This week­end’s Rugby 5 pool is an all-Euro­pean af­fair

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

In Match 1, Ex­eter Chiefs are at home against Glouces­ter in the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Ex­eter’s eight-match un­beaten run came to an end at Har­lequins last week­end. They lost by just two points, but it was a sting­ing de­feat.

They had not lost away from home since mid-Fe­bru­ary and de­feat meant they lost top spot on the ta­ble to Sara­cens.

Against Glouces­ter, who are a dis­tant third in the stand­ings, they have a chance to re­assert them­selves. Jo­han Ack­er­mann’s Glouces­ter side has had an up-and-down sea­son with five wins from their nine Premier­ship matches. On pa­per the Chiefs should win, but as the say­ing goes, no match is played on pa­per. It’s fought out be­tween the chalk lines.

These two teams did bat­tle two weeks ago in the Premier­ship and the Chiefs were vic­to­ri­ous by 23-6.

Match 2 sees Lyon host the Glas­gow War­riors in the Stade de Ger­land.

Lyon have been go­ing through a win­lose se­quence over the last five matches and hav­ing won their last match, it is no com­fort that the War­riors will cross the Chan­nel this week.

As patchy as their form has been, Lyon has the propen­sity to top­ple much larger teams in rep­u­ta­tion as Mont­pel­lier, Stade Fran­cais and Racing Metro have dis­cov­ered. Against the War­riors, how­ever, they will be up against a welldrilled unit.

The War­riors top Con­fer­ence A in the Pro 14 and their un­remit­ting com­po­sure should carry them to vic­tory in this clash.

Bath face Le­in­ster in Match 3. Bath were in­volved in a dreary 7-7 draw at home against Sale Sharks last week­end. That re­sult meant they have won just once in their last eight games.

It is not the kind of form you want to take into a match against Le­in­ster, who have lost just once in their last 10 clashes - a nar­row one-point loss at Mun­ster.

Even more fore­bod­ing, Le­in­ster put 50 points on the Dragons in their last game. Their form could not be bet­ter and Bath should in­cur their wrath this week­end.

Toulon and Mont­pel­lier do bat­tle in Match 4.

Toulon recorded a rare win against Greno­ble last week­end. It was just their fourth in 11 Top 14-matches this sea­son.

In this Cham­pi­ons Cup match they square up against a side whose form hasn’t been that in­spir­ing ei­ther, but Mont­pel­lier have a bit more go­ing for them. This should be a tight af­fair with Mont­pel­lier hold­ing a slight ad­van­tage at fi­nal whis­tle.

The pool closes with the clash be­tween Wasps and Toulouse.

Wasps have won just once in their last six matches. As ex­pected, their most re­cent de­feat came against Sara­cens, but in some ways it would have steeled them for the on­slaught of the resur­gent French gi­ants.

Toulouse are on a seven-match un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions and that in­cludes a vic­tory over Le­in­ster. They aren’t the best trav­ellers, but if they play to the stan­dard of re­cent weeks they should have the beat­ing of Wasps.

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