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7 correct predictions out of 10 for us on a tough weekend that saw the SuperBru community average just 5.9 out of 10, and a mere 63 Grand Slam Points handed out. Not brilliant, but we are taking that.

How did you go?

Harry Mallinder, son of Northampton director of rugby Jim, produced the winning score as the Saints defeated Glasgow. Toulon left it very late – like 80 minutes late – against Wasps to take top spot in Pool 5. Racing thrashed the visiting Scarlets at the Stade Yves du Manoir, scoring nine tries. CJ Stander hopes that Munster’s win over Stade will go some way to repairing the damage of this season. Leinster boss Leo Cullen was thrilled to see the squad’s younger players step up for a big win over Bath. Owen Farrell was pleased not only with his hairstyle, but also to see Saracens respond to their first loss of the season against Harlequins by thrashing Ulster. Leicester picked up their fifth straight win in the pool stages as they beat Treviso with a bonus-point. Toulouse are sitting in last place in Pool 1 after they lost to an ever improving Oyonnax. Bordeaux-Bègles scored five tries as they battled past Exeter in a thrilling win at Stade Chaban-Delmas. While in the first game of the weekend, Sam Davies came off the bench to score 15 points as the Ospreys put in an almighty defensive shift to stun Clermont.

The weekend’s results:

Northampton 19 – 15 Glasgow (Highly expected)

Toulon 15 – 11 Wasps (Highly expected)

Racing 64 – 14 Scarlets (Highly expected)

Leicester 47 – 7 Treviso (Highly expected)

Leinster 25 – 11 Bath (Upset)

Saracens 33 – 17 Ulster (Highly expected)

Oyonnax 32 – 14 Toulouse (Upset)

Munster 26 – 13 Stade Francais (Upset)

Bordeaux 34 – 27 Exeter (Upset)

Ospreys 21 – 13 Clermont (Upset)

Halvies on the “Highly expected” and “Upset” results, hence the scarcity of GSP’s! And were it not for that 80th minute try by Drew Mitchell in the final game of the weekend, there might not have been any of those pesky double points around. Got to feel for Ashleigh Johnson’s bumble bees!

For the weekend’s match reports and all the latest rugby news, head to the BREAKING NEWS section of the site.

The resultant, and MUCH changed pool leaderboard looks like this:

1 – up 85 places – Spo(r)t On – 52.50 points

2 – up 9 places – Blou Bevonk – 51.75

3 – up 107 places – Craigni – 51.50

4 – up 1 place – Ashton Eaton – 50.00

5 – up 21 places – Blue-Lily – 49.75

6 – up 49 places – choppie – 49.25

7 – up 231 places – Henry – 49.00

8 – down 7 places – Zibbi – 49.00

9 – up 1 place – Barnster – 48.75

10 – down 7 places – Spiros – 48.75

Henry (William Crichton-Stuart on his birth certificate) is not only up 231 places to 7th on the leaderboard, but also takes home a Vodacom Rugby goody bag including an official SuperBru yellow cap for his monster 15,5 point weekend via Margin Points for 5 of the 10 games and that all elusive GSP. Congrats, we will be in touch.

So with just a single round of pool games to go, Spo(r)t On has opened up a cheeky 0.75 point lead on that massively changed leaderboard. Will Blou Bevonk or Craigni have enough in the tank to halt his charge for that pool grand prize of a super sexy Samsung smart phone? Or will it be “All change” again next week?

Remember that you have to be following @vodacomrugga on Twitter to qualify for the prize, though.

Righto, time to get that thinking cap on for the final round of pool matches next weekend. And again, we have a full round of fixtures, but with no Friday game this time round:

Saturday 23rd of January

Ulster v Oyonnax (Kingspan Stadium) 15:00

Toulouse v Saracens (Stade Ernest Wallon) 15:00

Wasps v Leinster (Ricoh Arena) 17:15

Bath v Toulon (Recreation Ground) 17:15

Glasgow v Racing Metro (Rugby Park) 19:30

Scarlets v Northampton (Parc Y Scarlets) 19:30

Sunday 24th of January

Stade Francais v Leicester (Stade Jean-Bouin) 15:00

Treviso v Munster (Stadio Comunale di Monigo) 15:00

Exeter v Ospreys (Sandy Park) 17:15

Clermont v Bordeaux (Stade Marcel-Michelin) 17:15

We will have the odds and SuperBru community picks up on Thursday

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