Friday, October 25, 2013

Meanwhile, back in the PRO12...

Craig Clarke (picture

There’s a whole lot of matches tonight on Friday, and then Leinster and Connacht will round things off tomorrow in the Pro 12. There’s some good matches, starting with Ulster v Cardiff Blues which should be a great match after good results for both of them last weekend. I’m interested to see how Stuart Olding goes at fullback – I haven’t really seen him put a foot wrong, although I think his best place for Ulster and Ireland is probably at centre. It’ll be great to see Cardiff playing with their tails up, but Ulster should take this at home.

Glasgow v Munster is probably the match of the weekend. The Pro 12 gives Rob Penney a chance to start JJ Hanrahan, Andrew Conway and CJ Stander, in what is a strong looking team. You wouldn’t bet against Glasgow at home anymore though.

Leinster and Connacht go head to head on Saturday, in a match where Connacht have had some pretty good results in the last few years. I believe Zane Kirchener may get his first run out, and I’m hoping that Ian Madigan gets an opportunity to start and sharpen his skills. For Connacht, I’m looking forward to seeing how Craig Clarke shapes up against in theory better quality opposition. Leinster should get this one.

RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , October 25
Zebre vs Scarlets 
Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons 
Ulster vs Cardiff Blues 
Glasgow vs Munster 
Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso 
Saturday , October 26
Leinster vs Connacht 18:45

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