Saturday 1 October 2016

Plenty of twists left in greatest Pro12 season

David Wallace

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Jordan Coughlin goes through his paces. Photo: Sportsfile
Jordan Coughlin goes through his paces. Photo: Sportsfile

This is definitely the most competitive Pro12 season ever and with Connacht continuing to win, it has added another team to the mix around the top, writes David Wallace.

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Munster finished second after the 22 matches last term and went on to contest the final, which they lost, but 2014-15 didn't have the same quality about it.

Connacht and Edinburgh were way off in seventh and eighth, while sixth-placed Scarlets finished on 57 points - they already have 44 points with eight game remaining this term.

With the qualification system for the Champions Cup, teams have ramped it up in the last couple of seasons, this year especially.

Zebre's 52-0 hammering at Leinster last weekend isn't the best example, but the next day Treviso defeated Cardiff. And Zebre are still just four points behind Dragons in the table.

Towards the top it's remarkable to see reigning champions Glasgow in eighth, and four-time winners Ospreys in seventh.

Only the top six qualify directly for Europe, and Munster are right on the cusp there. But there will be more twists and turns before this fantastic season finishes yet.

Irish Independent

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