Welcome to the second full round of games Pro14 games this year. Yup that’s how messed up the European season is. We’re into February and most teams have only played 1 game in the Pro14. This is always a difficult part of the season to predict as teams are impacted differently by the international call ups. Obviously this is a time that they South African sides should try to take advantage.
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre Rugby Club – Glasgow Warriors by 15
The opening game is easy to pick. Sure Glasgow have lost players and aren’t as string as they used to be. However both these sides are heavily impacted by the 6 Nations. Looking at the record over the years this always ends in a Glasgow win.
Munster v Kings – Munster by 20
These two sides don’t have the same length of history as the previous two. However the home side has won all the encounters so far (unsurprisingly). Even with Ireland call-ups Munster will be winning this one with a TBP. Also they need a big win to keep the pressure on the Scarlets and Edinburgh in what is a competitive conference.
Leinster v Cheetahs – Leinster by 7
Leinster have won all their games this season. Like Munster they will be heavily impacted by Ireland call-ups. However they knew it was coming and have planned their squad to cope. This is the best opportunity for the Cheetahs as they have all their players and have had two recent games to get match fit against the Kings. Even so I can’t see them winning in Dublin.
Scarlets v Edinburgh – Scarlets by 7
This is a tasty game between the top two sides in Conference B. What’s made it a relatively easy call in the end is that both these two sides have perfect home records. Their away records are 2 wins from 5 games. Clearly home advantage plays a big part for these two.
Ospreys v Ulster – Ulster by 10
Oh boy things just aren’t easy for Ospreys. Not only are they having the season from hell but also they are missing all their good players. Ulster will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and Cheetahs by picking up the TBP win.
Connacht Rugby v Cardiff Blues – Connacht Rugby by 7
Another tasty clash from Conference B with fourth hosting fifth. It’s a cliche but Connacht is a difficult place to go to. The travel isn’t direct and the weather can be really tough in west Ireland. We can see that also with their only losses coming to other Irish sides at home. Blues are going well but this will be a trip too far.
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Dragons v Benetton Treviso – Dragons by 5
A Conference A clash with fifth hosting sixth. OK it’s not at top of the table clash but it’s still an important one for the teams. Last season it would have been an away win pick. This season though Dragons are much improved also they aren’t as impacted by international call-ups as Benetton. You have to say that everything is pointing to a home victory which is an unusual feeling for Dragons fans.
Record So Far
Over all I’m 55 from 70 or 79% right which I’m happy with.
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