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Tipster: Pounds made from Halfpenny

23rd October 2009 15:35

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Tipster: Warriors to beat Quins

European and Currie Cup action takes its place on rugby's back burner this weekend with domestic events giving the Tipster plenty to think about.

Our version of 'The Stig' was of course left reeling by that hit-and-miss on October 18 - a successful 'Banker' already having been tinged by the width of a Liberty Stadium post. Brock, we feel your pain.

But the Tipster aside, what a weekend of captivating stuff it was again in both hemispheres!

And so to what is on the immediate agenda...

Britain and Ireland's elite competitions have the makings of another fine round of fixtures and will no doubt be dominated by the derby at Ravenhill, the Exiles against Tigers and the final regular-season games of the Air New Zealand Cup.

It 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 rugby markets!

Banker of the week

It would have been amazing for Harlequins not to avoid a few early Guinness Premiership slip-ups after those unfortunate and unforgettable events of Heineken Cup 2008/09.

And so it has proved as one win from their opening five domestic fixtures is a record that smacks of low self-belief and fluidity at the Twickenham Stoop.

Add to that a few injuries joining the party and an away defeat to Worcester this Saturday now doesn't seem that unlikely.

Discount the form book for a second, which reads: 'Quins have won their last six domestic games against the Warriors since Worcester's 15-9 victory at the Stoop in 2005'...and 'Quins have won the last four times they have visited Sixways'...I believe the hosts will sneak a win.

Get on Worcester to beat Harlequins!

Worth a punt

It should be a cracker in Belfast and one suspects a sold-out Ravenhill will be rocking for the visit of reigning European champions Leinster.

That game is one of two Magners League derby fixtures taking place on Saturday evening local time, but I have decided to pull up at Cardiff City Stadium where the Ospreys arrive for what promises to be a fascinating 80 minutes. International spots are also up for grabs.

I still feel that Wales' top two regions have serious shouts of lifting the Heineken Cup this season - despite the Blues' stuttering start - and I predict Sam Norton-Knight to finally fire his impressive back-line when the crowd wants him to the most.

So have a go on Leigh Halfpenny or Tom James as first try-scorer!

Hail Mary

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

Bath, Northampton, London Irish, Gloucester, Stade Franšais, Toulon, Toulouse, Clermont, Glasgow, Munster, Waikato

Anything take your fancy?

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
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Rugby Championship
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Ulster vs Edinburgh19:35
Zebre vs Ospreys19:35
Saturday , October 4
Leinster vs Munster18:30
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow14:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons16:00
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Top 14
Friday , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
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Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
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Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
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Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton TrevisoNewport Gwent D
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ITM Cup
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
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Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
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Rugby Championship
South Africa 28 - 10 AustraliaSouth Africa vs Australia Report
Argentina 13 - 34 New ZealandArgentina vs New Zealand Report
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Guinness PRO12
Zebre 13 - 6 UlsterZebre vs Ulster Report
Munster 14 - 19 OspreysMunster vs Ospreys Report
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Top 14
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
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Currie Cup
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
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ITM Cup
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
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Guinness PRO12
Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff BluesLeinster vs Cardiff Blues Report
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Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411