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Munster favourites to reach PRO14 semi-final away to Leinster

AFTER 147 games only six teams remain in the race to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final on May 26 (see www.ticketmaster.ie) and claim the title as the first champions of Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
It has been another terrific season as the Guinness PRO14 continues to go from strength to strength with attendances up 16 per cent, another new try-scoring record set with a tally of 861 while in European competition teams from the Championship continued to best their rivals from other leagues.
The introduction of the Conference format means that more teams will compete in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series, with six teams involved compared to four in previous seasons. This means more jeopardy and more drama than ever before at the tail-end of the season which is renowned for producing incredible rugby.
Munster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby:
Thomond Park will be a formidable battleground for Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh team who come into this qualifier game against Munster after a superb season. Edinburgh’s 15 wins were matched only by Glasgow Warriors, a tally that also set a new club record for the team from Scotland’s capital.
Sky Sports, TG4 and BBC Alba (KO 15:15) will broadcast the action on Saturday where Munster will be eager to progress for a meeting with Leinster in the Semi-Finals. Johann van Graan’s team lost in last year’s Final to Scarlets and after another season of consistency the men in red will be aiming to go one step further this time around.
Scarlets v Toyota Cheetahs:
This is a mouth-watering pairing and a match-up that could create memories that last for many years to come as the defending champions take on the Cheetahs. Both of these teams have been responsible for the most daring and exciting play in the Guinness PRO14 and now they meet with a Semi-Final trip to Glasgow on the line.
The action will be screened live by S4C and SuperSport (KO 18:35) as Scarlets look to launch their title defence by playing a Final Series game at home for the first time. The Cheetahs have caught the imagination with their off-loading game but they are yet to develop consistent results
away from Bloemfontein. The Scarlets’ continue to be lethal from turnover situations and with their free-flowing play this game promises the perfect elements for an end-to-end spectacle that should showcase the best of the Guinness PRO14.

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