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Heineken Champions Cup 22/23 - Rd 3

Need to keep the BP wins coming in the next couple of weeks. This weekend will be Ster's last game outside of Dublin in this year's comp if so.
I'd very much like us to BP this weekend. Would probably qualify us for the last 16 and let us prioritise Benneton away which is strange to say the bigger game than Toulouse. I gather Saints have been blowing massively hot and cold, smashing Quins and then being smashed by Exeter. They don't really have a whole lot to play for here, so I have to imagine they prioritise the Prem?

I think we will go with something like
Kilcoyne, Buckley, Salanoa, Kleyn, Beirne, O'Mahony, Hodnett, Coombes, Casey, Carbery, Daly, Fekitoa, Frisch, Nash, Haley
Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Roman Salanoa; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Peter O’Mahony (C), Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Scott Buckley, Josh Wycherley, John Ryan, John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes.

I'm happy enough! Only thing is change is having Hodnett starting at 7 with O'Mahony to 6. Not a big deal though
Sale Sharks Starting XV:
15. Joe Carpenter, 14. Tom O'Flaherty, 13. Sam James, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. Arron Reed, 10. Rob Du Preez, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Simon McIntyre, 2. Akker Van Der Merwe, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Jono Ross, 7. Ben Curry ©, 8. Jean-Luc Du Preez

16. Ewan Ashman, 17. Bevan Rodd, 18. James Harper, 19. Josh Beaumont, 20. Sam Dugdale, 21. Raffi Quirke, 22. Tom Curtis, 23. Luke James.

Happy with that, strongest we have available - usually I'd have an issue with J.Ross starting but he's played well the last few weeks, credit where it's due
1. Joe Marler
2. George Head
3. Wilco Louw
4. Stephan Lewies
5. Irne Herbst
6. Luke Wallace
7. Will Evans
8. Alex Dombrandt – Captain

9. Danny Care
10. Marcus Smith
11. Aaron Morris
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Joe Marchant
14. Cadan Murley
15. Nick David

Impact Players

16. Jack Walker 17. Jordan Els 18. Simon Kerrod 19. George Hammond 20. Tom Lawday 21. Lewis Gjaltema 22. Oscar Beard 23. Will Edwards
Exeter Chiefs team news

Exeter Chiefs:
15. Josh Hodge, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade (c), 12. Solomone Kata, 11. Olly Woodburn, 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Sam Maunder, 1. Scott Sio, 2. Jack Innard, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Jack Dunne, 5. Dafydd Jenkins, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Christ Tshiunza, 8. Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16. Jack Yeandle, 17. James Kenny, 18. Josh Iosefa-Scott, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Greg Fisilau, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Harvey Skinner, 23. Rory O'Loughlin,

Good to see Kirsten and Skinner back and its a strong team but still a few missing,

Is Hogg injured?

Bull Bulls team news

Blue Bulls:
15. Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14. Canan Moodie, 13. Wandisile Simelane, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. David Jacobus Kriel, 10. Chris Smith, 9. Zak Burger, 1. Gerhard Steenekamp, 2. Johan Grobbelaar, 3. Mornay Smith, 4. Ruan Vermaak, 5. Ruan Nortjé (c), 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Nizaam Carr, 8. Elrigh Louw.

Replacements: 16. Bismarck Du Plessis, 17. Dylan Smith, 18. Francois Klopper, 19. Janko Swanepoel, 20. WJ Steenkamp, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Johan Goosen, 23. Lionel Mapoe,
Sharks team vs Bordeaux Begles

15 Boeta Chamberlain,
14 Marnus Potgieter,
13 Lukhanyo Am,
12 Ben Tapuai,
11 Makazole Mapimpi,
10 Curwin Bosch,
9 Jaden Hendrikse,
8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe,
7 Vincent Tshituka,
6 Siya Kolisi (captain),
5 Gerbrandt Grobler,
4 Eben Etzebeth,
3 Thomas du Toit,
2 Bongi Mbonambi,
1 Ox Nche


16 Kerron van Vuuren,
17 Ntuthuko Mchunu,
18 Carlu Sadie,
19 Hyron Andrews,
20 Phepsi Buthelezi,
21 Cameron Wright,
22 Lionel Cronje,
23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
Lawes, Smith, Ribbans all back for Saints. Saints hot or cold, could win, could lose. The joys of following Saints.
Really puzzling that Saints opt for that mismatch of a back row when they could just put LSL at 8. He’s perfectly suited to it and has started there at international level. And the Lawes and Ludlam would be able to play in their preferred positions.
Ospreys going 6-2 split on the bench and playing Rhys Davies at 6 and Jac Morgan at 8. Should be interesting.

1. Thomas
2. Baldwin
3. Botha
4. Beard
5. AWJ
6. Davies
7. Tips
8. Morgan
9. Webb
10. Williams
11. Giles
12. Hawkins
13. Collins
14. Cuthbert
15. Evans

16. Lake
17. Smith
18. Francis
19. Bradley Davies
20. Sutton
21. Morris
22. Morgan-Williams
23. North
Pollards kicking is sooo good!
Defence coaches must be pulling their hair out here.

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