Friday, November 28, 2014

Can't wait for Munster/Ulster, and time for Leinster to get serious!

 16 December 2013; Leinster's Jordi Murphy during squad training ahead of their Celtic League 2013/14, Round 10, match against Edinburgh on Friday. Leinster Rugby Squad Training & Press Briefing, Rosemount, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Friday night kicks off with the mouth watering prospect of Munster v Ulster at Thomond.  There is going to be a titanic battle up front! Munster have gone for size, with Stander and Copeland in the backrow, taking on Nick Williams and Roger Wilson.  Super match ups all over the field, and Munster must have the advantage being at home, but the Ulstermen aren’t going to leave anything on the field, so it should be close. Bit of a South African feel to it, with four for Munster, and three for Ulster.

Leinster have to get back on the horse straight away after a forgettable result and performance in Italy last weekend. They have a decent home record – have they lost at the RDS this season? And the Ospreys don’t have their Welsh internationals. But they gave Ulster a really good game last weekend, so Leinster will have to bring their A game. I’m hoping to see some of the returnees, guys like Jordi Murphy, really put their hands up. And Jimmy Gopperth, if he plays, owes us one! We should do it.

Finally Connacht have to keep up their good run of results – the Scarlets are a team they should beat now, going to be  really tough, but they should sneak it.

As far as the internationals go – I think Wales have the best chance, hope I’m wrong but I can see both results going South.

Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster            
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso  
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh           15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys          17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets        19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons      16:00

International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa     
England vs Australia

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