Inter-provincials have added flavour with top-two clashes
The inter-provincials have arrived and what are already intriguing clashes every year have been made that more absorbing when you look at the Guinness PRO14 tables.
All four provinces sit in the top two of their respective conferences with Leinster and Munster first and Connacht and Ulster second.
The holders are the only team with a perfect record while the other three have lost just one game apiece.
Connacht suffered defeat in Round 1 but have four wins back-to-back since, including two strong showings at the Sportsground where they beat Benetton comfortably and managed to halt the progress of Cheetahs who had been flying before their visit to Galway.
Add the returning Bundee Aki and Jack Carty into the mix and Connacht will only improve further.
They were also boosted by news this week of four players signing extensions. Tiernan O'Halloran, Sean O'Brien, Tom Farrell and captain Jarrad Butler all put pen to paper extending their stay on the west coast.
Head coach Andy Friend will be hoping that the positive momentum generated this week will transfer on to the pitch tonight.