ROUND 1 of the Heineken Cup is here and we thought we would chuck out our predictions for the games and see if you agree with us.
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Connacht v Saracens
Our prediction: Sarries have too much firepower, despite Connacht giving a brave account of themselves. Saracens by 14.
Ulster v Leicester Tigers
Our prediction: This match-up never fades away into a boring non-event, does it? Well, we reckon that Ulster at home at the start of the Heineken is just too hot for Leicester this time. Ulster by 7.
Toulouse v Zebre
Our prediction: This is going to be a tanking, we’re afraid. Toulouse by 21.
Edinburgh v Munster
Our prediction: Things aren’t going well for Edinburgh and the promise of a game against former winners Munster will not help those players who have only known months of losing. Munster by 12.
Treviso v Montpellier
Our prediction: A game against Treviso in Treviso tends to be stickier than a one year old’s high chair, but Montpellier can just squeak this one. Montpellier by 3.
Harlequins v Llanelli Scarlets
Our prediction: Straight in, no flirting: Harlequins should be able to muscle past Llanelli. Harlequins by 10.
Castres v Northampton Saints
Our prediction: More of a bold call here as Castres are struggling in the Top 14 while Saints look strong in the Premiership but hey, upsets happen all the time and Castres are no dummies having won the Top 14 last season. Castres by 8.
Ospreys v Leinster
Our prediction: Another upset here, as Leinster’s bogey team string together some punishing phases to win, we reckon. Ospreys by 5.
Gloucester v Perpignan
Our prediction: Gloucester have looked incomplete thus far this season and one week isn’t enough time to come back from an Exeter thumping and round on a Perpignan side doing fairly well in their league. Perpignan by 6.
Exeter Chiefs v Cardiff Blues
Our prediction: Meanwhile Exeter roll on, welcoming an unpredictable Cardiff to the safe haven of Sandy Park where everything always seems to close in tight. Exeter by 9.
Toulon v Glasgow Warriors
Our prediction: OK, so Glasgow are not the mugs many are expecting to turn up to the south of France, but Toulon have more expensive playthings than a bored WAG. Toulon by 11.
Racing Metro v Clermont Auvergne
Our prediction: In Project Racing versus ever-strong Clermont there is a lot to entice the passing fan, but surely this, of all years, must be Clermont’s year? Clermont by 7.
A load of old tosh? Prove us wrong here.