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HEINEKEN CUP - MATCH DAY ONE PREVIEWS

Oct 8th, 2013 at 22:13 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 845 views

Rugby’s version of the Champions League is back to thrill and electrify us all in what is bound to be another great season of cup rugby. This year the early Heineken Cup build up has been dogged with controversy with the English and French clubs making loud noises about pulling out and starting a rival comp but that’s for another day, lets just enjoy the action and here are the …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND ONE Day one

Oct 12th, 2012 at 15:08 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 426 views

The Heineken Cup kicks off tonight with last years runners-up Ulster playing host to the French club Castres. Ulster have started their season in fine form with a 100% record in the RaboDirect Pro 12, or the Celtic League as it’s easier to say. Last week they had a superb 25-0 victory over Connacht to remain unbeaten and to stay at the top of the league. The Ulstermen also have an enviable …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND ONE Day two

Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:34 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 433 views

In Day Two of Round One Edinburgh entertain the Saracens of England in what could be a close match. The hosts have made a slow start to their domestic season with wins over Zebre and away to Cardiff but they have lost their last three straight and have gone down in two of their three home games so far. They have now lost eight from the last 14 home fixtures in …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND ONE Day three

Oct 14th, 2012 at 11:02 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 442 views

It was an even 3-3 on yesterdays games with Saracens, Connacht and the Quins doing the business. The Scarlets did their best and even led for a while but the unstoppable home force that is Clermont would not be denied as they ran away with the second half. We were let down by the two Irish powerhouses Munster and Leinster, neither played well but Leinster can at least say …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND TWO Day one

Oct 19th, 2012 at 16:32 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 452 views

Castres started the HC with a bit of a beating at in-form Ulster, they lost 47-17 but they played a little better than the score-line suggests. As mentioned last week Castres are a far better team in France than they are abroad. I say in France because tonight’s game is being played in Toulouse, so not quite home field advantage. Anyway, they are 4 from 4 at home in the French …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND TWO Day two

Oct 20th, 2012 at 10:33 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 518 views

Saturday matches kick off with Llanelli Scarlets hosting the holders Leinster and needing to get some points on the board after a bit of a mauling in the second half in Clermont. The Scarlets gave it all last week and led 13-6 just before the half. It all started going downhill with the red card of Morgan Stoddart for tow yellow cards and then Clermont ran away with the second period …

HEINEKEN CUP - ROUND TWO Day three

Oct 21st, 2012 at 10:56 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 473 views

The Sunday games start with second favourites Toulon heading to Wales to play the Cardiff Blues. Toulon kicked off with a big win over fellow Frenchmen Montpellier at home, 37-16. That made it 3 from 3 on home soil and their away record isn’t bad either with only Toulouse getting the better of them in 6 road matches. Toulon have a star-studded squad with many expected to play today including …

Heineken Cup - Match Day 3 - Friday games

Dec 7th, 2012 at 15:26 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 379 views

HEINEKEN CUP - MATCH DAY 3 CONNACHT vs. BIARRITZ A few ugly looking games this round and this is one of them. Connacht have won just 4 games all season and 3 of those wins were against the Italian duo Treviso and Zebre (the other was a big surprise victory over Leinster 34-6). One of their two wins over Zebre was in the last round of games in this comp which means …

Heineken Cup - Match Day 3 - Saturday's games

Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:12 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 3 comments 399 views

SATURDAYS FIXTURES SCARLETS vs. EXETER The home side welcome back a host of internationals as they look to get their HC going after two defeats. They have won 8 and lost 6 in all comps this season and their home record reads 4 wins and 3 losses. They lost by a big score in Clermont in their opening HC game and went down by 7 at home to Leinster. Exeter are very good at …

Heineken Cup - Match Day 3 - Sundays games

Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:48 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 363 views

If you had bet all recommendations in this round you would be in clover. We have hit 5 from 6 with just Saracens letting us down as they lost by 6 when we had them with a 3 point start. That takes it to a nice 20-8 since the HC started with almost all bets at 10/11 or bigger. Here’s hoping the good run continues… SUNDAYS GAMES CARDIFF vs. MONTPELLIER This is a horrible …

Heineken Cup - Match Day 4 - Friday games

Dec 14th, 2012 at 15:17 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 422 views

HEINEKEN CUP - MATCH DAY 4 Round 4 sees the reverse fixtures from last week, so a chance to either exact some revenge or rub some noses in it. EDINBURGH vs. RACING METRO Racing came up with a ten point win in Paris as they outscored Edinburgh two tries to nil. That left the Scottish side without a point and facing an early exit after they had such a great tournament last …

Heineken Cup - Match Day 4 - Saturday's games

Dec 15th, 2012 at 10:31 wildbillsghost on Rugby Union 0 comments 412 views

SATURDAY’S GAMES TREVISO vs. LEICESTER Treviso ran the Tigers very close last week at Welford Road, they lost by 8 points in a high scoring game but easily covered the 24 point handicap spread. They get a 10 point start this time as they relocate to Italy and they could run Leicester close again. They have 3 home wins this season including their last game and their biggest loss was by 12 points …