Powerful Blues seem to be well clear of pack
Leinster are ahead of the pack right now, but Munster, Ulster and Connacht are all in a dog fight to be the next best province.
The few inter-pro derbies we have been treated to over the Christmas holidays have all been intriguing encounters with their own variety of sub-plots.
But what has emerged is a Leinster organisation that means business in 2018. Based on the squad they have, they can nearly pick three international back and front-rows.
They have cover all over the place and have backs coming out of their ears. The Connacht game was the first time we saw the real power of James Lowe too.
You can see the potential Leinster saw when they signed him from the Chiefs, and Leinster are a step ahead of the other three provinces overall.
I'm sure Les Kiss is breathing a huge sigh of relief up in Belfast this week. At 17-0 down against Munster he probably thought his job was done. That turnaround will bail him out, but I can't understand why Ulster are struggling so much this season.
When you look at the squad they have, the schools and clubs structure, they have a brilliant stadium that is already paid off, but they aren't at it just yet this season.
Munster were unlucky during the inter-pros but they will be back and Connacht are right there too.
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