RaboDirectPro 12 Weekend Preview

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Updated: April 12, 2012

Highlight of round 20 fixtures must be the squaring off of Munster and Glasgow Warriors who lie in third and fourth place in the table respectively.

The pair are level on 56 points and defeat for either would give Ulster the chance to leapfrog them as the Northern Irish outfit are just one point behind the two in the table.

One more win will seal a home semi-final spot for Leinster, though they might not even need that should other results go their way.  Joe Shmidt’s men face Michael Bradley’s Edinburgh on Friday, who will also provide the opposition in the Heineken Cup semi-final for the defending champions.

Ulster face their second match against Irish opposition in less than a week as they meet up with a Connacht side who will be in confident mood following victory over Dragons.

The other team currently sitting in a home play-off spot, the Ospreys, face fellow Welsh region, the Cardiff Blues, who know that should they fail to claim any points in the game it will end their own hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the league.

With three rounds of fixtures remaining and just three points separating the sides ranked second to fifth in the table, there is everything to play for in the competition.


RaboDirect PRO12 Table
2011-2012 – RaboDirect PRO12

Pos Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 No change Leinster Rugby Leinster Rugby 19 15 1 3 476 287 189 38 24 4 2 68
2 Up Ospreys Ospreys 19 13 1 5 409 302 107 35 21 1 3 58
3 Down Munster Rugby Munster Rugby 19 12 0 7 398 310 88 35 21 4 4 56
4 No change Glasgow Warriors Glasgow Warriors 19 11 4 4 379 275 104 28 19 2 2 56
5 No change Ulster Rugby Ulster Rugby 19 12 0 7 437 346 91 49 32 5 2 55
6 No change Scarlets Scarlets 19 10 1 8 371 310 61 34 23 4 5 51
7 No change Cardiff Blues Cardiff Blues 19 9 0 10 376 385 -9 34 37 4 5 45
8 No change Newport Gwent Dragons Newport Gwent Dragons 19 7 1 11 308 388 -80 21 32 0 3 33
9 No change Benetton Treviso Benetton Treviso 19 6 0 13 357 469 -112 33 47 2 4 30
10 No change Connacht Rugby Connacht Rugby 19 5 1 13 273 372 -99 23 31 0 7 29
11 No change Edinburgh Rugby Edinburgh Rugby 19 5 1 13 384 475 -91 35 48 1 4 27
12 No change Aironi Rugby Aironi Rugby 19 4 0 15 239 488 -249 18 48 1 2 19

RABODIRECT PRO12 – ROUND 20 FIXTURES:

Friday, April 13 -

Newport Gwent Dragons v Benetton Treviso, Rodney Parade, 7.30pm (live S4C)

LEINSTER v Edinburgh, the RDS, 7.45pm (live TG4/BBC ALBA)

Saturday, April 14 -

CONNACHT v ULSTER, the Sportsground, 5.15pm (live TG4/BBC 2 Northern Ireland)

Cardiff Blues v Ospreys, Cardiff City Stadium, 6.30pm (live S4C)

MUNSTER v Glasgow Warriors, Musgrave Park, 7.15pm (live RTÉ Two/BBC ALBA)

Sunday, April 15 -

Aironi Rugby v Scarlets, Stadio Zaffanella, 3.05pm local time (live Rai Sport 2/BBC 2 Wales)

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