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European Rugby Champions Cup 2017 - Round 1

Post by George Carlin on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 8:12 am

First topic message reminder :

Right, seeing as it seems nobody else has put up any match threads yet, perhaps we can use this as a general thread for the build up to this year's European club competition.

The first round of Champions Cup matches looks like this:

13/10/2017 19:45 P1
Ulster Rugby  v   Wasps
Kingspan Stadium
BT Sport / beIN Sports More

14/10/2017 13:00 P3
Leinster Rugby  v   Montpellier
RDS Arena
Sky Sports / beIN Sports More

14/10/2017 16:15 P4
Racing 92  v   Leicester Tigers
Stade Yves-Du-Manoir
beIN Sports / BT Sport More

14/10/2017 17:30 P1
Harlequins  v   La Rochelle
The Twickenham Stoop
Sky Sports / beIN Sports More

14/10/2017 17:30 P5
Bath Rugby  v   Benetton Rugby
The Recreation Ground
Sky Sports / beIN Sports More

14/10/2017 19:45 P3
Exeter Chiefs  v   Glasgow Warriors
Sandy Park
BT Sport / beIN Sports More

15/10/2017 14:00 P4
Castres Olympique  v   Munster Rugby
Stade Pierre Fabre
beIN Sports / Sky Sports More

15/10/2017 16:15 P5
RC Toulon  v   Scarlets
Stade Félix Mayol
FR2 / Sky Sports / beIN Sports More

15/10/2017 17:30 P2
Northampton Saints  v   Saracens
Franklin's Gardens
BT Sport / beIN Sports More

15/10/2017 17:30 P2
Ospreys  v   ASM Clermont Auvergne
Liberty Stadium
BT Sport / beIN Sports

We all have our own vested interests but for me the picks of the round are:

- Chiefs v Glasgow: 2nd in the Jeff vs 1st in Pro 12 conference A - both teams playing very well - should be a stormer.

- Toulon v Scarlets: top of Pro 12 conference B, Scarlets are flying and are coming up against an imperfect side that has already lost 3 times this season. Great chance for an away win.

- Saints v Sarries: 1st v 3rd, an English classic, should be absolutely brutal.
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Re: European Rugby Champions Cup 2017 - Round 1

Post by yappysnap on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 10:45 am

The old true fans line there Geoff.

Worth pointing out that no one on here is a Wasps fan.

Look at my post above, Wasps lost because of a number of reasons. The ref wasn't one of them. I think everything said about the ref was as the game went on, so heat of the moment and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Enjoy your win

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Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:15 am

Exactly yappy - just because people may question some calls by the officials it doesn't automatically mean they are blaming them for the result - although I can understand why supporters of the teams involved may feel that's what's going on ...

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Post by TJ on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:32 am

Nicely said Yappy. I find I often think refs decisions are wrong until I see the replays then I understand. We all only tend to see the ones that go against us and in this game Delagglios comments really did not help when he is commenting on the decision not even understanding what it was given for.

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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:08 pm

Watching the Leinster - Montpellier game. James Ryan has started very well for Leinster. He has had a few good runs already.
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Post by Engine#4 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:13 pm

Joey Carbery needs to wake up though. Leinsters depth and bench being severely tested today. SOB, Sexton, Heaslip, Kearney, Ringrose, Fardy all out..

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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:16 pm

Carbery has had an iffy start to this match but he is a class player so I expect him to get into this match.

Montpellier, without doing too much, are right on top of Leinster and dominating field position.
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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:19 pm

And there is Carbery getting into the game. Great return from the kick and then the speed to finish off clap
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Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:20 pm

Looks like he's got into it now Smile

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Re: European Rugby Champions Cup 2017 - Round 1

Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:21 pm

That Montpellier winger looks a huge lump ...

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Post by Engine#4 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:22 pm

Certainly has!

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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:25 pm

Leinster are really missing Sexton's tactical awareness out there. Their kick from hand is very poor.
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Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:29 pm

Nicely done - great team try ...

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Post by Engine#4 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 2:30 pm

That was an incredible recovery from Henshaw

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Post by stevetynant on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 2:57 pm

Job done, plenty of troops to return. Reid and A Burn need to take some time out on the tackle bags but good start Leinster

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:04 pm

Racings front row looks big!

