Tag: Antonie Claassen

Top 14 Final Preview: It Seems The Brennus Is Toulon’s To Lose… Initially, at least


CASTRES, FRANCE – And so, the almost but not quite entirely unpredictable Top 14 season is one match away from the end. After 186 matches, in which 7,296 points were scored – courtesy of 1,095 penalties and 591 tries, 449 of which were converted – the destiny of the Brennus rests on the outcome of […]

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Top 14 Semi-Finals Review: Go on Then, Who Called That Right?


CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulon and Castres will face off in Paris at the end of the month for the Brennus after a Top 14 semi-final weekend in Lille that began with a whimper and ended with a full-throated tension-releasing roar. The whimper came on Friday night. At the same time as Northampton were edging a […]

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Top 14 Preview: All For One In Battle Of Paris

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Two matches bestride this weekend’s Top 14 fixtures like the legs of a rugby colossus – the Paris derby between Stade Francais and Racing Metro, and Toulouse’s trip to the Mediterranean coast of south-east France, where Toulon lie in wait. With the end of the Top 14 season nigh, and European action […]

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Top 14 Review: Clermont win at home… as predicted


CASTRES, FRANCE – Like astrology, rugby punditry – certainly Top 14 rugby punditry – can be so much crystal ball-gazing. Unlike astrology, rugby punditry is, at least a little, based on facts, figures and, when all else fails, almost-reasonable assumption. It’s reasonable to predict, for example, that Clermont will win at Marcel Michelin, and that […]

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Heineken Cup News, Expert Panel Results & Antonie Claassen


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 […]

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