Time To Make A Move In Heineken Champions Cup

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Teams from the Guinness PRO14 have, overall, shown well in the Heineken Champions Cup so far, and it’s possible that the Guinness league will produce the eventual champion.

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Leinster, who won both championships in 2017-18, has scored more points than any other team - 96 - so far and has won two out of three. Sean Cronin continues his hot scoring streak and combined with speedy Jordan Larmour, power-running James Ryan, and tireless tackler Dan Leavy to put Leinster among the top teams.

Ryan called Bath “ultra-physical” and said this weekend’s return match will be even harder.

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Munster and Edinburgh lead their pools, with Fijian No. 8 Bill Mata thundering over Newcastle (27 carries for 105 meters) as Juan Pablo Socino and Edinburgh beat Newcastle.

Mata leads the Heineken Cup with 69 carries.

And for Munster, JJ Hanrahan’s kicking has been excellent, and he logged 15 points in a win over Castres that also saw scrumhalf Conor Murray unleash some superb work.

Glasgow’s Adam Hastings kicked for 17 points as the Warriors beat Lyon to keep close to Saracens. Ulster beat Saracens in dramatic fashion to go 2-1.

All told, as many as 14 teams are still in with a strong chance of making the quarterfinals, and six of those are Guinness PRO14 teams and five from the French Top 14.

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Challenge Cup Chances

Benetton Rugby is in 1st in Pool 5 after getting by Harlequins 26-21 thanks to Monty Ioane’s late try. Nic Cudd led a superb effort (27 tackles) for the Dragons as they beat Northampton. 

Cory Allen scored two tries for Ospreys while scrumhalf Renato Giammarioli led Zebre over Enisei-STM.

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Guinness PRO14 teams Ospreys and Benetton lead their pools. Zebra and Connacht are in 2nd place in their groups.

French Top 14 teams Grenoble, La Rochelle, and Clermont Auvergne are all in very good position to make the quarterfinals.


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Los equipos del Guinness PRO14 tuvieron, en líneas generales, buenas participaciones en la Heineken Champions Cup, y es posible que la liga Guinness genere el futuro campeón. 

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Leinster, campeón en ambos torneos en 2017-18, es el equipo que en lo que va del torneo más puntos ha marcado – 96 – en dos triunfos y una derrota. Sean Cronin mantiene su capacidad para marcar puntos, y combinando con el veloz Jordan Lamour, el potente James Ryan y el incansable tackleador Dan Leavy, han puesto a Leinster entre los mejores equipos.

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Munster y Edinburgh lideran sus zonas, con el octavo fijiano Bill Mata en gran forma, con 27 corridas para 105 metros, para que el equipo de Juan Pablo Socino, Edinburgh, derrote a Newcastle.

Mata es quien más veces transportó el balón en la Heineken Cup, 69 veces.

Y para Munster, el pie de JJ Hanrahan fue brillante, aportando 15 puntos ante Castres, partido en el que Conor Murray estuvo en gran nivel.

Adam Hastings, de Glasgow, aportó 17 puntos para que los Warriors derroten a Lyon y quedar cerca de Saracens. Ulster, en forma dramática, derrotó a Saracens para quedar con dos triunfos en tres partidos.

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Challenge Cup

Benetton Rugby está primero en el Grupo 5, tras derrotar a Harlequins 26 a 21 gracias al tardío try de Monty Ioane. Nic Cudd tuvo un increíble trabajo (27 tackles) para los Dragons en su triunfo ante Northampton.

Las cuartos de final, semifinales y final de la Heineken Challenge Cup estarán EN VIVO en FloRugby 

Los equipos del Guinness PRO14 Ospreys y Benetton lideran sus zonas. Zebre y Connacht están en segunda posición en sus grupos.

Los equipos franceses del Top 14 Grenoble, La Rochelle y Clermont Auvergne están todos en buena posición para llegar a cuartos de final.




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