As the end of the regular season fast approaches, it’s all change yet again at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table, with all five of the top teams swapping places following last weekend’s results, and with just four rounds left the scramble is on for a coveted Play-Off spot.
There are some tantalising games in store over the Easter weekend, from the Welsh double header at the Millennium Stadium to the interprovincial clash between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS.
The push for the Play-Offs kicks-off on Friday night, when second placed Glasgow Warriors welcome Munster to Scotstoun Stadium. A win at this stage is crucial for Munster who themselves are still chasing a top four finish; however Warriors have the prospect of a home Play-Off to encourage them.
The two Welsh Regions that are neck and neck for the fourth Play-Off spot are in action at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, but not against each other. Scarlets are first up on the double header bill when they take on Newport Gent Dragons, whilst Ospreys follow on with their game against Cardiff Blues. There is more that pride at stake in these two fixtures, Ospreys and Scarlets have been swapping fourth and fifth spot in the table since round 13 and are currently only separated by points difference, so every point is critical in their final push for the Play-Offs.
Long time leaders Ulster, who have now dropped to third, are not in action until the last game of the round on Saturday evening, but that game is against the current table-toppers Leinster. With just one point separating the two teams, victory for either side has the added bonus of denying the other, who are one of their main challengers for a home draw, the match points.
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