URC Round 12 Preview


Another exciting round of action lies ahead in the United Rugby Championship with the competition's leading six teams all in action.

With just two points separating first to fourth places, jockeying for position continues in fascinating fashion.

Leaders Ulster, one point ahead of Leinster, head to Newport on Sunday for a Rodney Parade appointment with the Dragons.

Leinster, though, will already have leapfrogged them by then if they beat sixth-placed Ospreys in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Glasgow, currently third, are also in action on Saturday, entertaining Benetton, while the Scarlets host Connacht.

Friday night's action revolves around Limerick and Cardiff, with fifth tackling fourth as Munster face Edinburgh and Cardiff, who have three games in hand on several teams above them, greeting Arms Park visitors Zebre Parma.

SUNDAY - Dragons v Ulster, Rodney Parade, Newport | KO 14:00 UK & IRE (15:00 ITA, 16:00 SA) | Live on Premier Sports, URC TV

The Dragons' four-match losing run in the United Rugby Championship ended with a 13-13 draw at home to Benetton last time out.

The Welsh side have not recorded a win at Rodney Parade, since defeating the Scarlets in last season's Rainbow Cup.

In-form Ulster have only lost one of their last seven first-team fixtures but were beaten on their only previous visit to Wales this season when they were edged out by the Ospreys two months ago.

Ulster are unbeaten in their last 10 games against the Dragons since March 2015.


Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR, 20th competition game) Assistant: Adam Jones, Gareth Newman (both WRU) TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Overall URC head-to-head record:

Played 34, Dragons won 10, Ulster won 22 with 2 matches drawn

Did you know?

  • Dragons four game losing run in United Rugby Championship ended with their 13-all home draw with Benetton last time out.
  • Dragons have still not managed to record a victory at Rodney Parade since beating Scarlets there in last season’s Rainbow Cup.
  • Dragons won their most recent fixture against an Irish province beating Connacht 35-22 in Galway in Round 3 and have not won successive games against such opponents since 2015.
  • Ulster have lost only one of their last seven first team matches: 13-18 to Munster in Limerick in Round 10 of the United Rugby Championship.
  • The Ulstermen have won just one of their last four away games in the Championship: 20-10 at Leinster on 27 November.
  • Ulster were defeated on their only previous visit to Wales this season losing 13-19 to Ospreys in Swansea on 4 December.
  • Ulster are unbeaten in their last ten matches against Dragons since the Welshmen won 26-22 at Rodney Parade in March 2015, a sequence that includes a 32-all draw at the same venue in December 2017.
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