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Rugby 5 Preview Weekend Fixtures 29 NOVEMBER - 01 DECEMBER 2019

2019-11-25 by Hannes Schoeman

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FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2019

Match 1: Nevers vs Beziers

On paper nothing to choose between the two sides.Beziers are tenth on the French Pro D2 log with Nevers in 11th place.Both sides have won six matches from 11 - and home ground advantage could be the deciding factor.

Match 2: Munster vs Edinburg

Munster has won one from two matches in the European Rugby Championship Cup, while Edinburgh looks solid with four wins from six in Conference B of the Pro 14 competition.However, Munster is hard to beat on his home ground and should start as slight favourites.

Match 3: Ulster vs Scarlets

A Thriller on the cards with Ulster topping Pool 3 in the European competition with two wins from two starts, and Scarlets second in Pool B of Top 14 with five wins from six.Ulster should use home ground advantage to notch up a win.

Match 4: Bath vs Saracens

After bearing Ospreys 44-3 over the weekend Saracens seems to be back on top of their game.Bath, on the other hand, went down 9-15 to Harlequins.It is Saracens by 13 or more.

Match 5: Newcastle Falcons vs Hartpury University

An easy victory is predicted for Newcastle Falcons who have six wins from six starts in the Greene King IPA Championship. is in seventh spot with three from six

Hartpury is in seventh spot with three from six and would need a miracle to win.

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019 (Pool 1)

Match 1: Racing 92 vs Bordeaux Begles

A nail-biter on the cards.Racing 92 drew with Munster 21-all over the weekend and face Bordeaux Begles who is second on the Top 14 log behind Racing 92 with a win from two outings.Racing 92 is tipped to win.

Match 2: Exeter Chiefs vs London Wasps

Exeter Chiefs should be too strong for Wasps and a points difference of 13 or more is predicted.The Chiefs outfit is on a roll and it is difficult to see how Wasps can stop them.

Match 3: Northampton Saints vs Leicester Tigers

The latest log positions point to a win for Northampton Saints, who narrowly defeated Benetton 35-32 over the weekend.Tigers are currently in 11th place on the Premier log with one win from four matches, but that is not a true reflection of their ability.

Match 4: Worcester Warriors vs Sale Sharks

Very little to choose between the two sides on paper, but Sale Sharks are tipped to take the honours.It could be a close match.

Match 5: Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues

The two sides are placed fifth and sixth on the log in Conference B of the Pro 14 competition.Both sides won two from six and a close match is predicted.

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019 (POOL 2)

Match 1: La Rochelle vs Castres

La Rochelle went down 15-25 to Sale Sharks over the weekend.Castres is set to take the honours, even if they play away from home.

Match 2: Section Paloise v Toulonnais

Home ground advantage favours Section Paloise, although victory won't come easy.It could be a close call.

Match 3: Connacht vs Southern Kings

Although the Kings drafted in reinforcements, Connacht should still come out victorious.However, the Kings seem to be on the up.

Match 4: Ospreys vs Cheetahs

The Cheetahs have lost their three opening games under new coach Hawies Fourie and will be desperate to get back on the winning road,They are currently third on the log in Conference A of Pro 14 and Ospreys further down in sixth place.It will be a surprise if the Cheetahs do not take this one.

Match 5: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster

Leinster look too strong and are set to keep their unbeaten record.They are currently on six from six and should take maximum points.

 

SUNDAY 01 DECEMBER 2019

Match 1: Mogliano vs Petrarca Padova

As the log leaders (four from four) in the Italian Top 12 competition Padova should have the beating of Mogliano, who is currently in sixth spot with three from four.

Match 2: Cornish Pirates vs Nottingham

A close match is in the cards. With very little to choose between the two sides, home ground advantage could be the deciding factor.

Match 3: Bristol vs London Irish

Home ground advantage does not guarantee Bristol a win as London Irish are expected to come hard at them.The match can even end in a draw.

Match 4: Harlequins vs Gloucester

Gloucester's current form predicts a victory although Harlequins can never be underestimated.

Match 5: Stade Toulousain vs Bayonne

What a match! Toulouse tops the European competition with two from  two, while Bayonne is placed fourth in the Top 14 with five wins from nine matches.

Toulouse gets the nod.