Vodacom Bulls have chance at shock Champions Cup upset

Vodacom Bulls have chance at shock Champions Cup upset

Monty Ioane of Lyon during the Investec Champions Cup match between Bulls and Lyon at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on April 6, 2024 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag Sports/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

And then there were eight. The Investec Champions Cup round of 16 threw up a couple of incredible ties as those with hopes of lifting club rugby’s most prestigious trophy were tested to the nines.

So with four tantalising quarter-final ties ahead of us here are my predictions for the quarter-finals, as well my outside tip for an away win.

Saturday show

Bordeaux vs Harlequins

Bordeaux last week made a very, very good Saracens side look pretty average as they backed up their performance against the Londoners in January with a second hammering. 

Their reward is the capital’s other Premiership outfit Harlequins but Marcus Smith and Co are unlikely to pose too much of a threat to the French club.

The Top 14 side boast both domestic and overseas internationals and have the closest thing possible to true telepathy underpinning their squad – it’s almost as if they know exactly how each other will shift and move.

I cannot see past a Bordeaux win here.

Average Saracens?
Leinster vs La Rochelle

What an exciting modern classic this fixture is turning into; rugby’s equivalent of Manchester City versus Real Madrid.

These sides have contested the last two finals with La Rochelle coming out on

…. to be continued
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