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Pool stages have proven the Champions Cup is in desperate need of a kiss of life

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Europe’s top clubs have played too many games with nothing riding on them in the last couple of seasons, which has diminished the Champions Cup

Europe’s top clubs have played too many games with nothing riding on them in the last couple of seasons, which has diminished the Champions Cup

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Europe’s top clubs have played too many games with nothing riding on them in the last couple of seasons, which has diminished the Champions Cup

Lest we elevate Harlequins’ win over Castres on Friday to the level of the moon landing, the Kennedy assassination or Roswell — let’s be clear, there was nothing untoward about the odd endgame at the Twickenham Stoop other than plain old bad officiating.

An unchecked pass that looked suspiciously forward, a missed turnover under the posts and an overturning of a no-try decision on the basis of evidence that looked inconclusive at best, European rugby’s perennially poor travellers had every right to feel aggrieved over a memorable away day triumph denied to them.


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