It’s a bit ironic that the Challenge Cup final is an all French affair. For so many years we’ve said that this is a competition that the French teams don’t value. It’s has so often taken a backseat the Top 14 and seen 3rd string squads put out for away games.
Here is my video with my European Rugby Challenge Cup Final Predictions:
Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle – Clermont Auvergne by 7
I’ll be honest there is only 1 team in this for me. Clermont have won every game in the Challenge cup so far. Only twice the winning margins have been kept below 20 points. Also in the Top 14 they are flying high in 2nd place 12 points clear of 3rd place. With 2 games to go they won’t have to ration their considerable resources for this game at all.
La Rochelle are also having a really good season only dropping 1 game in the Challenge cup. That was a surprise 10 points home loss to Bristol. In the Top 14 they are also going well in 4th place and heading for the playoffs. The problem though is that there are only 5 points separating them from 7th with 2 games to go. So they could still miss out in the Top 14. Does that mean a couple of players might be rested???
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