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- Guinness PRO12
- 14th Sep 2013
- KO 18:15
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 16,885
RaboDirect Pro12 preview: Leinster play host to Ospreys while Scarlets face Treviso
- Glasgow shock Ulster late on
- Munster too strong for Zebre
- Leonard secures Edinburgh win
- Patchell inspires Cardiff win
- Davies stars in Scarlets win
- Biggar earns Ospreys draw
Week two of the RaboDirect Pro12 is rounded off on Saturday as defending champions Leinster host Ospreys at the RDS before Treviso travel to the Parc y Scarlets to face Llanelli.
Ospreys travel to the RDS to face defending champions Leinster after both sides got off to a flying start last weekend.
The Leinstermen recorded a ninth successive victory in all competitions at the Parc y Scarlets on Friday as they registered a 42-19 bonus-point victory. New signing Jimmy Gopperth vindicated his switch, scoring 22 points for the Irish side with four conversions, three penalties and a try.
Ospreys opened their account with a 24-19 win against Treviso in Italy as Wales international Dan Biggar scored two drop goals as well as dissecting the posts another three times to take his tally to 14. Ben John and Scott Baldwin both touched down as Steve Tandy's troops silenced the home crowd at the Stadio di Monigo.
Luke Fitzgerald has been named on the Leinster wing for Saturday's RDS clash after shaking off a groin strain which had curtailed his training this week. The forward pack is boosted by the inclusion of wing-forward Kevin McLaughlin and hooker Richardt Strauss while Mike McCarthy makes his home debut and Mike Ross gets his first run out of the season.
Replacements Tyler Ardron and Jeff Hassler could make their Ospreys debuts if they make it off the bench in Ireland while Dan Biggar retains partnership with Teto Tebaldi in the Welsh region's midfield. Eli Walker and Richard Fussell join Ben John in a formidable Ospreys back three as the Welshmen look to end their run of three successive defeats over the water.
Leinster's 37-19 victory over Ospreys at the RDS in round 22 last term ended a four game losing streak to the Welsh outfit.
Elsewhere on Saturday the Parc y Scarlets plays host as Llanelli Scarlets welcome Italian side Treviso to Wales with both sides needing a win after losing their opening fixtures.
The Welshmen beaten by title holders Leinster and Simon Easterby will hope his side can bounce back in style in front of a home crowd. Rob McCusker did manage to cross the line and Steve Shingler added 14 points but ultimately the Scarlets were outclassed by Leinster in week one.
Similarly Treviso were unable to get off to a winning start as they fell five short of Ospreys in Swansea. Alberto di Bernardo took the initiative from the kicking tee for the Italians and Simone Favaro touched down before Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar tipped the balance in the hosts' favour from the tee.
British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies will be given a warm welcome upon his return to the Scarlets bench while the only change to the starting XV sees Wales Under 20s star Jordan Williams replace the injured Kristian Phillips on the wing.
Meanwhile, there are two changes to the Treviso side as Franco Smith looks for his first win of the 2013/14 campaign. Giovanni Maistri has been drafted into the front row at prop while Lorenzo Cittadini takes the number three jersey for the Italian side. Tobias Botes retain his place at scrum-half and Michele Campagnaro continues to partner young centre Luca Morisi in the midfield.
Scarlets have never started their Pro12 campaign with successive defeats but are currently in the midst of a three-match losing streak, stretching back to last season; while Treviso are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats on Welsh soil.RaboDirect Pro 12. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
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