Mid-season predictions

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Sir Speedy, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Just out of interest, given the situation in each respective tournament, and the fact we're halfway through the domestic NH year:

    Heineken Cup:

    1. Harlequins
    2. Cardiff
    3. Toulouse
    4. Leicester
    5. Leinster
    6. Munster
    7. Ospreys
    8. Bath


    Toulouse (winners) v Cardiff


    1. Bath
    2. Sale
    3. Irish
    4. Leicester
    5. Gloucester
    6. Harlequins
    7. Northampton
    8. Sarries
    9. Worcester
    10. Wasps
    11. Bristol
    12. Newcastle

    Sale (winners) v Bath


    1. Munster
    2. Ospreys
    3. Leinster
    4. Edinburgh
    5. Scarlets
    6. Ulster
    7. Cardiff
    8. Dragons
    9. Glasgow
    10. Connacht


    Final: Ospreys (winners) v Cardiff

    Then again, I don't know how the semi's are seeded in the Heineken Cup, so yeh. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure this is how it'll unfold.
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  3. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    open draw for the semis
  4. shtove

    shtove Guest

    1. Munster.
    2. Munster.
    3. Munster.

    Yes, yes - Munster aren't in the premiership, but you know what would happen if they were.
  5. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Ask any random Munster fan if they think they'll do the Treble this season and odds are they'll say yes.
  6. Heineken Cup: Toulouse
    Premiership: Sale
    Magners League: Munster
    Top 14: Perpignan
    EDF: Who cares?
  7. You serious Glasgow will finish 9th:eek: , 5th at worst i would say..

    Sale for the Premiership and Munster for the HC and Magners league.
  8. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest


    ...Bear in mind I made this before this weekend's HC results.
  9. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Jan 20 2009, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    Haha i love hindsight, from awful to the best in Europe B)
  10. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (shtove @ Jan 10 2009, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Yeah, they'd be knackered after 6 weeks of having to always play at full strength instead of letting the kids <strike>f***</strike> run about in the pergatory and being guaranteed an anual bye into the HEC.

    Then finish 8th after O'Gara gets the tar beaten out of him weekly by "those over-rated Premiership players".
  11. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    HEC - Munster (As long as we don't get complacent and stay focused, It should happen. Munster playing well should beat any other team in the competition)
    ML - Munster
    GP - I think Irish will finish first, but not win the final. Sale.

    Munster don't take ML seriously Mite? League table says otherwise.
  12. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Noboby take the ML seriously. Connauct would never beat Leienster otherwise.
  13. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Jan 21 2009, 09:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Out of interest, how much Magners League rugby do you watch because to say nobody takes it seriously is ludicrous. Is the Premiership not taken seriously because Newcastle beat Gloucester or is the Top 14 merely a low level competition because Toulon beat Clermont? Does the fact that Wasps put out virtually a 2nd string team over Christmas mean that they disregard the Premiership?

    Connacht caught Leinster on a bad day. The Irish provinces are bound to rest their international players for a specified number of games each year (as are Premiership clubs this season) - Leinster took the opportunity to rest some of these players against Connacht and were punished for it.

    Tell this years record crowds that nobody takes the ML seriously.
  14. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    seriously lads this is blatant fishing, why bother taking the bait?
  15. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Jan 21 2009, 01:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Ha! Yeah, I kind of figured. My rebuttal was more a general statement about the way the Magners League is perceived by the press in England than having a go back at Teh Mite. It's something I've been itching to say for ages and I saw this as my opportunity!
  16. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Just for the sake of being pedantic: Wasps had to put out their second string for the Sale match (which is what I think you're referring to) due to RFU laws, or something. All sides had to rest their EPS players, and Wasps have plenty of 'em.
    And Gloucester generally balls up quite alot, so that argument goes out the window like the Leinster - Connacht one.
    Still, I think the Magners League has gotten more exciting over the past two seasons, though I still find the intensity of the Premeirship to be greater than that in the Magners (except in Welsh derbies, of course.)
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