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Friday 18 January 2019

Blues now favourites to lift Cup

Leinster and Munster have been installed as the respective favourites for the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups by Ladbrokes Bookmakers, following kind draws for the quarter- and semi-finals yesterday.

Leinster have leapfrogged Northampton and Toulouse to be installed as the new 9/4 favourites to win the Heineken Cup.

Ulster face a tough task as they travel to take on Northampton Saints in the quarter-finals and are now 14/1 outsiders to win the competition for a second time.

Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said: "Leinster have been outstanding in the pool stages which justifies their favourites tag at 9/4 but the Heineken Cup is full of surprises. The Tigers won't roll over in Dublin!

"Ulster's first quarter-final since 1999 is a big challenge but they've shown fantastic form and will put it up to Northampton."

Munster may have crashed out of the Heineken Cup but they are now the 2/1 favourites to win the Amlin Challenge Cup ahead of their quarter-final showdown with Brive.

Heineken Cup Winner 2011

9/4 LEINSTER

7/2 NORTHAMPTON

5/1 TOULOUSE

6/1 LEICESTER

8/1 PERPIGNAN

12/1 BIARRITZ

14/1 ULSTER

14/1 TOULON

Amlin Challenge Cup Winner 2011

2/1 MUNSTER

3/1 CLERMONT AUVERGNE

9/2 STADE FRANCAIS

6/1 HARLEQUINS

8/1 MONTPELLIER

12/1 BRIVE

16/1 WASPS

50/1 LA ROCHELLE

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