Its a massive weekend in the Guinness Pro12 season as we are only hours aways from the first of the two semi finals taking place this weekend.
First up its Leinster who welcome Ulster to the RDS. Both sides finished the season strong with Leinster pipping Connacht to the top spot in the league on the last day. One blip in their season run in was a convincing loss to Ulster in game week 21. On the night Ulster won on a scoreline of 30 – 6 so confidence will be high in the camp as the team and supporters descend on the capital.
Leinster topped the league and will be looking to add to their impressive Pro12 record with their sights set on silverware. Leinster on home turf will be confident as since the introduction of play-offs in the 2009-10 season, no away side has ever triumphed, will Ulster be up to the challenge?
Both teams have certain players unavailable which is to be expected at this stage of a long campaign, that said both sides will be lining out strong starting 15s and have a wealth of experience and talent on the bench to call upon before the 80 minutes are up.
The second of the two semi finals is the rematch of Connacht and Glasgow in the Sportsground. The sides faced each other in what was a winner takes all affair in the last round of the league. Connacht won that encounter and in doing so secured the coveted home semi final.
Although losing in the last game, Glasgow will be confident the can reverse the result if they can bring the reach the standards that saw them finish the season so strong.
Connacht are on cloud 9 this season. They have been in the top four all season and thoroughly deserve to be rewarded with a home tie and one game away from a shop at the Pro12 Cup. Connacht were unfancied (by some) to overcome Glasgow two weeks ago, but with the support of their ever faithful crowd and Connacht sticking to the game that has elevated them to the top table in club rugby, Glasgow were turned over and sent the home ending their 9 match winning run in the league.
Both matches are live on TG4 and should be tough, tactical enthralling encounters and we cannot wait. We would like to wish the best of luck to each of our clients Ulster, Leinster and Connacht and their performance analysts. Best case scenario we have two provinces in the final and the Pro12 cup will be returning to Ireland.