The Dorset Drinker
- Jan 27, 2004
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I think you'll find Cornish Pirates have Won!!
It would make the first leg crap as there won't be the dramatics of teams going for the last minute drop goal or edging out a win.
The four highest seeds get home draws in the quarter final. The same should happen for the semi final. I don't believe there's room in the calender to add a second semi final leg.
This was more of a bugbear for followers of European rugby when Italian sides were a certain five-pointer, home or away. Now the Heineken Cup groups are beginning to level out in terms of a contest. The challenge of not only topping a pool, but vying for a home quarter final is part of the thrill of the competition. This must be maintained.
The only flaw of the Heineken Cup (and the Amlin Challenge, perhaps) is the draw for semi-final advantage. I should think that the seeding achieved from the six pools is worthy of being carried over one more round to the semi-finals. In the absence of home-and-away knockout matches, the luck-of-the-draw must be abolished.
I'm mostly echoing 'snoopy snoopy dog dog' from Page 1 of this thread: