Heineken Cup

Getting Through

The Heineken Cup – Preview of the last Pool Rounds At this point in time there are five teams that have qualified for the quarter finals. Technically, there are six teams that can secure one of the three remaining places. [adsenseyu1] In reality it would be a major shock if they don’t go to Toulouse, Saracens and Leinster. The rank …

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Harlequins v Clermont Auvergne – This Time a French Team Turned Up!

With my team playing in sunny France it seemed rude not to make another visit to the Stoop.  Harlequins are on their day playing an exciting style of rugby and Clermont Auvergne generally put on a good performance in the Heineken Cup.  I set of to my ‘local’ Patisserie Valerie – where one of the waitresses knows there’s rugby on …

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The Heineken Cup Pool Stages Round 5: What Does it Mean?

In what was another action packed weekend of rugby a number of teams really excelled at what is the pinnacle of northern hemispheres elite club competition; other teams however fell by the wayside. Pool One: Leinster, Northampton Saints, Castres, Ospreys. With a victory away reigning Top 14 champions Castres it looks like a simple task for Matt O’Connor’s men, win …

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Tim Streather – A Saracens New Boy

Another rainy day another M25 journey; this time to meet with Tim Streather; Saracens summer signing from Nottingham Rugby.  I went with 2 hats on firstly as InTheLoose writer type person and secondly as the social media person for the Saracens Supporters Association.  (The truth is now out!)  We met in a Starbucks, where the athlete that Tim is had …

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No Quarter

The penultimate round of the Heineken pool stage has sorted out the weak from the champs and we now have a much clearer view of who will contest the quarter finals – and as importantly who will not. Pool1 Northampton won 29 – 17 at the Ospreys but their failure to pick up a bonus point will almost certainly force …

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Exeter Chiefs Vs Glasgow Warriors Preview

With the penultimate Heineken cup pool stage looming this weekend Exeter’s pursuit to qualify to the knockout stages look over. This weekend’s game with Glasgow Warriors has the distinct scent of a wooden spoon decider with the teams sat a mere point apart at the wrong end of pool 2. From a promising start in this year’s cup Exeter were …

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Second to Last Chance – Heineken Preview R5

This week sees the penultimate round of the Pool stages and by Sunday evening we should have some idea as to who is likely to be contesting the quarter finals. In Pool 1 Northampton have an outside chance following their fine win in Leinster in the last round. They are away to the Ospreys who are already pretty much out …

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10 to watch out for in 2014!

With an emotion sodden year in Rugby Union now a slightly more distant memory, 2014 presents the rugby world with new challenges and new prospects that will burst onto the scene. With Welsh Rugby Union in turmoil and the pinnacle of club rugby, the Heineken Cup unlikely to be the same again, Northern Hemisphere rugby is changing shape. Who will …

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