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Post by Pot Hale on Sat 26 Mar 2016, 2:48 am

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Update:  After Round 21

Well you couldn't ask for a better final round to the regular season.  Every match has got something riding on it, with only two teams - Dragons and Cardiff - not able to benefit from either a play-off spot or a European Cup placing.

Glasgow now sit on top of the heap, displaying their cup-winning form of last season as they've hit the home stretch.  But they can still be overtaken by Connacht lying in second place.  Both sides want a home-semi-final let alone kudos of finishing at the top of the table.  The Sportsground will be rocking next weekend as the men from the west look to have their most successful season ever finish on a high.

Despite having more won more games than any other team in the league so far, Leinster are sitting in 3rd spot having been roundly trounced by Ulster at Ravenhill. 3 points behind Glasgow, the most they can hope for is second spot if Glasgow rule the day.  If Connacht win against Glasgow to gain 4 points and put them on 73, and Leinster get a try bonus point against Treviso, then Leinster will top the table by dint of more games won during the season.

But is a TBP or even a win against Treviso at RDS a foregone conclusion?   Connacht found out to their cost that Treviso are desperate to make the European placings, and now having got ahead of Zebre, want to remain there.   Zebre have a home match against the Dragons who have nothing to play for but pride.   Both teams have just won 4 matches this season, but Dragons have gained 10 LBPs in the course of the season.

Right in the middle of the table lies a double Welsh-Irish battle - with lots at stake for all four teams - Ospreys v Ulster and Munster v Scarlets. A win for Ospreys would put them level with Munster on 58 - although Munster have won 12 games to Ospreys 11.   It would also do their Welsh colleagues in Scarlets a favour who if they win their match could take the last play-off spot from Ulster.   And in turn, if Scarlets beat Munster, then Ospreys could go through into the last European spot, as their points difference would be better than Munster's.   Even if Munster beat Scarlets with a TBP, they can't overtake them in 5th place as Scarlets have two more wins than them currently.

Lastly, Edinburgh will be lying in wait, hoping for Ulster and Scarlets to do the business, and hope they can somehow get a TBP win against Cardiff who were knocked out of the running with their loss to Ospreys at the weekend.   5 points for Edinburgh would put them on 58 points equal to Munster, with 12 wins apiece but Edinburgh with the better points difference.

Think that covers all of the possibilities.   But feel free to add any in.


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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by St John The Enforcer on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 11:06 pm

If Leinster were first and Scarlets were 4th then a Leinster Scarlets final would be impossible.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Munchkin on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 11:16 pm

St John The Enforcer wrote:If Leinster were first and Scarlets were 4th then a Leinster Scarlets final would be impossible.

No, they would meet in the semi. Ist v 4th and 2nd v 3rd.


oh...... you said, "impossible

Doh

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Post by LeinsterFan4life on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 11:56 pm

How are the tickets selling for the final? If they can get over 35k for this without a scotish team in the final, it would be a very big success for the league

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 1:53 am

LeinsterFan4life wrote:How are the tickets selling for the final? If they can get over 35k for this without a scotish team in the final, it would be a very big success for the league

There will be a Scottish team in the final.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Hazel Sapling on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 9:36 am

Sorry 21st but the scrum is the weakness of the team. In the loose and the lineout's the pack is very good. Parity with Ulster (whose scrum I do not rate at the top) and doing well against Leinster (who were missing their first choice if I remember correctly) is not where I measure it. Edinburgh and Racing (first leg) showed what a top scrum is. Connacht should be the test as their scrum has been at that level all season. Against the Scarlets and the Italians, the Glasgow scrum should get at least parity if not more. Part of not having a top tighthead (thanks De Klerk).

I fancy a resurgent Glasgow to make the final after being the first team to win an away semi final especially if the weather and pitch are good.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 8:00 pm

Hazel Sapling wrote:Sorry 21st but the scrum is the weakness of the team. In the loose and the lineout's the pack is very good. Parity with Ulster (whose scrum I do not rate at the top) and doing well against Leinster (who were missing their first choice if I remember correctly) is not where I measure it. Edinburgh and Racing (first leg) showed what a top scrum is. Connacht should be the test as their scrum has been at that level all season. Against the Scarlets and the Italians, the Glasgow scrum should get at least parity if not more. Part of not having a top tighthead (thanks De Klerk).

