As we head into the final week of the Heineken Cup Pool stages its clear among punters the French teams are favourites for the trophy itself.
Holders Leinster are up against it this weekend needing five points from their game at Exeter and other results to go their way. Boylesports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, have them priced at 6/5 to make it through to the quarter-finals. They are 8/11 not to qualify
Munster’s chances of qualifying rely solely on them beating Racing Metro at Thomond Park on Sunday so Boylesports, even without out-half Ronan O’Gara, have them price at 1/5 to make it to the knock-out stages.
For the outright winners both Clermont Auvergne and Toulon are joint favourites at 9/4, followed by RaboDirectPRO12 leaders Ulster at 6/1 and in-form English side Harlequins at 8/1.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports, commented:
“It is a key weekend in the Heineken Cup and Leinster, winners for the last two years and three of the last four, are struggling to stay in the competition. If not by them then Ireland will still be represented by Ulster and, possibly, Munster, but there is no doubt that French sides are all the rage to win the competition for the first time since Toulouse triumphed in 2010.