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:16 pm

Lacey Sad

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:23 pm

Leicester looking good, just need to keep that big Racing pack moving around the pitch.
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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:24 pm

Can't watch the Leicester - Racing game as herself has control of the Skybox after I got to watch Leinster. Best of luck to Leicester today, would love to see ye lads and Munster get through this group thumbsup
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Post by lostinwales on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:33 pm

Krasny yar beats Stade Francais.

Interesting

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:35 pm

I'd have given a try, Racing can feel a little hard done by.
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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:37 pm

Leicester scrum has held up suprisingly well, I expected them to get a bit mullered.
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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:38 pm

Cumbrian wrote:I'd have given a try, Racing can feel a little hard done by.

I would of just to get the game going but the actions of the racing  players after would suggest it wasn't grounded.

Strange to call a 5 meter scrum though when the penalty was nearer the 22

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:42 pm

They must have been confident hey could push over.

Leicester look a much better team than Racing when they keep the ball moving away from contact. They keep it up and Racing pack will be blowing out of their arses in the final quarter. Their conditioning looks terrible.
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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:44 pm

Thought there was a knock on there like.
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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:44 pm

Going to be a long day.
This pitchy is awful.

What?

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Re: European Rugby Champions Cup 2017 - Round 1

Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:45 pm

Welly wrote: Going to be a long day.
This pitchy is awful.

What?

It's going to be one of those days

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:49 pm

Surely in at the side?

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:51 pm

Ouch, Leicester need the next score. Nakarawa is some player.
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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:51 pm

Cumbrian wrote:Ouch, Leicester need the next score.  Nakarawa is some player.

Just can't defend against him, he's brilliant

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:57 pm

Well worked try, great pass and May did well to finish.
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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:00 pm

I do find the French fans funny

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:04 pm

Really good half of rugby. As a semi neutral I enjoyed that.
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Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:11 pm

Cumbrian wrote:Thought there was a knock on there like.

For the Racing try? Yes I agree ...

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:19 pm

Yeah, it seem pretty clear to me. Not sure how the ref couldn't see it.
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Post by Heaf2 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:20 pm

Think that was the TMO - kept hearing Lacey say he couldn't see anything on the screen ..

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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:22 pm

French milking that.


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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:23 pm

Fly half milking that for all it is worth.
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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:28 pm

How was that a maul?

Lacey should be banned from the champions cup.

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:29 pm

Welly wrote: How was that a maul?

Lacey should be banned from the champions cup.

I don't think he's rated in the pro 14 either

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Post by TJ on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:38 pm

Welly wrote: How was that a maul?

Lacey should be banned from the champions cup.

More than one racing player had hold of the ball before the man went to ground - thats why. don't be fooled by the commentators

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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:40 pm

Doesn't matter if they had hold of the ball if his knees touch the floor before maul is called it's a tackle Lacey called maul after hamilton knees went down therefore the racing players have to release.

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Post by TJ on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:42 pm

Nope - its a maul as they had hold of the ball and stood up - the Leicester player did not get the ball to the ground

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:42 pm

TJ wrote:
Welly wrote: How was that a maul?

Lacey should be banned from the champions cup.

More than one racing player had hold of the ball before the man went to ground - thats why.  don't be fooled by the commentators

You maybe right, lacey is still a Poopie

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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:45 pm

The ball doesnt need to touch the ground though.

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Post by TJ on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:46 pm

You maybe right, lacey is still a Poopie

No arguement with that. Few refs get our approval tho do they

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:50 pm

TJ wrote:
You maybe right, lacey is still a Poopie

No arguement with that.  Few refs get our approval tho do they

I ensure I approve of a ref if they have a good game, only fair they are treated the same as teams

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:51 pm

Does the number 8 of racing not have to move?

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Post by nathan on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:52 pm

8 miles offside there

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Post by eirebilly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 5:03 pm

Surely that should be a red card by the new directives?
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Post by Welly on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 5:05 pm

eirebilly wrote:Surely that should be a red card by the new directives?

Nah because Cilliers but his arm out to stop his fall.

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