I fancy a resurgent Glasgow to make the final after being the first team to win an away semi final especially if the weather and pitch are good.

I think a Glasgow v Connacht final could be a great Pro 12 final if both teams stay true to their running/offloading style of game. And you'd get a good few other provincial fans travelling for that one too. I'd certainly go.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by George Carlin on Sat 02 Apr 2016, 7:01 pm

Huge thank you to the Blues for knocking over the Scarlets! Big effort from them.

Ulster taking down Connacht was also very helpful for us.

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Post by jimbopip on Sat 02 Apr 2016, 7:43 pm

It's far to early to go into the pantry and start counting chickens.

But.... Whistle

Glasgow are the team in the top six who are coming into form. Okay the Ladyboys are beginning to look like their old selves too.

I can't see Craggy Island Seconds totally imploding and missing out on the play offs.

So,
Ladyboys
Glasgow,
Craggy Island
Ulster.

Probably in that order.

But even I wouldn't call those semis. Ulster must feel they are due a win at Scotstoun and the Craggy Islanders are good enough to win at the RDS.

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Post by Munchkin on Sat 02 Apr 2016, 8:12 pm

jimbopip wrote:It's far to early to go into the pantry and start counting chickens.

But.... Whistle

Glasgow are the team in the top six who are coming into form. Okay the Ladyboys are beginning to look like their old selves too.

I can't see Craggy Island Seconds totally imploding and missing out on the play offs.

So,
Ladyboys
Glasgow,
Craggy Island
Ulster.

Probably in that order.  

But even I wouldn't call those semis. Ulster must feel they are due a win at Scotstoun and the Craggy Islanders are good enough to win at the RDS.

If only. Think Ulster will lose to Ospreys, and Scarlets will lose to Munster. Leinster will lose to Ulster. Connacht will win all remaining fixtures, including Glasgow.

Connacht

Leinster

Glasgow

Scarlets

Ulster

Munster




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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 02 Apr 2016, 11:02 pm

Updated after Round 19.  It's getting tighter than a wasp's erse.


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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by George Carlin on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 9:55 am

Munchkin wrote:
jimbopip wrote:It's far to early to go into the pantry and start counting chickens.

But.... Whistle

Glasgow are the team in the top six who are coming into form. Okay the Ladyboys are beginning to look like their old selves too.

I can't see Craggy Island Seconds totally imploding and missing out on the play offs.

So,
Ladyboys
Glasgow,
Craggy Island
Ulster.

Probably in that order.  

But even I wouldn't call those semis. Ulster must feel they are due a win at Scotstoun and the Craggy Islanders are good enough to win at the RDS.

If only. Think Ulster will lose to Ospreys, and Scarlets will lose to Munster. Leinster will lose to Ulster. Connacht will win all remaining fixtures, including Glasgow.

Connacht

Leinster

Glasgow

Scarlets

If that's right Munchkin then for the last round, what sort of team Glasgow puts out will depend entirely on how likely they are to get a home semi out of a win. If it's mathematically impossible or extremely unlikely then we might as well play our ladies second XV to avoid injuries before the knock out stage.

Difficult at this juncture to work out whether a trip to the RDS or the Sportsground is more intimidating. I suspect the former. We are used to associating Galway with winning, regardless of how out of date that perception may currently be.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Munchkin on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 1:31 pm

Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by The Great Aukster on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 7:33 pm

Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 7:42 pm

The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?

The extra spot would go to the Irish wouldn't it? That would be good as one of you is likely to miss out due to a spot being reserved for the Italians.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 7:59 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?

The extra spot would go to the Irish wouldn't it? That would be good as one of you is likely to miss out due to a spot being reserved for the Italians.

