Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Clubs

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Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Clubs
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The Heineken Cup returned with a bang at the weekend, with shocks, slaughters and stirring comebacks across the continent.

Ireland’s provinces took the lion’s share of the plaudits as all four claimed victories, three of them against well-heeled French sides.

The Irish internationals among their ranks largely performed brilliantly, which is exactly the reaction national coach Joe Schmidt would have been looking for following their defeat to New Zealand.

So, taking into account domestic placings and European form, here’s how the top ten stack up.

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