo v La Rochelle -La Rochelle by 6 Bayonne v Harlequins -Harlequins by 5