MUNSTER, IRELAND: Our Heineken Cup Six Pack panel of “experts” finally got their egos in check, so we can go ahead and publish their Heineken Cup Picks records from Round 2 of the HEC and their season records.
To refresh your memory, the Six Pack is comprised of West Ghana’s Rugby Rain Man Junoir Blaber, England’s knight of the realm Jamie Loyd, The English East Midlands Machiavellian Rugger Nick Hall, the infamous Ireland National, Declan Yeats, the Irish Born-Castres residing, lean(ish), mean(ish) writing machine, James Harrington and contrived Kiwi Co-Host, Johnathan Wicklow Barberie.
Week 2 was a round that did not go to script and no one was safe from the fallout – there was carnage all over. This round of fixtures contained upsets like Cardiff shocking the world with a decisive victory over Toulon and Ulster storming into Montpellier and walking away with une grande victoire… The entire Six Pack suffered an upset loss, but we’ll wait before we return said sextet to the packaged goods store as damaged.
We have revised the picks spreadsheet with the results of the match-ups and incorrect predictions in red.
JWB: 18-6, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-0. His only real mistake was picking Exeter to go to Glasgow and win, considering the season Gregor Townsend‘s Warriors are having that was a bold call to say the least. He and the rest of the world/staff got the Toulon game wrong, Saracens over Toulouse and the Racing-Scarlets draw ruined loads of weekend predictions. His Pick of the Week of Leicester in Leicester was an easy game was an easy pick.
Blaber: 17-7, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-0. “Junoirdamus” had a okay week. He got the two games wrong, everyone else got wrong. It was his backing of Saracens and Montpellier that cost him as both teams failed to deliver in front of their home fans.
Harrington: 17-7, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-1. The Man living in Castres loyalty was not rewarded this round like it was last round. Outside of that one strange pick his picks feel in line with Mssr. Blaber and he was rewarded with the same loses. In the Pick of the Week, the Top 14 expert picked a side that had been a lock at home in all Top 14 games and like his beloved Castres, they betrayed him. It was a weekend for the french sides.
Hall: 16-8, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-1. Hall picks were a mirror of Blaber’s except he shocked all and sundry by not picking his beloved Leicester. He picked a hard match by picking Leinster but was well rewarded for his bold call.
Yeats: 16-8, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-1. Glory be to the Emerald Isle. Yeats unwavering support of the 4 Irish provinces paid off as they all delivered. No one delivered bigger and shocked more people than Ulster, however forever loyal to Munster, Yeats got the pick of the week right.
Loyd: 15-9, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-0. While Yeats was having a big weekend, Loyd was having the complete opposite. Half of all his picks failed him, which was a big blow. His one shining light was Leicester coming through, but it will be tough for him to bounce back.
That’s it for now… feel free to comment below, look for and “Like” our Facebook Rugby Wrap Up Page and follow us on Twitter @: RugbyWrapUp, Junoir Blaber, DJ Eberle, Nick Hall, James Harrington, Cody Kuxmann and Declan Yeats, respectively.
And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.