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Saturday 21 October 2017

Ulster bidding to disarm Warriors

It comes as little or no surprise that Sky Sports wanted to pick this one up as a showpiece fixture for the PRO12 League, even at this early stage.

Ulster are not too far off the pace at the top with three wins, one draw and one loss to show for their work, with the likable and well-regarded Neil Doak just confirmed as their head coach.

Verdict: Ulster

Munster v The Scarlets

Thomond Park, Tonight 7.35 (Live TG4)

The click-clack of the turnstiles at Thomond tonight will tell a lot about the state of the game in the province.

Anthony Foley's men took one giant step last Saturday by winning away to Leinster for the first time in six years. They have to keep moving.

Verdict: Munster

Munster: F Jones (capt); G van den Heever, A Smith, I Dineen, S Zebo; JJ Hanrahan, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, K O'Byrne, BJ Botha, D Foley, B Holland, P O'Mahony, T O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

The Scarlets: L Williams; H Robinson, G Owen, S Williams, K Phillips; R Priestland, A Davies; P John, K Myhill, R Jones, J Ball, J Snyman, A Shingler. J Barclay, R Pitman.

Benetton Treviso v Connacht

Stadio Monigo, Friday 7.0

Former Kilkenny College loose-head Shane Delahunt will make his transition to hooker complete when he starts for the first time for Connacht this evening.

The Academy 20-year-old is part of an entirely new front row with Denis Buckley and Rodney Ah You with Eoin McKeon coming into the back row.

Verdict: Connacht

Treviso: J Hayward; L Nitoglia, L Morisi, E Bacchin, M Campagnaro; S Christie, E Gori; M Zanusso, D Giazzon, R Harden, M Fuser, C van Zyl, S Favaro, A Zanni, M Luamanu.

Connacht: D Leader; N Adeolokun, R Henshaw, C Ronaldson, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion; D Buckley, S Delahunt, R Ah You, M Kearney, Q Roux, J Muldoon (capt), E McKeon, G Naoupu.

Plymouth Albion v Leinster A

Brickfields, Tomorrow 3.0

The champions and two-time winners will begin the defence of this realm on the south coast of England.

The problem for Leinster is that they were shown up for a lack of experience against Munster at Donnybrook last Saturday, where coach Girvan Dempsey paid the price for putting out a very young side against the visitors.

Verdict: Leinster

Ulster v Glasgow Warriors

Kingspan Stadium, Tomorrow Live Sky Sports (5.05)

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