Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Heineken Cup - round 1

The first round of Heineken Cup has finished, and as usual provided a lot of excitement. It seems that once again we will see a tough battle for the European glory. There are usual favorites – Leinster and Stade Toulouse, but other teams will definitely join the battle.

In pool 1 Saracens started their campaign with a big victory over Edinburgh 45:0. In the second game Racing Metro defeated Munster 22:17.

In pool 2 Ospreys got a 38-17 victory over Benetton Treviso and Toulouse eased past Leicester Tigers 23:9.

In pool 3, English champions – Harlequins beat Biarritz 40:13. Elsewhere in the group, Connacht defeated the new boys in the tournament – Zebre 19:10.

In pool 4 Ulster beat Castres 41:17. Undefeated in this season - Northampton Saints fought back from 0:15 to win with Glasgow Warriors 24:15

In pool 5 Exeter Chiefs were very close to getting the scalp of the champions. Leinster survived, and won the game 9:6. French Clermont Auvergne dispatched Scarlets 49:16.

In pool 6, Sale Sharks beat Cardiff Blues 34:33 in a real thriller, which I described in my previous post. Elsewhere in the group, Toulon seemed to be on fire and got a win over Montpellier 37:16.

Big wins from Saracens, Harlequins, Ulster and Toulon make these teams potential title contenders. Other clubs like Northampton Saints or Sale Sharks showed great spirit and came from behind to win their games. There are more exciting fixtures to come this weekend. Who is your favorite to win?