Thursday 19 September 2019

The permutations of the final week ... will Munster succeed?

Johann van graan
Johann van graan

John O'Sullivan

Tomorrow's clash at home to provincial rivals Connacht not only offers Munster the opportunity to complete a double over their neighbours, but a victory - coupled with results elsewhere going their way - could see Johann van Graan and his charges qualify for a home PRO14 semi-final.

Glasgow host Edinburgh in the all-Scottish affair at Scotstoun, knowing that a win will secure them a home semi-final.

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With three points separating Glasgow and Munster, the onus is on Munster to chase a bonus-point victory to give themselves every chance.

In the event that Munster and Glasgow finish on level points, then the team that has won the most regular-season games will finish top. As things stand, both Glasgow and Munster have won 15 regular-season games. If that fails to separate the teams, points difference will be the deciding factor, which Munster currently hold a 34-point advantage in.

Should Munster finish in second place, they will play Benetton, Edinburgh or Scarlets in a home quarter-final. Should they win their quarter-final, Van Graan's men will play an away semi-final against Leinster.

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