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Heineken Champions Cup: Round 3 Predictions

The Heineken Champions Cup returns for Round 3, which is always crucial as teams jostle for position before the knockout stages.

Here are my Heineken Champions Cup Predictions for Round 3.

Clermont v Leicester

The Tigers won in Clermont last season, but they’ve just lost their Head Coach to England, and I suspect this will be a home win. Clermont by 9

Gloucester v Leinster

You can’t pick against the Dublin side at the moment, and I can’t see Gloucester turning around their 57-0 defeat in the away game before Christmas. Leinster by 13

Sale v Toulouse

This is quite a tough one and a home win isn’t out of the question, but it’s probably sensible to back Toulouse. Toulouse by 7

Sharks v Bordeaux

This should be a fairly comfortable home win for the Sharks against a French side that will have given up after their two defeats so far. Sharks by 23

Munster v Northampton

The Saints might have given up too, and it’s highly unlikely they’ll get anything from this game at Thomond Park. Munster by 19

La Rochelle v Ulster

The French side won at Ravenhill last month, and so you have to back them to win again at their home ground. La Rochelle by 9

Bulls v Exeter

This is a great-looking fixture, with the Chiefs making their first trip to South Africa having beaten the Bulls comfortably at their home ground last month. When the Bulls play at home, they are normally worth backing. Bulls by 6

Ospreys v Montpellier

The Welsh side caused a shock by winning away in France - can they back it up with another win at home? Ospreys by 2

Saracens v Lyon

This is likely to be a one-sided affair with Saracens up against a disinterested travelling French team. Saracens by 28

Castres v Edinburgh

The French side have lost both of their games so far, including to Edinburgh away from home last month. I’m still leaning towards a home win here, however. Castres by 4

London Irish v Stormers

The travelling South Africans ought to win this against one of the bottom-half English sides. Stormers by 9

Racing 92 v Harlequins

Quins won the reverse fixture, but this is a tough trip to Paris and their away form rarely matches their strength at the Stoop. Racing by 11

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There's always a chance of an upset in Pretoria. Maybe more so now that their head coach is out of action for a while. Always a risk picking an upset but can move you up the pool logs. I'm not a Bulls fan and most times will back the opposing team and this could be one of those un expected upsets. Exeter by 8
12 Jan 17:02
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Agreed, Exeter by 5 13 Jan 08:39
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Get ready Gens, Your in for a rugby Master-Class. When will you learn not to bet against the Mighty Bulls at Loftus.

Larry, Larry Larry when will you learn. 14 Jan 06:34
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Bulls by 11.
13 Jan 11:23
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I will always support the opposing team against the Bulls. They lost 3 in a row INCLUDING against the Sharks!!!! Haha. So I. Mudt be doing something right. The "mighty" Bulls aren't as mighty as you might think.
14 Jan 09:52
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Did the Bulls not also beat the Sharks at loftus in the URC???? So that makes it 1 - 1. Nothing to get to excited about mate....
14 Jan 09:58
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Bulls beat Sharks on 30 Oct 2022 and Sharks beat Bulls 31 Dec 2022. That makes it 1 - 1??????
14 Jan 10:04
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True. But Sharks are in a Much better position in the Heineken Cup than the Bulls and the Sharks also have a much better chance at making the round of 16 than any of the other SA teams in the Heineken Cup. I enjoy this friendly banter. Haha
14 Jan 14:18
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Truly happy you take it in the spirit it is meant Larry. I to enjoy our verbal jousting back and forth. ;-) 15 Jan 07:55
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Anytime Mate
15 Jan 17:53
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Will be interesting to see how the last game in the normal round plays out next weekend. All the SA teams have qualified (I stand to be corrected) for the round of 16. The Sharks have qualified regardless (I also stand to be corrected on this statement)
15 Jan 17:55