Guess it would have to be the league as all 4 Irish teams will be in the top 7, so either qualified already or in 7th needing the extra place. If the Dragons win, do they automatically qualify?

If the Dragons and Cinnacht win this coming weekend it would be interesting.

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Post by Munchkin on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 8:16 pm

The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?

I think they would go through automatically, but they're going through now anyway, due to their Pro12 place. If they won it then the qualification would go to the 7th placed team in Pro12.

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Post by IanBru on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 11:06 pm

The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?
If the Dragons win, they will qualify for the Champions Cup. If Connacht win, they having already qualified for the Champions Cup, their spot will go to their league, meaning that the top 7 in the Pro12 (plus the resident Italian punchbag) will qualify. Edinburgh and Cardiff must surely be hoping for that!

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Post by The Great Aukster on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 6:15 pm

Ulster too!

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Munchkin on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 6:26 pm

IanBru wrote:
The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?
If the Dragons win, they will qualify for the Champions Cup. If Connacht win, they having already qualified for the Champions Cup, their spot will go to their league, meaning that the top 7 in the Pro12 (plus the resident Italian punchbag) will qualify. Edinburgh and Cardiff must surely be hoping for that!

No doubt. From reading some of Lam's comments it seems that he really wants to challenge for both the Challenge Cup and a top two place in the league. Personally think Connacht should focus on the league, but the results will tell, one way or another.


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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by BigGee on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 6:45 pm

Munchkin wrote:
IanBru wrote:
The Great Aukster wrote:
Munchkin wrote:Think the only two teams that can beat Glasgow, in the run in, are Scarlets and Connacht. If Glasgow beat Scarlets, then think they will send their strongest to play Connacht, unless Connacht fall to Munster.

It will be tight, but I would give Connacht a slight edge playing at home. A very slight edge. Think it also depends on what team Connacht send over to Grenoble, for the Challenge Cup. They should rest their key players for that game, and focus on the Munster game the following week.

Houl yer horses there Munchkin, if Connacht win the CC do the pr012 get another qualification spot into the champions cup?
If the Dragons win, they will qualify for the Champions Cup. If Connacht win, they having already qualified for the Champions Cup, their spot will go to their league, meaning that the top 7 in the Pro12 (plus the resident Italian punchbag) will qualify. Edinburgh and Cardiff must surely be hoping for that!

No doubt. From reading some of Lam's comments it seems that he really wants to challenge for both the Challenge Cup and a top two place in the league. Personally think Connacht should focus on the league, but the results will tell, one way or another.


There have been a few comments on this subject, but I have to say that it is inconceivable that Connacht won't give it 100% in their cup game. It is massively important to them, as it would be to any side that has come through a qualifying group of six hard games. Once you start being selective about which games you turn up for, then it is a slippery slope into declining standards.

It won't be easy to play on two fronts and yes it may well cost them in the league, but there is absolutely no way that they won't go for it and you just have to applaud them, or any of the other relative minnows who would do the same in their situation. You play to win and if that is in your DNA, it will only benefit you in the longer term,

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Post by Munchkin on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 6:51 pm

No, I applaud smart thinking, and if they don't have the resources to battle on both fronts, that's not smart thinking.

This year is Connachts big chance to reach a Pro12 final, and probably win it, if Glasgow don't make it.

Connacht had to fight hard in the Challenge Cup. They didn't know then what they know now; that they will qualify for next seasons Champions Cup.

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Post by BigGee on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 7:08 pm

How do you think they would feel and how do you think it would look if they put out a B team in a cup quarter final and then got hammered? What would that do to the rest of their season as well and how would any of their fans who made the journey to France feel as well.

They are in the position they are in, still fighting for glory on two fronts. Lets face it, most teams would have bitten your hand off to be in that position at the beginning of the season. They are obliged to see it through and I am sure they will.

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Post by Munchkin on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 7:51 pm

I don't think they should send a B team. Just rest a few key players. I'm sure they will feel fine knowing that a sacrifice may have been required if it gets them to the final.

