Magners League Shootout!

25 04 2010

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As we approach the final series of games in a fortnight’s time there are six teams vying for the 4 semi-final places. Results from this weekends games see Edinburgh waste their chance of leaping into the top 4 by their defeat at the hands of Ulster. That result also looks to have ended Connacht’s hopes of qualifying for next seasons Heineken Cup through the Magners League. The table going into the last weekend looks like this:

Pos Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 No change Leinster Leinster 17 12 0 5 322 267 55 23 25 0 2 50
2 No change Ospreys Ospreys 17 10 1 6 342 288 54 32 25 2 3 47
3 Up Glasgow Warriors Warriors 17 10 2 5 353 289 64 27 21 1 1 46
4 Down Munster Munster 17 9 0 8 307 269 38 33 19 3 5 44
5 Up Cardiff Blues Blues 17 9 0 8 336 303 33 32 28 2 2 40
6 Down Edinburgh Edinburgh 16 8 0 8 332 317 15 33 31 3 5 40

The schedule of games for the final weekend has not yet been decided, but we know the fixtures:

Cardiff     v Munster
Leinster  v Edinburgh
Ospreys  v Dragons
Scarlets  v Glasgow
Ulster      v Connacht

The magic number with regards to points to secure a home semi-final is 51. Leinster need one point from their game v Edinburgh. Ospreys host the Dragons at the Liberty stadium, a 4pt win for them would sew up a home semi-final.

Glasgow play second from bottom club Scarlets who showed that they are well able to score try’s putting nine past hapless Connacht earlier today. Munster travel to Cardiff in a straight-shootout for the final Magners League playoff spot.

Before the concluding rounds of the Magners League, Munster and Leinster have the minor matter of Heineken Cup semi-finals next weekend, Their Magners League opponents will all have a rest-week, whether this is an advantage or disadvantage remains to be seen… This new format of the league certainly has added alot more interest and competitiveness that previous seasons have missed at the ‘business-end’ of the season.

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