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Nail-biting week-end for Munster in Pro 12

WITH five games remaining in this season’s Guinness Pro 12 League, Munster face their biggest challenge since they first came to European prominence in season 1998/1999. They need to, at least, finish in sixth place should Connacht, Leinster and Ulster finish ahead of them. The current table, with each team (apart from Glasgow and Zebre) playing 17 of the 22 fixtures, sees Connacht, Leinster, Scarlets and Ulster occupy the top four and the games over the next two week-ends provide very interesting reading.
To-morrow night Munster will be seeking a bonus point win over Zebre in Thomond Park while Connacht and Leinster meet in Galway. With Connacht 12 points ahead of Munster and Leinster 11 points in front, the result of this game will not affect the Reds’ prospects. Ulster have a tricky away game against Glasgow and that is the key game as far as Anthony Foley and his team are concerned.
A bonus point win for Munster ( giving them 52 pts) and a win for Ulster (55 pts) or a win for Glasgow (52 pts and a game in hand) would change the battleground for this exciting run-in.
The winner of the Connacht and Leinster game will top the table but whatever the result in the Showgrounds, the stakes will be raised for the Leinster v Munster derby at the Aviva Stadium on 2 April, a fixture expected to attract close on 40,00 paying customers.
In Wales, for Ospreys to maintain a challenge for top tier European qualification next season they must overcome their opponents Scarlets on Saturday. With Cardiff Blues hosting Benetton Treviso this round, as well a win for both home sides, could set up a tense finale to the end of the season.
The game at the Liberty Stadium sets off a run of six Welsh derby games in a row culminating in the crunch fixture at the Principality Stadium on 30 April, for which over 40,000 tickets have already been sold.
With just 25 possible league points remaining on offer for most teams, there certainly are no “easy games” left in the Guinness PRO12 this season as the players raise the bar in a final push to remain in with a chance to lift the silverware on 28 May.

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