You acknowledge that 'fighting for glory' on two fronts may cost them a place in the final. How do you think they will feel if they spread themselves thinner than they already are, and miss out on both? No Challenge Cup, and no Pro12 final....

I just don't want Connacht to play into the hands of those challenging a top 2 finish in the league. Realistically, only Glasgow. I would love to be proven wrong, and for Connacht to win all remaining games in both competitions, but I doubt it, due to injuries.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 6:00 pm

So how are the top 8 looking now...

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 6:07 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:So how are the top 8 looking now...

Different.

It's looking likely that Glasgow could possibly finish first. They thrashed a hapless Scarlets side today and should get a 5-pointer against Treviso next week.

Am beginning to wonder if the automatic country placing will operate for both Wales as well as Italy this season, with Scarlets being edged out, albeit they have a game against Dragons they should win.

Edinburgh will be massively up for their game against Munster next week. Munster have to win against Connacht later this evening.

It's a complete dog eat dog finale.


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Post by TJ on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 6:15 pm

If no welsh team is in the top six then thats bad for Edinburgh? IE edinburgh would have to finish 5th to go thru?

so that means Edinburgh need Scarlets to get into the top six and to edge out either Munster or Ulster? Getting ahead of the scarlets won't necessarily help Edinburgh?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 6:19 pm

Blues still think they're in top 6 reckoning as well...

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Post by TJ on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 6:36 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:Blues still think they're in top 6 reckoning as well...

I suppose they could be - its pretty tight 5 pts behind edinburgh and Munster with a game in hand over Edinburgh. Edinburgh currently 6th

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 8:12 pm

Munster on the wrong end of the scoreline at half-time against Connacht. After taking the lead through a great try by Zebo, they've had two yellow cards, and now Connacht are ahead 201-14 with another 8 minutes on one of the yellow cards.

Could Connacht take a five-pointer out of this to be equal on points with Leinster?

Could Munster get themselves a LBP at least to lift them into sixth spot?

Scarlets should be getting 4 points against Dragons. And then a possible winner takes all against Munster in the final round. Although if Munster go into that final match in 6th spot, then they could find themselves winning and still losing their EU spot to Scarlets.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 8:33 pm

201-14, Munster are definitely on the wrong end there. That said, I would like for a team like Connacht (as it's obviously not going to be the Scarlets) to win the league. They didn't rest players last weekend and gave it a good shot, and here they are again playing as well as they have been all season. The league could do with a new 'big gun' and Connacht look as if they fit the bill. It would also be good (for Ireland) to have four strong Irish Provinces playing in the league.

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Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:08 pm

A proper trouncing and the double over Munster - well deserved TBP win for them - 32-14 with a few minutes to go.

Last chance saloon for Munster next week at home against Edinburgh.

Pat Lam for manager of the season??

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Post by wayne on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:14 pm

Pot Hale wrote:

Pat Lam for manager of the season??
Has to be Pot Hale, excellent achievement.

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Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:15 pm

Outstanding win for Connacht after a tough losing European game last week.

A last minute penalty gives them 35-14 to win.

Home semi-final for playoffs nearly guaranteed.

Only blight is a possible injury to Aki who had a fantastic game.

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Post by TJ on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:18 pm

If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup? should beat the blues ( I hope)

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Post by VinceWLB on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:22 pm

TJ wrote:If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup?  should beat the blues ( I hope)

Blues have been in outstanding form of late, i wouldn't bet a penny for an Edinburgh win! And i think Munster will be incredibly hard to beat in a fortnight.

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Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:31 pm

So Leinster, Connacht and Glasgow now definitely confirmed for Champions cup. Ulster nearly there, but they have Leinster next week, who'll be looking to top the league whilst Ulster want to remain in the playoff spots.

Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

Cardiff could still sneak in there with their final three games against lower-ranked competition - Ospreys, Dragons and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh with a win against Munster next week could still keep it in there.

Who needs European rugby? Roll on two weeks time.

