RaboDirect PRO12 Round 19 Previews: Connacht, Ulster, Munster, Leinster, Glasgow Warriors, Newport Gwent Dragons, Benetton Treviso, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Aironi: Includes 12 Page Preview

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The top of the table clash between Munster and Leinster must be the pick of this weekend’s Rabodirect PRO12 Round 19 games. Having lost their impressive unbeaten run to Ospreys last week, Leinster will want to avoid a second defeat that could cut their lead at the top of the table and potentially affect their top seeding. Munster will not only be looking for the win to close in on the leaders, but more importantly to secure the second home Play-Off spot they hold at present.
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Third placed Ospreys, lying in wait for Munster to make a slip up that could see the Welsh Region claim the home Play-Off spot for themselves, will also have to be careful the teams coming up behind do not knock them out of the top four altogether. Just 3 points separate third to sixth placed teams and all of them are scrambling to make the Play-Offs.

Fourth placed Glasgow Warriors welcome seventh placed Cardiff Blues who, already six points adrift of their opponents, must fear that a heavy defeat could all but end their hopes of reaching the Play-Offs this season . Warriors currently hold a Play-Off spot courtesy of a one point advantage over Ulster and Scarlets, any slip up on Friday night could see them out of the top four altogether with both their challengers facing opposition from the lower half of the table.

With every game until the end of the season is now a “must win” scenario for almost half of the teams in the RaboDirect PRO12, we are in for a nail-biting finale.

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