Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Pro14 Round 11 Preview

Pro14 Round 11 Preview

Shaun Goosen previews all the Pro14 Round 11 action, which will get underway on Friday, 08 January. 

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Friday 8 January

Leinster v Ulster
RDS Arena

Leinster will look to haul in an unbeaten Ulster side on the Conference A standings when they clash at the RDS Arena on Friday.

Ulster produced a sparkling performance to see off Munster 15-10 in Belfast last week and maintain their invincible start to the domestic season. It doesn’t get any easier for Dan McFarland’s team, though, as they head into the weekend with Leinster welcoming back a number of key players.

Johnny Sexton will captain a much-changed Leinster lineup that includes Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw and Scott Fardy. Having succumbed to Connacht in round 10 – their first Pro14 defeat for two seasons – Leo Cullen’s men will have revenge on their minds.

Verdict: Leinster

Saturday 9 January

Dragons v Ospreys
Rodney Parade

The Dragons can usurp Ospreys on Conference A with a bonus-point win at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

The hosts are four points behind their opponents this week with a game in hand. A big result here could propel them into third ahead of some tough matches to come.

Ospreys earned a fantastic 17-3 win in Cardiff over the Blues last week and will be desperate to back that performance up with another against more native rivals. Their result last week will give them a big confidence booster here.

Verdict: Ospreys

Cardiff Blues v Scarlets
Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff can bounce back from their disappointing loss last week when they take on Scarlets at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

The Blues fell at home to Ospreys in a match that really set back their playoff hopes. They now lie six points adrift of their third-placed opponents this week having played one game more. They are now seriously under the cosh with Edinburgh just four points back and having two fixtures in hand.

Scarlets eased past the Dragons at home last week and are now just a point behind Connacht, albeit having played a game more. They shouldn’t have too much trouble getting one over a Cardiff team that has been found wanting on more than a few occasions this season.

Verdict: Scarlets

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Connacht v Munster 
Galway Greyhound Stadium

Connacht will want to take the momentum from their huge win over Leinster last week into battle against Munster at the Sportsground at Galway on Saturday.

Andy Friend’s charges produced arguably the performance of the season to see off bitter rivals Leinster and claim a first victory in Dublin since September 2002. This week, they face a Munster team who were beaten by Ulster for the first time this campaign last week.

Johann van Graan’s team still top Conference B, eight points ahead of Connacht. They will be eager to extend that lead this weekend and should do so with Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damien de Allende, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander all set to return to the park here.

Verdict: Munster
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