The pick of the round must be the game at Musgrave Park on Saturday night, when third place Munster take on fourth placed Glasgow Warriors. Both teams are level in the table on 56 points, defeat for either could leave the way open for fifth placed Ulster, just one point behind on 55, to leapfrog above them and take their place in the top four.
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One more victory – or less other results permitting – will guarantee Leinster a coveted home Play-Off spot, and fellow Heineken Cup semi-finalists, Edinburgh are the opposition the Leinstermen will have to beat on Friday night to claim that.
The other team currently sitting in a home Play-Off spot, Ospreys, face fellow Welsh region, Cardiff Blues who know that should they fail to claim any points in the game it will end their own hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of this season’s RaboDirect PRO12.
The only other team still in with a possibility of reaching the top four, sixth placed Scarlets, face a trip to Italy to play Aironi on Sunday, by which time their chances of climbing the table may become clearer.
With just three rounds of the regular season left, and with just three points separating the teams in second to fifth position, there is still everything to play for in RaboDirect PRO12.