Friday, February 15, 2013

The grim reality that neither Leinster nor Ireland are the best thing since sliced bread this season...

It’s time to take a break from the humdrum of the 6 Nations, and head for the glittering lights of the RaboDirect Pro 12.  Meanwhile, the grim reality that neither Leinster nor Ireland will be ‘The best thing since sliced bread’ this season is slowly sinking in.  It’s amazing how strong a side Leinster can field without their internationals, in the context of the Pro 12 anyway. Great to see Eoin O’Malley back, he’s had a rough run of injuries, and with a good run he could see himself back in contention for a green jersey as well. It’s ladies night at the RDS, in what should be challenging match against an ever improving Treviso side. It’s not being shown on TV though. Pretty puzzling all round, a lot of people would like to see that match, now you REALLY know you’re not the best thing since sliced bread! I’m going for a good home win anyway.

Ulster should dispose of Zebre with ease, Connacht will have a tough match against the Ospreys, but you wouldn’t bet against tehm winning at home. Finally, Munster, even with their internationals gone – although ROG may be given an opportunity to lose rust – should give the Scarlets  a good tough game. It’s a big chance for youngetrs like Hanrahan, Barnes, Dougall and Stander to show their wares, and up their chances of getting into green one day. I think they’ll win…

RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , February 15
Ulster vs Zebre 
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow 
Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues 
Connacht vs Ospreys 
Saturday , February 16
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso 17:00
Scarlets vs Munster 18:30

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