Guinness PRO12 Round 19 Preview
April 7, 2015 12:00 am client
Leinster return to Guinness PRO12 action this Sunday with a trip to face the Dragons at Rodney Parade.
Newport Gwent Dragons have won their last three encounters in all competitions since losing out to Zebre in Parma in the Guinness PRO12 on 1st March. Dragons have won two of their last three contests with Irish provinces with their 26-22 victory over Ulster in round 17 ending a run of five home losses to Irish opponents at Rodney Parade.
Leinster’s only win in their last five Guinness PRO12 fixtures was 29-8 at home to Zebre on 20th February. Leinster’s lasy away win in the PRO12 was the 22-13 victory at Cardiff Blues on the 10th January.
Dragons beat Leinster at the RDS in round 14 and have never before achieved a league double over the Irishmen, however Leinster have won on their last four visits to Newport.
Leaders Glasgow Warriors open this round of Guinness PRO12 action by hosting Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun on Friday evening, whilst fourth placed Ospreys travel to Benetton Treviso the same night. The placings at the top of the table are so tight that should the results go their way, Ospreys could end the evening ahead of Glasgow as there is only four points separating the two teams. Glasgow however have not lost at Scotstoun this campaign, and with the prospect of a home Play-Off on offer, every point will count.
The two teams in second and third place in the table, Ulster and Munster, are in action on Saturday both travelling away to play teams competing for a place in the top tier of next season’s European competition, Connacht and Edinburgh respectively. With points difference being the only way of separating Ulster and Munster from a home Play-Off spot, each game between now and the end of the season will be vital to their ambitions.
The Connacht v Ulster game will also see the HawkEye System in operation again, as part of trials with Sky Sports and World Rugby.