Rugby Predictions Game - Week 7 - Operation destroy Dan.

My pet gimp Dan O'Rourke took the guest spot this week, owing to his tweet that he would SMASH us at the predictions game....I try not to let him on the blog otherwise!

So how did he do? After a few good weeks from the guests, can he keep the momentum going??

Let's see....

1- Munster vs Saracens :- David  26- 18 (Munster by 8) – Dan 26 – 21 (Munster by 5) – Rich 26 – 32 (Saracens by 6) Munster 14- Saracens 3 - Munster by 11..... Point to David!

2- NG Dragons vs Newcastle :- David 36 – 18 (Dragons by 18) – Dan 33 – 21 (Dragons by 12) – Rich 40 – 17 (Dragons by 23)  Dragons 26 - Falcons 30 - No-one picked a Falcons win - No points!

3- Ulster vs Toulon :- David 15 – 31 (Toulon by 16) – Dan 12 – 25 (Toulon by 13) – Rich 9 – 25 (Toulon by 16) Ulster 13 - Toulon 23 - Toulon by 10 - Point to Dan

4- Northampton vs Ospreys :- David 26 – 21 (Saints by 5) – Dan 24 – 14 (Saints by 10) – Rich 31 – 17 (Saints by 14) Saints 34 - Ospreys 6 - Saints by 28 - Point to Me

5- Rovigo vs Cardiff  :- David 11 – 39 (Cardiff by 28) – Dan 0 – 47 (Cardiff by 47) – Rich 6 – 35 (Cardiff by 29) Rovigo 18 - Cardiff 33 - Cardiff by 15 - Point to David

6- Oyonnax vs Gloucester :- David 21 – 19 (Oyonnax by 2) – Dan 5 – 40 (Gloucester by 35) – Rich 18 – 22 (Gloucester by 4) Oyonnax 15 - Gloucester 25 - Glaws by 10 - point to Me

7- Bucuresti vs Stade Francais  :- David 12 – 42 (Stade by 30) – Dan   7 – 52 (Stade by 45) – Rich 9 – 25 (Stade by 16) Bucuresti 9 - Stade 16 - Stade by 7 - Point to Me!

8- Clermont vs Sale :- David 26 – 13 (CA by 13) – Dan 27 – 14 (CA by 13) – Rich 35 – 12 (CA by 23) CA 35 - Sale 3 - Clermont by 32 - Point to Me

9- Treviso vs Metro :- David 15 – 35 (Racing by 20) – Dan 5 – 47 (Racing by 42) – Rich 10 – 45 (Racing by 35) Treviso 10 - Metro 26 - Metro by 16 - Point to David

10- Wasps vs Quins:- David 26 – 26 (DRAW) – Dan 12 – 24 (Quins by 12) – Rich 21 – 18 (Wasps by 3) Wasps 16 - Quins 23 - Quins by 7 -Point to Dan

This weeks scores are :-

Rich - 4

David - 3 

Dan - 2

Which makes the current leaderboard:-

Guests – 23

Rich – 20

David – 14

So Dan destroys the good run the guests had been on, and me and David both inch a little closer to the top spot. Didn't quite smash us, did you Dan!!! Now get back in your box.

From my least favourite Tweeter to 2 of my favourites. Mark and Karen of @RugbyCan_ (my #rugbyunited account of the year for 2013) will be the guests this time, after i pressganged them into service for this one! We DO need volunteers if anyone fancies a go! If i get no volunteers, and you're in my email address book, i WILL randomly choose you.

Karen and Mark kindly sent the following introduction!

So your friends in Canada have been asked to front our predictions for this coming weekend's match-ups. We have no problem offering our input though we are certainly going to give a little extra weight in the direction that our Canadian Internationals are playing and proving impactful on the field of play, especially Jeff Hassler with the Ospreys and Jamie Cudmore at Clermont in the hopes they are selected for play. Also.....we know how things have gone in these match-ups historically, but let's face it - the start of the 2014/15 season has been anything but historic or typical. It's hardly been a normal start and has left some of our favourite teams struggling to prove themselves. Add to that the fact that a lot of the best players have been shipped off to England camp, and that there are some pretty high injury numbers, and some of the teams that came so fast out of the gate will be left struggling. Case in point will be Wasps. Captain Haskell has been out a seemingly long duration with a viral infection, including a brief and potentially scary hospital stay. The other noted key player is Launchbury, who is pretty much one of everyone's favourite players at the moment and is in England camp.

So with those caveats in mind, let's look at what we think. Look forward to your responses to our [mildly] educated guesses next to the super intelligent Rich! Overall not too much different from Rich, except for the score gaps and a couple of reversals. He has some super high scores. Not all matches are that exciting, sadly!

This weekends games!

1 - Leinster v Edinburgh -  Rich-  32 - 10 (Leinster by 22) // David-  42 - 13 (Leinster by 29) // Team Canada- 23 - 27 (Edinburgh by 4)
2 - Ospreys v Connacht - Rich- 35 - 17  (Ospreys by 18) // David-  26 - 13 (Ospreys by 13) // Team Canada- 29 - 25 (Ospreys by 4) (Note from Canada - TRYTIME Jeff Hassler!)
3- Barbarians vs Australia - Rich- 25 - 52 (Oz by 27) // David- 31 - 49 (Oz by 18)  // Team Canada- 21 - 32 (Oz by 11)
4- USA vs New Zealand - Rich- 15 - 61 (NZ by 46) // David- 9 - 67 (NZ by 58)  // Team Canada- 6 - 43 (NZ by 37)
5- Exeter vs Gloucester - Rich- 35 - 28 (Chiefs by 7) // David- 26 - 15 (Chiefs by 11)  // Team Canada- 21 - 32 (Glaws by 9)
6- London Irish v Leicester - Rich-  22 - 27 (Tigers by 5) // David-  31 - 21 (Irish by 10)// Team Canada- 19 - 22 (Tigers by 3)
7 - Sale v Wasps - Rich- 15 - 28 (Wasps by 13)  // David-  15 - 26 (Wasps by 11) // Team Canada- 25 - 18 (Sale by 7)
8- Bayonne vs Clermont  - Rich 16 - 40  (CA by 24)  // David- 12 - 49 (CA by 37)  // Team Canada 13-33 (CA by 20
9- Brive vs Castres -  Rich-18 - 31 (Castres by 13) // David- 15 - 26 (Castres by 11) //Team Canada- 11 - 23 (Castres by 12)
10 - Lyon vs Toulouse - Rich- 22 - 40 (Toulouse by 18) // David-  17 - 39 (Toulouse by 22) // Team Canada- 18 - 29 (Toulouse by 11)
Just a quick re-cap on the rules and scoring (With the newly added "O'Rourke rule")
The Rules
Each player will give a predicted scoreline, if they get the score correct, they will get 3 points, if the exact margin is correct,but the score isn’t, 2 points are given and if neither of them two outcomes are right, then the nearest player to the correct scoreline will get a point (in the event of more than 1 player getting any of the scoring criteria, each player will score the points) The O'Rourke rule - All scores must be submitted via email by the deadline set by Rich (so the blog can be posted on a Wednesday) any change to the submitted score will be at Rich and David's discretion.
Peace kittens!!!
RCK