Sunday 17 December 2017

Everything on the line for Irish duo

Anthony Foley
Anthony Foley

This is a mouth-watering one as Munster chase the PRO12 title and Connacht chase the lure of automatic qualification for The Champions Cup at Thomond Park tomorrow evening (KO 5.15, Live Sky Sports1).

As it stands, Munster and Ulster lead the Irish challenge, both of them lying four points behind leaders Glasgow. Anthony Foley's men will have the advantage this weekend of knowing what the first two do tonight before they finalise their plan to deal with The Western Province.

The men from the south were on the crest of a wave until they were flipped over by The Ospreys in Round 17 in what has been a turbulent time even for the powerhouse clubs of the PRO12.

Their need is great.

The Six Nations block enabled those closer to the bottom to be more competitive, given how they lost fewer internationals.

It is ten years since Connacht have accumulated four away wins in this competition in one season.

The heart-breaking defeat to Cardiff last time out was a serious blow to their ambitions, especially given their difficult run-in.

They have this to deal with and home tests against Ulster, Glasgow and The Ospreys, all in the hunt for the Top 4 spot, as well as an away one to Zebre.

Connacht still have three precious points to spare over The Scarlets, four over Edinburgh.

It could be argued with strong evidence that their need is even greater.

Verdict: Munster

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