There should be excitement aplenty in this tournament; the penultimate round of fixtures. The round where dreams of tournament success are further revitalized or cruelly dashed. However, this is the European Rugby Challenge Cup and for the majority of teams, it is an exercise in giving fringe squad players more game time in fixtures for quite a few clubs means little. Sad indictment on where this tournament has gone.
The standout fixtures look to be Connacht Rugby hosting Sale Sharks, ASM Clermont Auvergne looking to inflict further pain on Northampton Saints while Ospreys and Worcester Warriors realizing that the victor of their clash will control the Pool 2 (closest to a pool of death in this tournament). Hawkeye Sidekick steps away from his sick bed to provide his verdicts on these fixtures.