This weekend was all about qualification security for the provinces, with Leinster ensuring they will see top tier rugby next season and Connacht doing everything in their power to try do the same. For Ulster and Munster however it was all about trying to sway the balance of power in these last two weeks of regular season and in one of the only entertaining games of the weekend both sides did all and more to best each other and the result was as close to enthralling as the Pro 12 has come this season. Continue reading Pro 12 – Nothing In It Between Munster And Ulster
Ironic, given that they are the two Irish sides given the least amount of praise in Europe this season but Ulster and Munster are sitting second and third on the Pro 12 table in this penultimate round of games and look likely to serve up the game of the weekend this Saturday. As Leinster and Connacht take on the Italian underlings, north and south will be clashing to make one last push on who finishes with that all important home semi-final. Continue reading Pro 12 – All Eyes On Ulster And Munster
Finally into the business end of the league now that all Pro 12 teams are out of European contention, the table is looking awfully crowded. Funny that it is given that form would suggest the top 4 teams are as good as qualified but with three weeks remaining it could fall either way. There’s a lot of notions and permutations to rattle through so we’ll do our best to get our heads around them now. Continue reading Pro 12 – Tough At The Top
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New competition, new beginnings and a chance for Munster to reclaim some of their former glory. That is what awaits Anthony Foley’s men on Saturday when they travel to meet Saracens. It is getting tired and it is beyond cliche to say it, but Munster are a backs to the wall team at their finest moments. When all is required and all can be lost, that is when Munster sincerely find their place in European Rugby. There is no better recent example than that exemplary performance against Harlequins in 2013 when Munster were all but written off and came out blazing to send ‘Quins home licking their wounds. Of course, these scenarios don’t always go their way but there seems to just be a little in the air to suggest that won’t be the case this weekend.
Continue reading European Rugby – Munster Face Down Their Biggest Milestone