disappointing day at the office yesterday. we started strong, with Sale being dismantled by the French giants. But then Leinster ground Exeter down in a titanic encounter. Ulster then earned a well deserved win in the East midlands. Showing the power they possess in the pack.
Today sees an all French war, with two matches to decide the last two semi final spots in the Champions Cup.
Bordeaux Begles vs Racing 92 11/4/21 12:30 ko
Racing, so irresistible last weekend face a completely different best today. Travelling to Bordeaux needs a very disciplined and tactical performance. They are missing quite a few key players today and the make up of the side looks a bit off to me. Not the sort of side to go and win away here. With so many results in the Top 14 going to the home side for some reason, nobody knows why this is, but it is something that has happened for years. Winning away in the French League is one of the hardest tasks in Rugby. Bordeaux go a nice win last weekend, and can build on that today. They are a complete contrast to Racing, as their team on paper couldn’t look much stronger. With world beaters scattered all over the park. Bordeaux will make the Semis today and I wouldn’t be shy about putting them forward to win the whole competition
Bordeaux -3 handicap 11/10 with bet365, others showing shorter odds (3 point win) – Lost (Match drawn on the handicap)
Clermont vs Toulouse 11/4/21 15:00 ko
This is a European encounter. Two of the all time European giants, even though Clermont have never managed to lift the cup, they come into this category. For me, today is their day. There are match ups everywhere you look on the park, The forward battle will be intense, the battle of the half backs will be intriguing. But for me the match will be won and lost in the wide channels, and that is where Clermont have the edge. I couldn’t rate their back 3 highly enough, and their centre partnership will be able to give them plenty of space in those channels. To be able to steal a few extra points on the handicap is a nice luxury. But sit back, and enjoy this one, as it promises to be fierce up front, but so much flair out wide we could get an all time European classic
Clermont +4 handicap EVS with various bookies (2 point win) – Lost
play the singles and double (1 point win) today, and enjoy some top matches