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Apr 2019
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What You Need To Know About The Champions Cup Semi-Finals

by Christine in Features, Gambling Tips, News category

If you’re a rugby fan already, or even if you just have ears, chances are you know that the Rugby Union Champions Cup Semi-Finals are on this weekend.

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But before you place any wagers, or actually before you make any plans for this weekend at all, take a look at our guide to the Champions Cup Semi-Finals.

Then you’ll be better equipped to bet smarter and you’ll know the fun that lies ahead of us all this weekend…

What are the Champions Cup Semi-Finals on this weekend?

There are two matches on this weekend, each with a knockout format. That means that one team from each match will go on to play the final.

  • On Saturday, 20 April, Saracens are taking on Munster Rugby at 15:00 IST in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England
  • Sunday, 21 April, Leinster Rugby are playing Toulouse at 15:15 IST in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in Ireland

Are Saracens or Munster a stronger team?

The last time Saracens and Munster met in the Champions Cup Semi-Finals was in 2017, when Saracens comfortably won with a 26-10 final score at the Aviva Stadium in Ireland.

Having said that, Munster have triumphed against Saracens in semi-finals the past and the subsequently gone on to take the trophy.

Both teams are no stranger to the competition’s semi-finals. Munster are in it for the 14th time, a record in the Champions Cup, while Saracens have featured six times in the last seven seasons.

This season, Saracens have got the most points and tries per game than any other. Meanwhile, hardworking Munster have got more meters and breaks per match than any other team.

Both teams have a player who have played the maximum minutes this season. For Saracens, Alex Goode holds that privilege, while CJ Stander has it for Munster.

Other standout players on the teams include Jamie George who has hit an impressive 80 out of 85 line throws. And on the Munster side, Tadhg Beirne is the player who has made the most turnovers.

If we were to put money on this, we’d say that Saracens have a better chance of triumphing in this match. However impressive the stamina of Munster, they’d have to work pretty hard to put the Saracens team off their game.

How do Leinster compare to Toulouse?

This is both Leinster and Toulouse’s eleventh time reaching the Champions Cup Semi-Finals, so they’re both old hands at this stage of the tournament.

For the third time in this year’s Champions Cup, Leinster find themselves up against Toulouse. This is an especially nerve-wracking time for Toulouse, who haven’t seen a Champions Cup Semi-Final game since 2011. And what makes that even worse is during that match eight years ago, it was Leinster who ejected them from the running for the top trophy.

James Ryan from Leinster has been busy in the season so far, impressing all with his 27 tackles against fellow Irish team Ulster in the quarter-finals. Another star player on Leinster’s expected line-up is Sean Cronin, who is the seasons joint top scorer with six under his belt so far.

However, Antoine Dupont from Toulouse isn’t too far behind his Leinster rival with five points to his name this season.

Another standout Leinster player we’ve got to mention is Johnny Sexton, a household name to anyone who’s into rugby. He’s got 650 tournament points in total and this season has a 94% success rate with his kicks.

And no matter what way the match goes, it’ll be celebrations for Devin Toner of Leinster if he’s selected, as it will be his 70th appearance in the Aviva.

Toulouse’s Cheslin Kolbe is trouncing defenders all over the shop this season, putting fear into the hearts by beating 45 in the last seven matches.

Another formidable stat the French side have on their team is a 100% success rate for winning scrums on their own feed this season.

Despite some genuinely impressive Toulouse side, we’d put our money on Leinster triumphing in this match. It’s not impossible for Toulouse to outsmart Leinster, but we feel that at this stage the Irish side are looking a lot stronger.

When is the final taking place?

The lads on the rugby teams get a little Champions Cup breather after the semi-finals. They don’t have to dive into the big match until Saturday, 11 May. The final kicks off at 17:00 IST and will be played at St James’ Park, Newcastle.