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Heineken Cup – Scramble For The Quarter Finals

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So it’s here, the final weekend of the 2014 Heineken Cup pools stages, Brian O’Driscoll’s final European bow in the RDS, and who knows what other finals this could wind up being as the European rugby situation still sits in utter turmoil. But enough of that, for now there’s a serious amount of permutations and predictions to get through.
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Leinster And Ulster Fight To The Final – Rabo Round Up

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©M+MD. Heaslip is back in flying form

Nobody said it would be easy, and Glasgow certainly made sure the script played out as such. But so it is we now have Leinster and Ulster for the second year in a row fighting head to head for silverware. Both teams have absolutely earned their places, the bloodied face of Jamie Heaslip after Saturday’s game a testament to that, but both Scarlets and Glasgow did show exact why they had the opportunity in their respective performances packed with muscle and determination.
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Heineken/Amlin Cup Semi Finals Preview

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©FearlessFred. Munster will need another inspired performance like this one against Quins

Here we go, prepare to have your nerves shot. Three Irish teams started the European challenge this season with reasonable hopes and chances of making it to this stage. In the wonderful and funny fashion of the Heineken Cup we find that only one succeeded, whilst two relatively misfired. The eyes of all rugby fans now fall on Munster as they travel to do the impossible and take on Clermont, the sole consolation being that they are not travelling to the cauldron that is Stade Marcel Michelin. Leinster have the arguably easier task of tackling Biarritz at home but let’s see how Munster’s chances stack up first.
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Ulster Take Command Of The Table As Munster Put In Another Scare – Rabo Round Up

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©M+MD. Connacht have two games left to finish on a high

Is this the new Munster? Flounder about in the league, put fans nerves through a blender ahead of crunch games? Maybe so, and hell if it’s working why change it? Once again they have churned out a lacklustre performance ahead of a crucial Heineken Cup game whilst their top tier allies Ulster and Leinster showed up massively. But it’s the southerners who are “still in the game” so to speak, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
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Elwood’s Final Inter Pro As Connacht And Ulster Collide – Rabo Preview

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The unfortunate nature of the Rabo and the diversity of the teams means that weekends like this sometimes come around. Leinster take on Zebre in a match that somewhat reeks of inevitability given the thumping the Ospreys dished ton the Italians last week and Munster, now out of contention, are only sending three of last week’s team to take on Dragons in a game that won’t do much more than warm up the replacements for next week. Yet there is one mouth watering fixture of sorts, a serious chance for a scalp and a game that could adversely effect Ulster’s play off standing as they travel to take on Connacht.
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Leinster Travel To Take On An Invigorated Munster – Rabo Preview

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Time and time again it’s mentioned, religiously by yours truly, but there is just something that bit extra special about Leinster taking on Munster, an event that is only heightened by the home fixture for Munster given the impenetrable nature of Thomond Park. It takes a serious slug through the books before you get to the days of Munster regularly handing out losses to Leinster, the Donnybrook army have had a near 100 percent success rate against their rivals since 2009.
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Ulster’s Heineken Cup Dream Ends Whilst Mighty Munster Return

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It really is a funny old competition the Heineken Cup. A few months back, Ulster and Harlequins were shoe ins as the top four teams in the tournament, Ulster unbeaten, Quins as good as. Yet here we are with the Quarter Finals played, both teams knocked out in comprehensive losses. In the meantime Leinster showed the Heineken Cup what it is missing in their stunning win over Wasps, in what certainly ranks as one of the best games of the weekend from a spectators perspective.

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