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The storylines and rivalries in this year's European Champions Cup semifinal matchups are endless, but here are the five stories the Middle East, North Africa will watch unfold live on FloRugby this weekend.
If you want to watch some of the best tacklers in the world go at eachother, watch the Champions Cup this weekend. CJ Stander leads the Champions cup in tackles with 112 for Munster. While Leinster’s James Ryan tallied 27 tackles against provincial rival Ulster in thee quarterfinal.
No New Faces
The four teams competing this weekend for the Champions cup have all been here before. Toulouse and Leinster are tied for the most with four, and only one of them will go for a fifth after Saturday. Munster and the Saracens are just behind with three each.
Cheslin Kolbe might just be the most evasive man on foot. Kolbe has beaten the most defenders in the Champions cup so far with 45. He’s slippery too the point that he can actually slip and still burn several defenders.
The game of the weekend was unquestionably Toulouse against Clermont.— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) April 15, 2019
Toulouse won 47-44, and it looks like Cheslin Kolbe is in fine form ahead of the European semi-final.
This is the second best team in the Top14 he’s doing this to.
History Favors The French
Toulon should win if you go by the numbers. The Top14 teams are 10-5 against Irish provincial sides in semifinals. But then again, this is Leinster and they’ve got a secret weapon.
It’s Johnny Sexton
The World Rugby Player of The Year rides in from injury on his golden horse and to beat the French? Sexton gutted it out in the Six Nations and will now have a go at a Champions cup repeat. A fifth Champions cup places Johnny Sexton on Mt. Rushmore.
Six Nations Grand Slam 🏆— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 25, 2018
Pro 14 title 🏆
European Champions Cup 🏆
Series win in Australia ✅
Win over the All Blacks ✅
Johnny Sexton has been named World Rugby's Player of the Year after a sensational 12 months for club and country 🙌 pic.twitter.com/WBHmq45dvb
Sexton is just two wins away from adding another line to this year and a half long trophy grab. The World Cup hangs on the horizon.