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Rugby 5 Preview Weekend Fixtures 29 NOVEMBER - 01 DECEMBER 2019

2019-11-25 by Phantom

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Friday  29 November Rugby 5

M1. Nevers v Beziers

There is nothing between these teams in the D2. They have both played 11 and earned 25 points this season. Nevers are at home so that may swing things narrowly in their favour but expect a close match.

M2. Munster v Edinburgh

Both teams are having a good trot but Munster look the good again this season. The fact they are at home solidifies their chances here.

M3. Ulster v Scarlets

Ulster have hit form in a bid way but the Scarlets continue to grind out results and sit second in their Conference in the Pro 14. Ulster have impressed lately but they will be tested.

M4. Bath v Saracens

For the first time this season, Saracens showed what they can do with a huge win last weekend. They made a statement after their massive points deduction. Bath are hard to beat at The Rec but Saracens are playing catchup and need to be brilliant this season to stay in the division.

M5. Newcastle v Hartpury

Newcastle are 6/6 in the RFU Championship. Expect them to remain unbeaten against Hartpury who shouldn't be good enough to trouble them.

Saturday 30 November Rugby 5 Pool 1

M1. Racing 92 v Bordeaux

Bordeaux are 2nd in the Top 14 while Racing are flat so far in 10th. Racing have showed signs of a turnaround but they need to bring their best against a very good side.

M2. Exeter v Wasps

Wasps are a fine side but Exeter are brilliant. They have looked like a team who can win the Gallagher Premiership and they should easily beat Wasps at home.

M3. Northampton v Leicester

Leicester are having a nightmare. Bar Saracens who were chopped 35 points, they are bottom of the log. Northampton are going along nicely and should be thereabouts in May. Expect Northampton to win.

M4. Worcester v Sale

Worcester dont give much away while Sale are enterprising and brave. Sale tossed a golden opportunity last weekend but they will fancy a chance to hit back now.

M5. Treviso v Cardiff

Neither team is ripping up trees this campaign which makes this match hard to predict. Treviso are always tough to get hold of at home. That may swing it in their favour but Cardiff need a boost.

Saturday 30 November Rugby 5 Pool 2

M1. La Rochelle v Castres

Castres need a boost because they have been nowhere near expected. In fact they have been awful. La Rochelle showed some courage last weekend when they had a man sent off early but managed to take a win. La Rochelle should continue their form.

M2. Pau v Toulon

This should be a good match. Pau are 3rd and Toulon have found form and they are 5th with a point between them. Pau play some entertaining rugby while Toulon have so much going for them. Go long.

M3. Connacht v Kings

The Kings finally broke their duck in their last match. Connacht are a super side at home and they will go in as favourites. Expect them to deliver despite taking on a side who will be confident.

M4. Ospreys v Cheetahs

This is a chance for the Cheetahs to show they can win away. Ospreys aren't going big anytime soon. This will be important for the Cheetahs to get their season back on track. 

M5. Glasgow v Leinster

Glasgow are a good side but Leinster are a top side. Despite Glasgow being at home and not being an easy place to visit, Leinster have it all. They should be too good but it might not be convincing on the scoreboard.

Sunday 01 December Rugby 5

M1. Mogliano v Padova

Padova are known as the third team in Italy behind big guns, Treviso and Zebre. Mogliano punch above their weight and have decent form but should battle to win.

M2. Cornish Pirates v Nottingham

Pirates should have the beating of Nottingham. There is a six point gap between them on the log and the Pirates find themselves in excellent form winning 42-7 last week.

M3. Bristol v London Irish

Bristol have taken the season by storm. They are flying and continue to impress. Irish are also having a decent time but if their opponents are anything to go by, expect another Bristol win.

M4. Harlequins v Gloucester

Gloucester are great to watch. They put everything into their performances and they have some good results to show. Quins have been up and down and that makes them tough to predict. Gloucester are likely winners though.

M5. Toulouse v Bayonne

Toulouse started slowly and inconsistently but they have some stars back and should find more flattering form. Bayonne started the season with a bang but lost their last two. Bayonne are worth giving hope to but Toulouse may have enough firepower.