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We’re back again this week with Round 6 Of The RaboDirect PRO12. The Heineken Cup kicks off next week, making this weekends round of fixtures crunch time for clubs. The mouthwatering clash of the weekend see’s Munster welcome old rivals Leinster to the fortress that is Thomond Park while Ospreys taking on Ulster is also shaping up to be a cracker. The Dragons looks to bounce back from last weeks defeat versus Italian minnows Zebre while Connacht look to notch a win as they travel to Treviso. In the remaining games Scarlets host Glasgow while Cardiff host Scottish LADS Edinburgh.
Ospreys v Ulster
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy is refusing to get carried away with his side’s impressive start to the season, admitting their next
two matches will provide the acid test.
Tandy’s troops are unbeaten in the RaboDirect PRO12 this season, drawing with defending champions Leinster at the RDS and winning their other four matches, including a thumping 43-26 win last time out at Connacht.
Newport Gwent Dragons v Zebre
Rob Sidoli has warned his Newport Gwent Dragons teammates that Zebre are more than capable of upsetting the odds at Rodney Parade on Friday.
side won their first-ever RaboDirect PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues on their last trip to Wales and lock Sidoli believes lightning could strike twice.
Benetton Treviso v Connacht
Connacht head coach Pat Lam insists his young guns are more than ready to step up to the mark after ringing the changes ahead of Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Treviso.
The Italians have lost just one of their last eight games at Stadio Monigo in all competitions: 19-24 to Ospreys on September 7.
Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby has called on his troops to make home advantage count against Glasgow Warriors this weekend – and for the remainder of the RaboDirect PRO12 season.
The Welsh region started the campaign with a 42-19 loss to Leinster at the Parc y Scarlets but recovered somewhat in their next
home clash against Treviso when they picked up a 26-10 victory.
Prediction: Scarlets Win
Munster v Leinster
coach Rob Penney has every faith in Ian Keatley as his fly-half as his side prepare for their inter-provincial clash with a Leinster side denied the services of Brian O’Driscoll in the RaboDirect PRO12 this Saturday.
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh Rugby
Gethin Jenkins will start his first game for Cardiff Blues since his return from Toulon, with director of rugby Phil Davies looking for his side to continue
building momentum against this weekend’s RaboDirect PRO12 opponents Edinburgh.