Champions Cup 2020-2021 – 16th round of the Champions Cup: the appearance of rivals of French clubs

Huitièmes de finale de Champions Cup - L'état de forme des adversaires des clubs français

2020-2021 Champions Cup – After a gap of several months, the Champions Cup returns this weekend. Seven French teams invited themselves to the 16th round. Some will have more powerful opponents than others. What will their opponents look like this weekend?

Two Irish finalists in excellent form

Oddly enough, the Pro14 final was played last weekend in early spring. We have been using it for over a year now, turning the epidemic championship calendars upside down. Also, this final pitted the two best Irish teams currently, namely Stainless Leinster And Monster. Starting this Friday, the eighth day, Toulon Will travel to Leinster. Coached team Leo Cullen They won the final (16-6) at the end of a completely dominant championship. Only two defeats and Pro 14’s best attack came first in their conference.

Obviously, we know the strength of the pack worn by players like Jack Conan, Cian Healy, Or Thadg Farlong. Playing Master of the 2018 European Champions Only, Jonathan Sexton, Is in limbo. This is also the case with his replacement, Rose Byrne. In the group stage, Leinster dominated their opponents with victories over Montpellier (14-35) and Northampton (35-19). This challenge will be very high for Rugby Club Tolonaise. This can be very difficult Toulouse Stadium. Failed in the final of Pro14 Monster There is still a very good season.

Men from Johann van Gran They won two of their group matches, against the Harlequins (21-7), followed by Clermont (31-39). In Pro14, Munster finished first in their conference, losing just two games this season like Leinster. Also, it is the best defense in Celtic competition. The team is very competitive as the players are also very fitness. This is the situation Tadg Byrne, CJ Standard Or Keith Earls.

The last two winners of the European Cups are in excellent dynamics

The danger comes not only from Ireland. In fact, two English clubs are looking for a new European title. Already, European Champion, Chiefs ofExtension Desire to win the Champions Cup for the second time in a row. In the group stage, the Chiefs defeated Glasgow early (42-0). But the following week, they suffered a defeat against Stade Toulouse, who was outraged at the time by the team due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. In premiership, men Rob Baxter Still plays important roles. Secondly, they have only five losses this season. Last week they lost to Gloucester, a largely rebuilt team (34-18). No doubt about the reception Leon, Rob Baxter will include several of his stars in the scoresheet. We think of brothers Simmonds, at Henry Slade Or Stuart Hogg.

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By accepting this Sunday, Bordeaux-Begles There is a small advantage over a team in good shape. Currently, Bristol Marching to the English Championship. The leader has lost only twice this season. Also, the bears have not been lost since the beginning of February. When you look at the players on this team, it’s not hard to believe. Kyle Sinclair, Dave Atwood Or Shed for a long time These are the driving forces of the team. The deadly bugleader knows it. of course Rhododendron seeds, Left Gironde in the off-season. Of course, he’s the number one culprit in Bears, and UBB knows it well. For the group matches, the Bears fell to an early start against Claremont (38-51). A performance that will be useful to Bordeaux-Beglays when preparing for the match. Coached players Pat Lam Recovered against Konach (18-27).

More affordable teams

For Racing 92, La Rochelle And Clermont, Things will be a little simpler. However, racing only gets hosting status. On Sunday at Nanter, the Altosoquanis will be welcomed by the ScotsEdinburgh. ‘S players Richard Cockerin It’s a very bad season. With only 5 wins, they set the antipense in Pro14. In the pool, they lost to La Rochelle (8-13) before recovering the sail (15-16). Last week they fell against the Dragons (24-17). This time, however, Cockerel can count on the return of its stars. We will quoteHamish Watson, Jamie Richie, Rory Sutherland Or Duhan van der Merwe

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For Gloucester, This is a very difficult season. The club remains second in the premiership with four small wins. However, their dynamism has been excellent in the last five meetings, including three wins against Exeter (34-18) last weekend. Leon atomized the European Cup Cherry and whites When opening (55-10). Next week, players George Skiwington Charged against Ulster (38-34). La RochelleGoing to Gloucestershire on Friday, they must be wary of the team’s two arrows: Johnny May And Louis Reese-Summit.

On the side Wasps, May seem a little better than season Gloucester. Ninth, men Lee Blacket Find yourself in a complicated situation at the end of winter. There has been only one victory in the last six meetings. There were two wins in the pool: against the Dragons (8-24) and then against Montpellier (33-14). Among the facing players Clermont This Saturday, let’s quote the captain Joe Longbury. Players like all three quarters Polo Odogwa, Matteo Minos Or all blacks Malakai Fekitova Will have to see.

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