Planet Rugby

Tipster: French joy on Sunday

16th October 2009 16:15

Share:

Stade Francais celeb v Edinburgh 2009

On the up: Stade Français

Round One of the 09/10 Heineken Cup certainly threw up shocks, thrills and spills and if you followed our Tipster then that trio of words would have concluded with one high and one low.

Backtracking to last Friday and the bookies had swiftly begun to realise the error in their ways by shifting Toulouse's initial handicap of 14 points up to 19 before -20 on Saturday afternoon. Who knows where it finished by the first whistle?

And with Guy Novès' classy outfit racing into a 36-3 lead against Sale's second string with well under a quarter of the game remaining, we wouldn't have blamed you for raising a smile.

But the exuberance of youth pulled the Sharks back to a 19-point defeat while our 'Worth a shot' saw Ulster get off on the strongest of foots against Bath in their quest to claim Pool Four at what started at 25s.

Round Two all looks rather exciting so let us see if the Tipster can put a smile on your face as Planet Rugby's advice compliments Sky Bet's abundance of European markets!

Banker of the week

Stade Français are on the up after what was a nightmare start to their Top 14 campaign.

Led by the titanic Sergio Parisse in front of Julien Dupuy and Lionel Beauxis, the colourful Parisian machine is now have a strong chance of lifting the Heineken Cup.

Their impressive effort at home to Edinburgh has certainly done their confidence a power of good ahead of this trip to the West Country while Bath on the other hand seem to be desperately needing the return of one of their Butch James, Olly Barkley axis.

Which is why I've gone for Stade Français!

Worth a shot

Much like Round One, I feel it could be another feast on Sunday with Clermont Auvergne and Stade Français visiting the Ospreys and Bath in that order in the schedule.

Sean Holley's side finally found form at Welford Road last weekend but trailed off towards the end to conclude a captivating 32-32 draw, while Clermont picked up all five points in what became a cruise at home to Viadana.

A week on then and the French outfit have recalled Brock James, Napolini Nalaga and Benoît Baby as the Ospreys must do without Lee Byrne, which is why I feel the refreshed visitors will nick what would be a priceless victory on the road.

Get on Clermont to edge out the Ospreys!

Hail Mary

Just the eight teams in our fourth and long this weekend so here we go...

Perpignan, Biarritz, Ulster, Leinster, Sharks, Blue Bulls, Clermont, Stade Français

Anything take your fancy?

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 6
Saracens vs Wasps14:00
Sale vs Bath14:00
Leicester vs Newcastle15:00
London Irish vs Harlequins16:30
Sunday , September 7
London Welsh vs Exeter14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 6
New Zealand vs Argentina08:35
Australia vs South Africa11:05
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
Saturday , September 6
Scarlets vs Ulster14:40
Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons17:00
Glasgow vs Leinster17:15
Sunday , September 7
Zebre vs Cardiff Blues17:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
Saturday , September 6
Brive vs Toulouse14:45
Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris17:00
Lyon vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs La Rochelle18:30
Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
Saturday , September 6
Cheetahs vs Pumas15:00
Sharks vs Griquas17:05
Blue Bulls vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki 41 - 3 Bay Of PlentyTaranaki vs Bay Of Plenty Report
Auckland 16 - 16 TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle 37 - 25 ToulouseLa Rochelle vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais
Castres 30 - 6 BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Report
Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 ToulonRacing Metro Paris vs Toulon Report
Lyon 24 - 6 Brive
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 25 - 36 CheetahsGriquas vs Cheetahs Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 41 LionsEastern Province Kings vs Lions Report
Blue Bulls 18 - 23 Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00