Irish Provinces Find Their Stride As Guinness PRO14 Final Approaches
With three rounds remaining in the regular Guinness PRO14 season, Leinster and Munster look primed to advance into the knock-out stages of the competition. The league has been split in to two conferences of seven teams each for the first time this season, when the top three in each will advance to the final stages.
The two teams who finish top of their respective conferences will earn themselves a home semi-final on the weekend of the 18th-20th of May. The teams who finish in second and third place in the conferences will play an additional game against each other to see who will join the conference winners in the semi-final.
In Conference A, Glasgow Warriors lead the charge after setting an impressive pace in the early part of the season. Munster are in second place, six points ahead of the Toyota Cheetahs, so they will likely have a home play-off game for a semi-final berth.
Leinster lead the way in Conference B and remain favourites to secure the home semi-final in mid-May. Last years champions, the Scarlets, are still chasing Leinster though and will look to usurp them in the final three rounds of matches. Edinburgh, currently in third, look safe to also make the knock-out stages of the competition.
Connacht and Ulster have had a more difficult season on the field with both teams out of contention to progress past the regular season. This year’s arrival of new head coach Kieran Keane will hopefully begin to show dividends from next year as a talented group of young Connacht players come through. Ulster are still in search of a new head coach for next year, once appointed they will be excited by the squad the Ulstermen have assembled and look to compete for league glory next year.
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