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Leinster the only Irish province standing

Frank Quinn

By Frank Quinn

MUNSTER are at home to Sale on Sunday next in Thomond Park but most Irish eyes will be on Leinster who can become the only Irish side to reach the last eight this season if they get a win away to Wasps.
Toulon in Pool 3 have already qualified by winning their Pool.
In Pools 1, 2 and 5 the top two clubs play each other on a winner take all basis
In Pool 4 table toppers Toulose play the fourth team Montpelier (2 pts). If they slip up then the winners of Bath/Glasgow will qualify.
Also in Pool 5 the top two teams are on 19 pts (Racing and Northampton), so the loser has an opportunity to qualify in second place.
By my reckoning there is then only one place left for a second place qualifier. (Pool 3, Leicester Tigers?)
Leinster in Pool 2 are away to Wasps, who demolished Harlequins in the last round while Leinster extinguished Castres’ hopes. Wasps have lost two pool games already including defeat by Leinster in Round 1, but they have made a good recovery in this competition as well as lying third in the Aviva Premiership.
This is a difficult assignment for the Blues but they performed very well against Castres, played with enthusiasm, slick and quick with a bonus point before half time. Leinster know what it takes to win the Champions Cup and this week’s training will be intense. Leinster should start as favourites and win.
The Qualifiers: possible points in brackets, in random order : Toulon (22), Clermont (22), Leinster (22), Toulouse (20), Northampton (23), Racing Metro (19), Bath (19) Leicester/Saracens (17).

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