Friday, November 2, 2012

Bent in for Leinster? - and It should be an Irish clean sweep

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Ulster get things underway for Ireland in the Pro 12 with what should be an easy win over Edinburgh, especially with the Scots internationals away. Ulster have it all these days, including depth. They have Ferris , Gilroy and Marshall back from the Irish squad as well.

Munster travel to Wales, expecting some sort of backlash from Cardiff’s hammering in Dublin last weekend.  That’s a strong team Munster have put out. I’m hoping Felix Jones continues his injury free run, and builds up game time. I don’t think he’s ready for Ireland yet, but he’s going in the right direction – he could be an option at full back or wing in the future. With the top Welsh players in cryogenic chambers or whatever in Poland, this should be a good outing for the Munster men.

Connacht have the chance to get back to winning ways against Treviso, as they have a full squad to call on, and Treviso would have lost their Italian internationals. Could be a close one, as Treviso are a pretty decent side these days, but home advantage should see Connacht through.

Finally, Leinster  travel to Wales on Sunday on take on the Ospreys. Ulster have the newly famous Michael Bent to call on at prop, fresh from the Canes,  and utility back Andrew Goodman from Tasman. Dave Kearney and Rhys Ruddock are ready to go, and Jordi Murphy is the man I want to see, he seems to get better every time he plays. As the chief Ospreyalians are having their bits frozen off in Poland, I don’t think there’ll be much cheer for Welsh side this weekend.

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