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The Guinness PRO14 state of play ahead of Round 14

Daniel Barnes

7 Feb 2018

Guinness PRO14, state of play, Round 14

The Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings may have held the torch in mid-January but a full helping of Guinness Pro14 action arrives for the first time in over a month this weekend.

Kicking off with four mouth-watering clashes on Friday night, Round 14 of the 2017-18 Guinness PRO14 will see every team in Conference A and Conference B in action.

Cup competitions may have taken centre stage in recent weeks so to jog your memory, here’s the Guinness PRO14 state of play ahead of Round 14.

Conference A

Fresh from claiming a European Rugby Champions Cup victory over Exeter Chiefs in their last outing, Glasgow Warriors turn their attention back to the Guinness PRO14 looking to maintain their cushion at the top of the standings.

With 12 wins from 13 heading into Round 14, Dave Rennie’s troops travel to Wales to take on the Dragons, holding a 15-point advantage over Munster.

The second-placed Munstermen host Zebre on Saturday night, having bounced back to winning ways with a 39-13 triumph over Connacht in Round 13, while the Cheetahs are third.

They head into their Round 14 visit to the Cardiff Blues having racked up back-to-back derby triumphs over the Southern Kings while the Blues themselves are looking to bounce back to winning ways after two Guinness PRO14 defeats in a row.

Three points separate Connacht and the Ospreys, who meet in a Conference clash at the Sportsground, while Zebre, who are seventh, go looking for their first Guinness Pro14 win in four matches at Munster.

Conference B

Conference B resumes with Scarlets top of the tree by a whisker, just two points ahead of Leinster.

Both teams have qualified for the Champions Cup quarter-finals and the former are one of the final teams in action in Round 14, travelling to Italy to take on Benetton Rugby on Sunday.

Leinster will be aiming to keep the pressure on when they go to Edinburgh Rugby on Friday while Ulster find themselves third in the table.

Jono Gibbes’ men have won one of their last four Guinness PRO14 assignments ahead of their clash with the Southern Kings but are three points ahead of fourth-placed Edinburgh.

The Dragons, in sixth, face the visit of Conference A leaders Glasgow, while the bottom-of-the-table Kings attempt to claim their first victory of the season at the Kingspan Stadium.

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