Pride of Place

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A fair number of the Lions squad announced earlier this week will be lining up in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup over the weekend.

Munster v Saracens at the Aviva in Dublin will feature 8 of them, although Connor Murray will be missing because of injury.

Leinster will have 4 Lions against Clermont – another one, Sean O’Brien is out because of a hamstring injury.

If you assumed that Warren Gatland was a neutral (and he probably is) I imagine he will be hoping for a Munster v Clermont final on May 13th in Edinburgh.

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That way around 10 of his squad would be spared at least one game from their schedule leading up to the plane taking off for New Zealand at the end of May.

My own prediction is that he will get half of his wish – I think Clermont in Lyon will just about hold off Leinster on Sunday.

However I have Saracens knocking over Munster, despite the hordes of red shirts that will be at the Aviva tomorrow afternoon.

It will be very close but I believe that Saracens will come out on top by around 10 (points not pm – I don’t think it will go to extra time).

Of course it may well turn out to be an all Irish affair.

That’s called hedging your bets!

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