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Post by TJ on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:35 pm

VinceWLB wrote:
TJ wrote:If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup?  should beat the blues ( I hope)

Blues have been in outstanding form of late, i wouldn't bet a penny for an Edinburgh win! And i think Munster will be incredibly hard to beat in a fortnight.

Sad

I have to say I wouldn't bet a penny for an edinburgh win - too many soft defeats this season

Ok - lets hope Connacht win the minnows cup then we can go thru in 7th place

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:37 pm

TJ wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:
TJ wrote:If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup?  should beat the blues ( I hope)

Blues have been in outstanding form of late, i wouldn't bet a penny for an Edinburgh win! And i think Munster will be incredibly hard to beat in a fortnight.

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I have to say I wouldn't bet a penny for an edinburgh win - too many soft defeats this season

Ok - lets hope Connacht win the minnows cup then we can go thru in 7th place

Errr........

You weren't watching the quarter-finals last weekend then? Smile

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by wayne on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:38 pm

Pot Hale wrote:So Leinster, Connacht and Glasgow now definitely confirmed for Champions cup.   Ulster nearly there, but they have Leinster next week, who'll be looking to top the league whilst Ulster want to remain in the playoff spots.

Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

Cardiff could still sneak in there with their final three games against lower-ranked competition - Ospreys, Dragons and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh with a win against Munster next week could still keep it in there.

Who needs European rugby?  Roll on two weeks time.
Pot they'll lose to us as they usually do, especially if it is true that AWJ could be back for this game.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:06 pm

wayne wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:So Leinster, Connacht and Glasgow now definitely confirmed for Champions cup.   Ulster nearly there, but they have Leinster next week, who'll be looking to top the league whilst Ulster want to remain in the playoff spots.

Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

Cardiff could still sneak in there with their final three games against lower-ranked competition - Ospreys, Dragons and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh with a win against Munster next week could still keep it in there.

Who needs European rugby?  Roll on two weeks time.
Pot they'll lose to us as they usually do, especially if it is true that AWJ could be back for this game.

Sorry Wayne for my ignorance - who is 'they' and who is 'us'?

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:06 pm

Pot Hale wrote:Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

The Scarlets playoff hopes are now realistically over. So from our point of view I think we are hoping for a win against the Dragons, or the Blues to slip up in one of their remaining games, to secure Europe next season. Otherwise it could end up a real disappointing season, especially given how well it started.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by wayne on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:14 pm

Pot Hale wrote:
wayne wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:So Leinster, Connacht and Glasgow now definitely confirmed for Champions cup.   Ulster nearly there, but they have Leinster next week, who'll be looking to top the league whilst Ulster want to remain in the playoff spots.

Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

Cardiff could still sneak in there with their final three games against lower-ranked competition - Ospreys, Dragons and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh with a win against Munster next week could still keep it in there.

Who needs European rugby?  Roll on two weeks time.
Pot they'll lose to us as they usually do, especially if it is true that AWJ could be back for this game.

Sorry Wayne for my ignorance - who is 'they' and who is 'us'?  
Pot we are the Ospreys and they are the Blues, we meet at the Millenium Stadium on Judgement Day in a fortnight. Are you telling me you don't know who AWJ plays for?

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:16 pm

Pot Hale wrote:
TJ wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:
TJ wrote:If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup?  should beat the blues ( I hope)

Blues have been in outstanding form of late, i wouldn't bet a penny for an Edinburgh win! And i think Munster will be incredibly hard to beat in a fortnight.

Sad

I have to say I wouldn't bet a penny for an edinburgh win - too many soft defeats this season

Ok - lets hope Connacht win the minnows cup then we can go thru in 7th place

Errr........

You weren't watching the quarter-finals last weekend then? Smile

I think he meant the Dragons, who have to beat South Africa B before going on to play and beat what would most likely be Quins in the final...

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Pot Hale on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:24 pm

wayne wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:
wayne wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:So Leinster, Connacht and Glasgow now definitely confirmed for Champions cup.   Ulster nearly there, but they have Leinster next week, who'll be looking to top the league whilst Ulster want to remain in the playoff spots.

