LONDON, ENGLAND – We won’t have the next Heineken Cup round December 7th, but we’ve still got some things to go over. As always, we need to hold our Expert Panel to task and sum up their Heineken Cup picks. But first let’s take a look at one player that stood out, helping his squad snatch a hard-fought victory that many thought would end differently…
Antonie Claassen, the #8 for Castres, was all over the pitch. For us, Claassen was relentless as his squad to a won in a dogfight with the Northampton Saints – to the chagrin of 3/4’s of our Expert Panel. His presence and try with Northampton’s Brian Mujati in the Sin Bin were too much for the Englishmen to overcome. Plus, he’s got great hair. So, he’s our Heineken Of The Day winner. We’re drinking them now as a tribute.
Okay… Now on to our Expert Panel and the results of their Heineken Cup Picks!
Just to review, the Panel is comprised of West Ghana’s Rugby Rain Man Junoir Blaber, Ireland’s quick-witted fly-half (that’s redundant) Kevin Fegan, the infamous Ireland National, Declan Yeats, who was pinch-hitting for feisty French #8 Pyk O’Kallapfer and contrived Kiwi Johnathan Wicklow Barberie. They all must pick the winners of each match and a Pick Of The Week, for which they must also provide the margin of victory.
This chart below shows how they fared. You’ll see that the Rugby Rain Man, Junoir Blaber, fell from the perfect ranks with two blemishes – three if you count his Pick Of The Week – while Kevin Fegan and JWB had but one loss each. Declan Yeats, who phoned in his picks from his farm and who always bets on the Irish squads, had a rough day.
NOTE: Fegan is perfect with his Pick Of The Week prognostications, which are the real money-makers and help atone for his abysmal Round 1 showing.
Please feel free to flog us or our choices with your comments below…
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