This is a key part of the season that tests the depth of the clubs squads, as they are missing their internationals due to the 6 Nations. This could be an opportunity for the South African sides to pick up a couple of results for example. Also could the Scottish and Italian sides suffer more with only 2 teams in their countries compared to the 4 in Ireland and Wales?
Here is my video with my Pro14 Round 16 Predictions:
Glasgow Warriors v Connacht Rugby – Glasgow Warriors by 5
Glasgow appear to have turned things around since their 3 losses on the bounce. They might only be 1 place above Connacht in Conference A but they are 9 points clear.
Connacht’s only away wins this season have been in South Africa and against Ulster. With Glasgow’s only home loss so far being to Edinburgh you’d think a home victory is on the cards here.
Ospreys v Munster – Munster by 7
Ospreys couldn’t even manage to score a point last weekend against Ulster. I can’t see how they can be as bad again this weekend but they have much tougher opposition. Munster’s away record was poor early in the season but they are on a run of only 1 loss in the last 9 games. So another disappointing weekend for the home fans is in store.
Leinster v Kings – Leinster by 40
I don’t normally go big on my margins but Kings lost to Munster by 43 points last weekend. Leinster are a better side than Munster so it’s going to be another big score.
Benetton Treviso v Dragons – Benetton Treviso by 7
Benetton might provide a lot of players to the Italian national side but they still beat Scarlets last weekend. Also they have not lost a game since last November in the Pro14. You can’t say that for the Dragons. No away victories in the Pro14 all season and I can’t see it happening this weekend either.
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues – Edinburgh by 7
Edinburgh are having a fantastic season, sitting second in Conference B and having make it to the knockout stages of the European Rugby Champions Cup. This is all off the back of their home record where they are 7 wins from 7 games in the Pro14.
Cardiff are also having an improved season but their only away wins have been in Wales. They don’t travel that well and so this has home win written all over it.
Ulster v Zebre Rugby Club – Ulster by 7
Zebre stared the season with some good wins. That is now a distant memory as they have racked up 8 losses on the bounce. I’m probably been a bit too nice to them here, as only 1 of those losses has been by single figures.
Ulster are a side that confuse you, they drew at home to Benetton 2 rounds ago but went away to Ospreys and kept them scoreless! This one though should be an easy home win.
Scarlets v Cheetahs – Scarlets by 3
This one is looking much closer that you’d expect. Scarlets were European Rugby Champions Cup semifinalists last season. Injuries have been a key part of their drop-off though and they have only won 1 of their last 6 games. That was at home to Dragons….
Cheetahs have improved as the season has gone on but their only win outside South Africa was over Zebre. Scarlets should win this one but could be pushed close.
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