RaboDirect PRO12 2013/2014: Predicted final table

Here’s how we think the RaboDirect will end up looking this season. As boring as it may be, we think the same two teams will finish top of the league (albeit in a different order) and progress to the final, likely with the same outcome.

Further down the table positions seven to ten look very interchangeable, while it is likely to be one from the Scarlets, Munster and the Ospreys for the final play-off spot. Zebre might finally get a win this season after some shrewd recruitment, but we still can’t see them getting off the foot of the table.

Do you agree? Who do you think will end up on top?

Regular Season

7Cardiff Blues

Semi Finals

Leinster v Scarlets: Leinster to win
Ulster v Glasgow: Ulster to win


Leinster v Ulster: Leinster to win

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6 thoughts on “RaboDirect PRO12 2013/2014: Predicted final table

  1. Not convinced. Leinster will struggle to finish top with the loss of Sexton and Nacewa, the extra year for the stalwarts and the amount of key players they will lose to the international set up (and that’s a lot of games with the way player management works in Ireland).

    Ospreys are more likely to finish 4th than Scarlets, who I think flattered to deceive last season. Although don’t discount Munster who will have benefitted a lot from last years transitional season.

    Ulster will probably top the table unless they go on a big HC run. This is the last year for their superb foreigners JM, RP and JA and they should have been home and dry much earlier last year. Also they generally (hooker aside) have great cover for their Irish internationals

  2. I agree and think a bit of Leighway should be given to Munster.

    Realistically, besides player transition, Rob Penney has been trying to implement a rampant expansive brand of rugby, to a province that has made a legacy out of driving their heads deep into the soil and literally tunnelling their way to the try line.

    If he pulls off this new southern brand with some of the new generation players, Munster may well find themselves back in the top 3.

    Also with Sexton and Schmidt gone at Leinster, that pivot crossing flair may not be what it once was, and a consistent playoff position may be doubtful.

    At the same time, it would be wrong to write Ian Madigan off, the ambitious and brave fly half that at given periods of play, tends to imagine he’s wearing a No 6 jersey as he hits the line at pace.

    Necewa is a huge loss as a utility player/leader, during the internationals is when Leinster will miss him most, and cough up vital points to potent opposition.

  3. Glasgow have the experience to go all the way, in my opinion. They were unlucky to lose to Leinster in last years semi-final.

    Leinster will obviously miss Sexton, however Madigan’s got the skills and potential to be Ireland and Lei steed next great fly half. Also, the signing of Kirchner and McCarthy will also help them.

    Ulster dropped towards the end if last season in both the Rabo and Heineken. They do present strength up front with the likes of Ferris, Best, Muller etc. And they have nothing but pace on the wings. Bowe, Gilroy and Trimble are first class wingers. However, Paddy Jackson can crumble under pressure meaning that their backline simply can’t function and they’re pace wasted.

    Welsh and Italien teams will most likel struggle. Ospreys and Scarlets have potential to reach the top 4, but perhaps not the final.

    Going back to Glasgow. They present the greatest threats upfront and outwide. Grant, Kellock, Wilson, Strauss and Vernon are all great players and leaders. Yes the loss of Barclay will be significant, but I believe these forwards can step up to replace his physicality. The backs have serious talent from 9-15. Matawalu was the stand out scrum half last season and can create space for the rest of the teams. Jackson and Weir are great fly halfs I’m the way they can control a game. Dunbar, Lamont, Horne and the new Argentinian centre can all break the gain line and create/score many tries. On the wings they have Maitland a born finisher with kiwi instinct (not too mention a British lion). Seymour and DTH van de Merwe also possess similar talent, with serious pace to burn. Speaking of pace, Hogg at fullback. Hogg has been one of th standout fullbacks in world rugby in the last season. His step and pace not too mention his kicking. Although, his tackling can be poor at times. If so, Murchie can step up who presents better defensive talent

  4. 1. Ulster
    2. Leinster
    3. Munster
    4. Ospreys
    5. Glasgow
    6. Scarlets
    7. Cardiff Blues
    8. Connacht
    9. Dragons
    10. Edinburgh
    11. Treviso
    12. Zebre

    Semi finals
    Ulster v Ospreys: Ulster to win
    Leinster v Munster: Munster to win

    Ulster v Munster: Munster to win

  5. i think it is between ulster and glasgow for first place, munster potentialy third

    1. glasgow
    2. ulster
    9.cardiff blues
    10. connacht
    11. dragons
    12. that shit italian team

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