Scarlets have been falling slightly, but a likely away win against Dragons next week could move them ahead of Ulster and into the playoffs before their final match against Munster.

Cardiff could still sneak in there with their final three games against lower-ranked competition - Ospreys, Dragons and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh with a win against Munster next week could still keep it in there.

Who needs European rugby?  Roll on two weeks time.
Pot they'll lose to us as they usually do, especially if it is true that AWJ could be back for this game.

Sorry Wayne for my ignorance - who is 'they' and who is 'us'?  
Pot we are the Ospreys and they are the Blues, we meet at the Millenium Stadium on Judgement Day in a fortnight. Are you telling me you don't know who AWJ plays for?

Erm Of course I do....I was just checking to see if you knew.....

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by TJ on Sat 16 Apr 2016, 11:19 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:
TJ wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:
TJ wrote:If Edinburgh beat munster then Edinburgh should be in the euro cup?  should beat the blues ( I hope)

Blues have been in outstanding form of late, i wouldn't bet a penny for an Edinburgh win! And i think Munster will be incredibly hard to beat in a fortnight.

Sad

I have to say I wouldn't bet a penny for an edinburgh win - too many soft defeats this season

Ok - lets hope Connacht win the minnows cup then we can go thru in 7th place

Errr........

You weren't watching the quarter-finals last weekend then? Smile

I think he meant the Dragons, who have to beat South Africa B before going on to play and beat what would most likely be Quins in the final...

I think I am just confused Doh dragons winning wouldn't help Edinburgh as they are not going to be above us in the league. right - so we ( Edinburgh) just need to whoop Munsters ass and then the blues and then we rule the world?

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by brennomac on Sun 17 Apr 2016, 11:19 am

The run in is going to be oh so tight. Right now I see Leinster on 74 pts - 5 pts from Treviso and 1 from the away game v Ulster. Both Coooacht and Glasgow should pick up 5 pts from their Italian games so final game between is a shoot-out for a home SF and despite last nights heroics and playing at home I'd make Glasgow marginal favourites to win with aLBP for the westies. That would put Glasgow on top with 75 with Leinster ahead of Connacht on points difference. Hope I'm wrong though. Think Ulster will hold on to 4th spot so SFs are Glasgow-Ulster and Leinster-Connacht. Also think Scarlets and Munster will hold on to final Euro spots - surely even Munster can't screw up two home matches. But then........

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by TJ on Sun 17 Apr 2016, 12:01 pm

Munster / Edinburgh could effectively be a shoot out for the last euro cup place could it not?

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Notch on Sun 17 Apr 2016, 12:30 pm

I go back and forward on Ulster. Yes, we have some genuine class in the back line but this is the worst pack we've had in years, both in terms of coaching and players. But if we get Herbst and Williams back in the saddle it starts to look much better. Also if McCall starts- inexplicable that he isn't. Henderson looks like a square peg in a round hole in the back row and is still rusty. We need him to find some form too, and move in to lock.

We could just as easily lose both game as win them, but if we beat Leinster I feel confident our momentum will carry us over the line and into the playoffs- but that should be an incredibly tight, hard to predict game. Just hope Williams is fit for it.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by the-goon on Mon 18 Apr 2016, 10:40 am

I think we can agree this has been the most absorbing P12/Rabo/Celtic league ever. Only the Dragons have nothing to play for in the league, but at least they are still in Europe.

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Re: Pro12 run-in to 2016 playoffs and placings

Post by Gibson on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 3:31 am

Leinster v Connacht Final. Meant to be. I'm there.

Think we may get overrun by sexy rugby. How ironic is that? I just love watching them play.

Logic tells us that Glasgow are the strongest team in the competition and on a form-roll. We'll take em out I reckon.

Connacht would be righteous  PRO12 Champions. Be superb for our league and a large  wake-up call for our lazy, backward-thinking, money at all costs, Home Unions.

Open, no-fear, heads-up rugby. Well ahead of  the dire-to-watch, moneyed-up Frogs and English.

I'm an incurable romantic. Shoot me.

Believe.

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