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PRO14 Preview: Round 11

06/01/2021

The Guinness PRO14 completes its three-week stint between European breaks with six more matches this weekend, including two re-arranged games from Round 9.

The highlight perhaps comes on Friday night when Leinster try to get back on the horse after stumbling at home to Connacht last weekend against an unbeaten Ulster, while Munster and Connacht meet in a second Irish derby on Saturday.

Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby meet in the second 1872 Cup clash in six days in a game that was initially postponed, while Benetton and Zebre also complete their re-arranged game from two weeks ago.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Dragons meet Ospreys and Cardiff Blues face Scarlets in a pair of Welsh derbies.

Dragons v Ospreys – Match Preview

The first Welsh derby of Round 11 comes from Newport, where Dragons and Ospreys do battle at Rodney Parade.

Dragons, who have not won at home since seeing off Zebre in October, have lost their last two derbies to Cardiff Blues and Scarlets but have not lost three in succession since November 2019.

Ospreys, in contrast, have lost just one of their last five matches and that came against Scarlets in Round 9 by only two points.

They beat the Blues 17-3 on New Year’s Day to snap a six-game winless streak against fellow Welsh regions but they have lost each of their last three visits to Rodney Parade – including to Cardiff Blues in August.

Location:

Rodney Parade, Newport | KO 17:15 UK |

Where to watch:

Live on Premier Sports 1, pro14.tv

Officials:

Referee: Dan Jones (WRU, 32nd competition game); Assistant Referees: Adam Jones, Gareth John (both WRU); TMO: Ian Davies (WRU)

Overall Guinness PRO14 head to head record:

Played 34, Dragons won 11, Ospreys won 22 with 1 game drawn.

Did you know?

  • Dragons have lost their last two Guinness PRO14 matches to Blues and Scarlets but have not lost three in succession since November 2019.
  • Dragons have not been victorious at Rodney Parade since beating Zebre there in October.
  • Ospreys Rugby’s only defeat in their last five first team fixtures was 14-16 at Scarlets in Round 9 of the Guinness PRO14.
  • Ospreys 17-3 victory over the Blues on New Year’s Day ended a six-game winless run against fellow Welsh regions.
  • The last five encounters between the two regions have been evenly split with two wins apiece in addition to a 20-all draw in August.
  • Ospreys have lost on their last three visits to Rodney Parade including a defeat there to Cardiff Blues on 30 August.
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