Finn Russell Matt Williams: Champions Cup awash with sheep, wolves and crass jerseys

Finn Russell These constituents are astonishing!

It appears there are two types of clubs in this seasons Champions Cup. The wolves and the sheep.

You can follow where this is going, can’t you? Yes, the wolves get to eat the sheep. Leinster, Munster and Toulouse are card carrying members of the Champions Cup ‘Wolf Pack Club’.

Against Benetton, Leinster were in total control. Highly organised in their approach and still only in third gear, Leo Cullen’s side clamped their jaws around Benetton’s throat in the opening minute and did not let the pressure off for the entire match.

Leinster’s attacking structure can get a little complicated, but when they get it right, as they do in almost every match, it lights up the arena. They are a lethal try scoring machine. They can score from mauls, close running forwards, cross kicks to wingers, individual brilliance (like Johnny Sexton’s try), counter attack . . . you name it they can score from it.

Finn Russell It would appear that the inspiration for Exeter’s strip came from the regurgitations of overeating beetroot and blueberries. Photograph: Getty Images
It would appear that the inspiration for Exeter’s strip came from the regurgitations of overeating beetroot and blueberries. Photograph: Getty Images

In Swansea, Munster showed signs that they are in the process of positive change. It was a joy to see the excellent counterattack from turnover ball that led to Andrew Conway sprinting away to score.

Stephen Larkham’s imprint was all over their attack. They employed a mature gameplan that patiently wrestled control from an Ospreys team we knew would fight for a good 60 minutes, before taking the bonus point at the death.

Last weekend’s performance away from home is exactly what has been lacking from Munster teams for years. This was a win that can lay the foundations for a strong campaign.

At Gloucester, Joe Simpson scored two long range individual tries against Toulo

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