Heineken Cup: Irish Provinces Seek Further Dominance


Treviso v Ulster

Treviso head into this game fearing an Ulster side who beat them 48-0 last time out. The Italian side won’t want a repeat of that fixture and they will keep the scores a lot closer this time. However it would be hard to see Ulster lose, especially the way that they play the game and their distribution of the possession is quite remarkable. Ulster’s Luke Marshall was exceptional last weekend and if Ulster play like that again, they will be a real force in this Heineken Cup.

Verdict: Ulster

Perpignan v Munster

Munster won’t have the same luxury in overcoming the French side as they did last weekend (36-8) due mainly to injuries on the French side. Munster have impressed but will most certainly face a different side this time around. Munster will be hoping they can repeat their dominance through the maul and scrums to put Perpignan on the back foot. It would be hard to know how this game will go this weekend but Munster will still be good enough to come away with a win.

Verdict: Munster

Leinster v Northampton

Leinster will be quite confident heading into this game following their impressive display over Northampton last weekend  (40-7) where they really outplayed and outclassed the English giants. Luke Fitzgerald is becoming a key player on this team and his ability to finish good moves and to score tries gives Leinster a strong position to progress over Northampton. Leinster wouldn’t be the same without the influential figure of Brian O’Driscoll who was their main orchestrator last weekend.

Verdict: Leinster

Connacht v Toulouse

Connacht were very impressive last weekend and should have won the game by more points (16-14) but they did well to close out the game in the final moments. Toulouse will want revenge and they have players that can score tries more easily. Connacht’s use of possession and their offloading reaped rewards last weekend and I’m sure Pat Lam will be delighted with the victory. Dan Parks has helped Connacht to improve and orchestrates their movement and his awareness of the things around him helps the players perform better however it won’t be enough this time around.

Verdict: Toulouse

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