European squabbles will end... eventually
WITH three of the English 'big four' losing their opening Heineken Cup games at the weekend, it only adds fuel to the argument that Pro 12 teams have it easier in Europe.
Leicester went down at Ulster and Harlequins were beaten at home by the Scarlets, while Northampton lost to Castres.
The fourth member of the English quartet, Saracens, scraped past Connacht by a score in a tight game in Ireland.
Whatever you say about the ongoing wrangle over the competition, we all know it will still exist in some form next season and beyond.
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The grandstanding we are currently seeing played out in the press will all be sorted out in the end.
When it boils down to it, there is too much money on the line for there not to be a top European competition involving all entrants, but the current qualification system probably does need tweaking a little bit.
Saying all this, the fifth and sixth English teams in the competition, namely Gloucester and Exeter, both won their fixtures.
The Chiefs dished out a delicious first-half spanking of the Lions-laden Cardiff Blues on Sunday.
We will all continue to follow how the argument develops, but in the end you have to expect common sense to prevail.