Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wins for Leinster, and all the Irish!

Cian Healy

Leinster get to take on Edinburgh on Friday night, with a bit more experience a bit more grunt trickling back into the team. I personally wouldn't have started with Mike McCarthy, but apart from that it looks really good, and when you've got Cian Heay and Josh van der Flier on the bench, you know it's a potent team. Edinburgh have been steadily improving the last few years, but I think Leinster will take this one.

Leinster: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Isa Nacewa (c), 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Rory O'Loughlin

Ulster have the Scarlets, who haven't been setting the world alight so far, and it should be a win for the home team, especially with he return of players like Iain Henderson.

Connacht just have to beat Zebre, it's been a tough start for them this year. In fairness, this time last year the Ospreys and Glasgow would have pout out b teams for them. They'll win, and win good.

Munster have Earls, Murray and Bleyandaal back in the mix, and should get back on the horse against the Dragons

Finally, hard to look past the All Blacks as they take on the Boks, but I reckon Australia are going to be hanging on for dear life against the Pumas.

Guinness Pro12
16 Sep 2016
Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow Warriors
Ulster vs Scarlets
Edinburgh vs Leinster

17 Sep 2016
New Zealand vs South Africa
Australia vs Argentina
Zebre vs Connacht
Newport Gwent Dragons vs Munster
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso

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