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URC: Round 16 Predictions

With the Six Nations done and dusted, it’s time to strap in for the domestic season finale, with the race for the Top 8 in the URC starting to take shape.

Here are my URC predictions for Round 16.

Zebre v Cardiff

This looks like a good opportunity for the Zebre to open their account for the season, but I’m not brave enough to pick it, so I’m going for a narrow Cardiff victory. Cardiff by 6

Leinster v Stormers

This is actually a really tough pick, given the Irish Grand Slam celebrations that have continued most of this week. The Stormers have brought a strong squad and will be targeting a surprise win in Dublin, but even knowing all of that, I’m still backing the unbeaten Leinster. Leinster by 4

Benetton v Lions

I’m backing a home win here, based on Benetton’s form in front of their own fans, where they have only lost twice this season. Benetton by 7

Ospreys v Dragons

The Dragons seems to be getting worse, and haven’t won a match since October, so I’m picking another home win. Ospreys by 9

Connacht v Edinburgh

Edinburgh only have one win since October, and I can’t see them beating Connacht, who have won 4 in a row, and who haven’t been beaten by a non-Irish team since September. Connacht by 9

Scarlets v Sharks

I’m picking another home win here as Scarlets have been improving, whilst the Sharks are fairly unpredictable. Their away record isn’t too impressive, and I’m going with my gut. Scarlets by 2

Munster v Glasgow

The winner of this will find themselves in 4th place in the table, and home advantage is a big factor. Glasgow haven’t won away at Munster since 2014, and Munster seem to be timing their run to the playoffs pretty well. Munster by 8

Ulster v Bulls

Having lost at home twice in a row, the Bulls are slipping down the table with one win in their last 6, and they need to turn the ship around if they are to stay in the playoff hunt. I don’t think they’ll get anything in Belfast though. Ulster by 11

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The Sharks can do it. I'm going with them for a win as well as Zebre for a win
24 Mar 11:01
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agree with you on Sharks but Zebra ..... 24 Mar 11:13
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Sharks by 15
24 Mar 11:38
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Ulster by 22 and Leinster by 12 Benneton by 10
24 Mar 11:40
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@TheVikingKing, you've gone disturbingly quiet... Where are you hiding?
24 Mar 14:43
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Larry don't think you or I can say much at the moment, with our teams preforming the way they are. 24 Mar 18:29
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Where"s Walley?
24 Mar 15:07
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I give the Stormers the nod by7
24 Mar 18:12
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draw likely ;) 24 Mar 22:06
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The Sharks are fully laden, and I hope it will be a Scarlets win by 20, only because they now boast the Stormers traitors.....maybe 30 + to the Scarlets will make me sleep better
24 Mar 18:15
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@EinsteiN69, Sharks won't let this game slip. Sharks have all their springboks.
25 Mar 05:40
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I hope they do slip, All their Springboks are ours...and all left at the same time, money over loyalty don't go well with me 25 Mar 06:13
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@TheVikingKing, true. Not to be rude, but the Bulls seem as if they have lost interest in winning games. They've lost the spark and Loftus isn't a threat to other teams anymore...
25 Mar 05:42
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Jake White is a HAS BEEN...get them a decent head coach, and you will have FIRE AGAIN, not that I support them, I am a SPRINGBOK / WP / STORMERS SUPPORTER FOR LIFE 25 Mar 06:36
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I stand correct. Bulls and Sharks are in same boat. Nothing to talk about. Bulls 7th on overall log. Sharks 8th.
26 Mar 04:21
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@VikingKing, yes both the Sharks and the Bulls seem to be struggling a bit.... Hopefully all will be sorted out soon.....
29 Mar 13:51
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I'm giving you 6/8 with the Lions and Sharks taking slim wins
31 Mar 12:50