LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 8 October 2009 43 POOL ONE TREVISO MUNSTER NORTHAMPTON PERPIGNAN WINTICKETS TOWATCH HARLEQUINS CLASHWITH TOULOUSE ATTHESTOOP EXCITEMENT is growing as the second round of the Heineken Cups 15th Season kicks off next weekend and the action promises to be fast-paced and spectacular in Pool 5 as the Harlequins take on Stade Toulouse at the Twickenham Stoop, kick-off 6pm on Saturday, 17 October. You could be there, thanks to official title sponsors, Heineken, who have supported the competition since its inception in 1995. The game promises to be as hard-hitting and exciting as ever, with both teams wanting to be one step closer to Heineken Cup glory. The Heineken Cup is the premier club competition in the world and we have teamed up with Heineken to offer a pair of red-hot tickets to this must-see Heineken Cup clash. To be in with a chance to win, simply answer this question What year did the Heineken Cup begin? Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at sport. win@thelondonlite.co.uk and leave the same details (please specify Harlequins in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. HEINEKEN CUP: THE GROUPS, THE PLAYERS, THE VERDICTS POOL TWO BIARRITZ GLASGOW GLOUCESTER NEWPORT DRAGONS POOL THREE CLERMONT AUVERGNE LEICESTER OSPREYS VIADANA POOL FOUR BATH EDINBURGH STADE FRANCAIS ULSTER POOL FIVE CARDIFF HARLEQUINS SALE TOULOUSE CARDIFF CRACKER Dafydd James holds the Heineken Cup record with 29 tries so far. If the Blues are to have any chance of emerging from the pool stages again this season, they need a few more where those came from. TOULOUSE TITAN Toulouses Maxime Medard (pictured) has a girls name and great sideburns. Perhaps of more consequence in Heineken Cup terms, over the summer he scored the try that sealed Frances first victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand since 1994. VERDICT We at LiteSport readily accept our role as Londons cheerleaders but if Harlequins get through this lot, it will be little short of a miracle. Without a salary cap, Toulouse have created a side incapable of failing. POOL SIX BRIVE LEINSTER LONDON IRISH LLANELLI SCARLETS BRIVE BRAVE Anybody who remembers Englands 2003 World Cup win remembers hooker Steve Thompson (pictured). He overcame supposedly career-ending back problems and is now part of the Brive revival, with gusto. LEINSTER LION The reigning champions have so many great players, its hard to choose. But for once lets ignore Brian ODriscoll and go for Leo Cullen, who captains the side despite the presence of the big name Lions stars like ODriscoll and Gordon DArcy. VERDICT Brive have recruited five English players -- Andy Goode, Steve Thompson, Shaun Perry and Jamie Noon plus the injured Riki Flutey -- but Leinster are too good. London Irish? Not this year. Captain marvels: Harry Ellis, Mike Blair, Will Skinner, Tom Willis, Ryan Jones, Dean Schofield, Bob Casey, Paul Tito, Alastair Kellock, Gareth Delve, Mark Jones, Butch James and Dylan Hartley with the Trophy during the Heineken Cup Launch at the Madejski Stadium first victory against the despite the presence of RENAULTS latest signing Robert Kubica will look to snooker genius Ronnie OSullivan for inspiration in an attempt to reach the Formula One summit next season. The 24-year-old Polish driver spent four highly successful years with BMW Sauber and had five teams chasing his services before plumping for the troubled French manufacturer. After pushing Lewis Hamilton for the majority of last season, Kubica has drifted into obscurity this time around and has only one podium finish to his credit heading into the final two races of the current campaign. His move to Renault should ensure he is back among the points next year and will attempt to follow OSullivans quest for perfection as a template for success. I like OSullivan because hes the best and no other reason really, he added. Its a bit like growing up and liking Michael Schumacher because he won everything. OSullivan is the same. Kubicas decision to join Renault in the wake of the crashgate scandal, which brought about the departure of Flavio Briatore, raised some eyebrows, and Kubica admits he did have second thoughts about joining. When asked if the joint exit had made him think of a move elsewhere, he said: Yes and no. Losing two key people in a team is a big thing as, for sure, it will have an influence on the teams future and how it works. But theyve reacted quickly, sorted out the problems and they are doing the best job they can. All I want to do is to be able to focus 100 per cent on what I love, which is driving, and thats not been possible. There is a lot of politics. Its not good for the sport, not good for me and not good for the fans -- but this is the reality. Ive never known it like this and its difficult to know how damaging its been but this has been one of the worst years for politics. DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1. JENSONBUTTON(GB)BRAWN 85PTS 2. RUBENSBARRICHELLO(BRZ)BRAWN 71 3. SEBASTIANVETTEL(GER)REDBULL 69 4. MARKWEBBER(AUS)REDBULL 51.5 5. KIMIRAIKKONEN(FIN)FERRARI 45 6. LEWISHAMILTON(GB)MCLAREN 43 7. NICOROSBERG(GER)WILLIAMS 34.5 8. JARNOTRULLI(ITA)TOYOTA 30.5 9. FERNANDOALONSO(SP)RENAULT 26 10.TIMOGLOCK(GER)TOYOTA 24 CONSTRUCTORS 1.BRAWN-MERCEDES 156PTS 2.REDBULL-RENAULT 120.5 3.FERRARI 67 4.MCLAREN-MERCEDES 65 5.TOYOTA 54.5 GRANDS PRIX TO GO 18OCT:BRAZIL,SAOPAULO 1NOV:ABUDHABI,YASMARINA Rocket Ronnie is the role model for Kubica BY JAMES GOLDMAN Potty: Kubica is a fan of Ronnie OSullivan index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html