The 6 Nations is back on this weekend but that won’t stop our domestic fixtures trundling along. Last weekend I got five out of six calls correct but boy was I way off on some of those margins, especially Glasgow scoring eight tries and a total of 60 points on the Dragons… Who saw that coming? This week we’ll see how the teams do without their star players yet again so don’t forget to take that into account when you’re making your bets or SuperBru predictions.
Cardiff Blues vs Connacht
Connacht surprised almost everyone with their well-earned victory over Ospreys last weekend. They are definitely an improving side, but one win in Italy aside they have yet to take their form on the road. Furthermore, they’ve never beaten the Blues in Cardiff. The Blues prevailed in a tough contest away last weekend to Edinburgh and even though their home form isn’t great this season, I’d still back Patchell over Parks to take them to victory.
Prediction: Blues by 11
Glasgow Warriors vs Ulster
This looks to me to be the Pro12 game of the weekend. Ulster saw off Zebre fairly easily last weekend and Glasgow absolutely obliterated the Dragons in the biggest away victory this competition has ever seen. Both these teams easily dispatched teams at the lower end of the table, the question is how will they fair against comparable opposition? Ulster might be top of the table but 2nd place Glasgow’s home advantage might just shade it. Ulster may have lost Paddy Jackson to the 6 Nations this weekend but with Pienaar, Trimble and Olding all on form they should take it, but it’ll be close.
Prediction: Ulster by 3
Ospreys vs Edinburgh
Both these sides lost last weekend and will want to atone for that. Ospreys have the added motivation of having home advantage and wanting to get revenge for their upset in Edinburgh earlier this season. Edinburgh are still in disarray (both on and off the pitch) but came close to a win against the Blues last week. They’ve also opted for a lot of young players for this game which isn’t a bad thing per se, but it could be their undoing. I think the home side takes it here.
Prediction: Ospreys by 15
Leinster vs Llanelli Scarlets
Leinster easily dispatched Treviso last weekend. They’ve clearly got strength in depth in their squad. Scarlets’ win against Munster last week was, in my opinion, very convincing and their recent record away in Ireland is pretty good this season, but I think Leinster will win here and keep their current unbeaten home record intact.
Prediction: Leinster by 15
Benetton Treviso vs Munster
Treviso were handily dealt with by Leinster last weekend but at home they’re a tougher force to contend with. Munster seem rudderless at the moment. It’s tough to call this one, but since Treviso will be missing some key players to international duty I’m going to go with a Munster outfit looking to restore some pride.
Prediction: Munster by 10
Zebre vs Newport Gwent Dragons
As a neutral it’s kind of hard to care too much about this game. Both these teams have had abysmal seasons so far. The Dragons are no doubt still hurting from their hiding by Glasgow last weekend and Zebre are STILL chasing that elusive first ever win. It’s a question of who wants it more. I think the Dragons do.
Prediction: Dragons by 4
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By John O’Brien