Friday, May 5, 2017

Ulster have it all to do against Leinster!

 Ruan Pienaar

The final day of the PRO12 regular season is also derby day - with the pick of the matches obviously Zebre v Treviso to get that well deserved Champions Cup spot and avoid coming last. The winner should rise to the heady heights of tenth!

The other key match this weekend is Ulster v Leinster, as Ulster try to keep their slim hopes of a top four finish alive. They need to beat Leinster with a bonus point and an 70 odd point winning margin, and then hope the Ospreys lose to the Scarlets, and don't get any points. It's not impossible, but the likelihood is that Best, Pienaar and Henderson are out, its slightly unlikely Ulster will score 7-10  tries. They always seem to start well, but when the pressure comes on, they start to unravel. Also, Leinster are in some form, they haven't lost in the PRO12 this year, and have scored 90 tries this season which is PRO 12 record -enough for a bonus point win in every match. Having said that, their defense is a bit porous. I think Leinster will probably win because the momentum is with them.

Munster play Connacht with the Galwegians having nothing to play for, as their season peters out. It should be a bonus point win for Munster.

Saturday 6th May
Dragons 17:15 Cardiff Blues
Glasgow Warriors 17:15 Edinburgh
Munster 17:15 Connacht
Scarlets 17:15 Ospreys
Ulster 17:15 Leinster
Zebre 17:15 Treviso

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