Well here we are, back again for another week of Down The Laighin predictions. After a successful week 4 for the Down The Laighin team, we are hoping to reproduce the great teamwork and guesswork to lead our fans to another great week. So far we have had mixed results, going 5/6, 5/6, 2/6 and 6/6 in the opening four weekends. With the first true Irish derby of the year between Leinster and Munster, this is where many fans truly believe the season begins for our Boys in Blue.
We’ll take a quick look at each of the matches and give our collective verdict at the end.
Ospreys -v- Ulster:
Two teams both coming off good wins last week, with the Ospreys having comprehensively beaten Connacht and Ulster having made light work of Treviso. This will be an exciting encounter between two teams who have regularly featured in the Rabo final four. The Ospreys currently share top spot with Glasgow and will be hard to beat at home. Expect an attacking game with some high scores.
Dragons -v- Zebre
This will be a matchup of two teams who tend to regularly languish in the bottom half of the table. Zebre ran Glasgow close last weekend, coming off the back of their first ever Rabo league win. The Dragons are two from two at home so far, with wins over Ulster and the Scarlets this season. It will be interesting to see if Zebre can carry current form into this game, although one would think that they may be exhausted and a trip to Swansea might be a step too far for the Italian team.
Treviso -v- Connacht
This will be a tough game for the team from the West. Connacht have won only one game this season, against Treviso’s compatriots Zebre. Treviso, too, are coming into this weekend with only one win to their name, with their win coming against Munster in week 3 (the week that surprised us all!!!). They are definitely looking like a formidable team this season, and will take a big effort from Connacht to deny the Italians their second win of the season.
Scarlets -v- Glasgow
The Scarlets come into this game with a two from four record. After a week one smashing from our very own Boys In Blue, they got back on track with wins against Treviso and Edinburgh. Glasgow are perennial contenders and have been there or thereabouts for the last few years. They currently share the top spot with Ospreys with four wins from four. They will face tough competition against the Scarlets and this match promises to be entertaining.
Munster -v- Leinster
The first big Irish derby of the season sees Munster pitted against Leinster. This is always one of, if not the biggest, game of the season for these two teams. Munster currently lead the race between the two teams with three wins from four compared to Leinster’s two wins and a draw. These games are always one’s to watch, and expect to see fireworks between the two sets of players. It is always our inclination to say Leinster to win every game, but games in Thomond Park are always tricky and this wont be an easy one for the Boys.
Cardiff -v- Edinburgh
Our final matchup sees Cardiff take on Edinburgh. Both teams have had slow starts to the season, with both having only one win so far this season. It has not been easy for either with Cardiff missing some important players so far, and Edinburgh being their typical selves and not showing great form. It has been some time since Edinburgh have showed any great performances in the last few years, and have been eclipsed by Glasgow as the premier Scottish team. Similarly, Cardiff have fallen behind the Ospreys and will find it rough going against a frustratingly tough (but poor) Edinburgh side.
|Ospreys v Ulster||Ulster||Ospreys||Ospreys||Ospreys||Ospreys|
|Dragons v Zebre||Dragons||Dragons||Dragons||Dragons||Dragons|
|Treviso v Connacht||Connacht||Treviso||Treviso||Treviso||Treviso|
|Scarlets v Glasgow||Glasgow||Glasgow||Glasgow||Glasgow||Glasgow|
|Munster v Leinster||Leinster||Leinster||Leinster||Leinster||Leinster|
|Cardiff v Edinburgh||Cardiff||Cardiff||Edinburgh||Cardiff||Cardiff|
So there you have it, the Down The Laighin predictions for week five of the Rabo Direct Pro 12. Fingers are crossed that we can repeat our six from six success from last week. Keep an eye out for Friday’s update to this post, which will include betting odds once the teams are announced.
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