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WEEKEND CHAMPIONS CUP & PRO12 PREVIEW

The festive fixtures have been completed in the Pro12 and the league table looks fairly different. The Scarlets remain top, however they experienced defeat twice over the festive period and are nervously looking over their shoulder. 

Hot on their heels are Leinster who won two from two, beating provincial rivals Connacht and Munster. These results see Leinster move up to second position one point behind the Scarlets.

Ulster and Munster each had one win and one loss during christmas, while Connacht’s great run has come to a sudden halt as they went down twice at the hands of Ulster and Leinster.

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Connacht fought hard in their two narrow defeats and Pat Lam is looking for them to become more clinical in their play.

Arguably this is an ideal time to face the league leaders as they are on a run of 4 straight defeats in all competitions and a win for Connacht would put great pressure on their title rivals.

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Leinster this weekend are faced with the task of taking on The Ospreys in Swansea. The Ospreys started the season poorly but now with their world cup players back and reintegrated into the side they have hit some good form. Leinster too are on a rich vain of form with six wins from six in the league. A run that saw them overtake Connacht in the table and beat the current league leaders The Scarlets. Leinster will be hoping to increase the pressure on The Scarlets this weekend with a win in Wales. 

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Away from the Pro12 Ulster and Munster are in Champions Cup action. Both teams original fixtures were postponed in the wake of the Paris attacks in November. 

Having lost out to Munster last weekend Les Kiss expressed his frustration and detailed how they would address this with a few good trainings and “good honest videos sessions” to put things right. 

Ulster take on competition debutants Oyonnax this Sunday who are rooted to the bottom of the pool on 1 point.  After two great victories over Toulouse in the last two rounds, Ulster will be looking for another win to keep the pressure on pool leaders Saracens.  Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 11.48.01

Munster’s task is slightly harder as they travel to the French capital to take on Stade Francais seeking a bonus point win. Furthermore they will then have to win the rest of their pool fixtures to have any hope of qualifying for the quarter finals. Although it is a lot to ask Munster will be more than confident heading to Paris after a battling win away to in form side Ulster last weekend. A further boost is the return of Conor Murray and Keith Earls who are fit and in the starting line up.

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Best of luck to each of our Performance Analysis clients involved and their Analysts.

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