The final round of regular season matches take place this weekend, with positions in the Top 8 at stake, as well as qualification for the Heineken Champions Cup.
All the permutations and what is at stake for each side are available as part of the Insights service
, and below are my own picks for this weekend.
Here are my URC
predictions for Round 18.
Stormers v Benetton
I can’t see the Stormers losing this one, and they’ll want some momentum going into the knockout stages. Stormers by 18
Ulster v Edinburgh
The Irish side should seal second place here, and end a season to forget for the Scots. Ulster by 13
Lions v Zebre
There’s nothing at stake in this one, and I suspect Zebre’s 100% record will last to the end of the season. They shipped 78 points to the Bulls last weekend, and this could be another long afternoon. Lions by 23
Dragons v Scarlets
There was some early-season promise for the Dragons, but they have gone downhill to secure 15th place in the table, and this is likely to be another defeat. Scarlets by 9
Bulls v Leinster
I’m picking a home win for the Bulls here to inflict Leinster’s first defeat of the season, and they could avoid finishing 8th in the process. Bulls by 2
Sharks v Munster
I was impressed that Munster managed to win in Cape Town last week but I still fancy the Sharks to nick this one, given they beat Munster 3 weeks ago in the Champions Cup. Sharks by 4
Ospreys v Cardiff
The Ospreys have a strong record against Cardiff, and I’m backing them to win and take the Welsh conference in the process. Ospreys by 7
Glasgow v Connacht
I’ll wait for team news on this one, given that there is little at stake for Glasgow, but Connacht have plenty of motivation for the win. For now it’s a tentative pick for the home team. Glasgow by 4
Not forgetting that this was more like their 3rd team