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Heineken Champions Cup – The road to Stade Vélodrome

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We are in the final sixteen of this season Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup and there are some tasty matches coming up this weekend.

On Friday we start the weekend with two mouthwatering matches.

Leinster has just been crowned as Guinness PRO14 Champions again this past weekend and they will his the first one this weekend agains Toulon.

Always a great match when it is a French side playing, as you never know what you will get on the day from them but Leinster will go into the match a clear favourites.

Leinster won two out the two matches with Toulon only the one against Sale. With COVID causing havoc with the pool stages the teams qualified in the last sixteen according to the two matches played.

Leinster is not just favourites for this one but one of the favourites to win the championship this time around, but as we know anything can happen in knockout rugby.

The match will be live on SuperSport at 18:55 on Friday.

Friday 1 April 2021

The second match on Friday sees Gloucester hosting the French side La Rochelle for their last sixteen clash.

Gloucester have been struggling in the Premiership this season and La Rochelle will see a huge opportunity come Friday to get one over the English club. The French club beaten Bath and Edinburgh in their two matches.

The question now is just, will Gloucester set up on Friday or will their bad form form the English Premiership continue.

This match will be live on SuperSport at 20:55

Saturday 2 April 2021

There are three matches on Saturday with the first between Wasp and Clermont. Wasp have been playing some good rugby of late which should make this quit the entertaining match on Saturday.

Clermont beat Bristol and loss against Munster in their two rounds played with Wasp beaten Montpellier and the Dragons in their two rounds.

The match will be at 13:25 and it will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Munster will surely still be hurting from yet another loss in the PRO14 knockouts against Leinster last weekend, but a new challenge lies ahead for this week at home.

They take on Toulouse in the last sixteen of the Champions Cup and this is going to be a tasty one.

Toulouse beat Ulster and Exeter on their way to the last sixteen with Munster beating Clermont and Harlequins.

This is one of the matches of the weekend so do nit miss out. The game will be live on SuperSport at 15:55

The last match on Saturday sees the current English Premiership champions taking on the French outfit of Lyon.

Exeter beat Glasgow and loss to Toulouse in their two matches but have the added benefit of playing at home on Saturday against Lyon.

Lyon smashed Gloucester and Glasgow in their two matches in the lead. This is set to be another great match to end our Saturday viewing which will be live of SuperSport at 18:25

Sunday 4 April 2021

Another three matches are scheduled for Sunday in the Champions Cup final sixteen.

Sundays games kick-off in France when Racing 92 host Edinburgh at Paris La Defence Arena. Last years finalist will want to do one better this year when they take on Edinburgh.

Racing beaten Connacht and Harlequins in their two matches leading up to the last sixteen while Edinburgh loss against La Rochelle and narrowly beaten Sale Sharks in their two matches.

Racing will be favourites for this one but do not count out Edinburgh who has quality internationals coming back in the side which should make this an interesting contest.

The match will be live on SuperSport at 13:30

Our send game on Sunday is again in France when Bordeaux host the current English Premiership log leaders.

Bordeaux won against Northampton and the Dragons in their two matches before the last sixteen while the Bears beat Connacht and loss against Clermont in their two matches.

The Bears coming into the match on good form not having loss a game in the Premiership in the last seven rounds of matches.

The match will be live on SuperSport at 16:00

For the last match of the weekend we go to Wales where Scarlets will host the Sale Sharks.

Sale Sharks are currently third on the English Premiership log. They had a few hiccups along the way this season but have quality players which will make this a great match to end the weekend matches.

Scarlets had a difficult PRO14 winning 8 and losing 8 in the season but did finish third on the standings at the end of the season.

Scarlets beat Batch and Toulon in their two Champions Cup matches with Sharks loosing to Toulon and Edinburgh in their two matches leading up to the final sixteen.

Everything to play for so expect a cracker. This game will be live on SuperSport at 18:25

There are also Challenge Cup fixtures this weekend:

Friday 2 April 2021

Zebre v Bath 16:00

London Irish v Cardiff Blues 17:30

Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 21:00

Saturday 3 April 2021

Benetton v Agen 16:00

Ospreys v Newcastle 15:00

Dragons v Northampton Saints 17:30

Leicester Tigers v Connacht 20:00

Sunday 4 April 2021

Harlequins v Ulster 20:00

 

 

 

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