And a happy blue year awaits! Pro 12 Round 12.

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  1. The Alpha Bro

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    Saturday

    Zebre v Edinburgh - 11:00
    Treviso v Glasgow - 13:05
    Champions Elect v Ulster - 15:00
    Connacht v Munster - 17:30

    Sunday

    Cardiff v Scarlets - 15:00
    Dragons v Ospreys - 17:05

    Pretending as if we really care about the first two matches, Zebre might nick a win but Treviso will not.

    Champions Elect v Ulster - The classy provincial derby will provide no contest folks, the gulf in class in the packs should be giving Ulster fans nightmares, 2016 will not see Ireland's most handsome province lose in Dublin.

    Connacht v Munster - Hide the turnips, we want to see some rugby... All the fans in attendance who can't match their shoes and their belt are in for a treat as this contender for game of the weekend should see the home side scrape by Munster's much weakened outfit.

    Cardiff v Scarlets - To rival the 'I drive a Passat' derby for game of the weekend this could really go either way, even though its two Welsh sides I'll consider watching it hungover too. Scarlets to start 2017 with a win.

    Dragons v Ospreys - O's.
     
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    Munster:

    15. Andrew Conway
    14. Keith Earls
    13. Francis Saili
    12. Dan Goggin
    11. Ronan O’Mahony
    10. Ian Keatley
    9. Duncan Williams

    1. James Cronin
    2. Rhys Marshall
    3. Stephen Archer
    4. Jean Kleyn
    5. Dave Foley
    6. Billy Holland (captain)
    7. Tommy O’Donnell
    8. Jack O’Donoghue

    Replacements:
    16. Kevin O’Byrne
    17. Dave Kilcoyne
    18. Thomas Du Toit
    19. Robin Copeland
    20. Conor Oliver
    21. Te Aihe Toma
    22. Rory Scannell
    23. Jaco Taute


    Connacht:

    15. Tiernan O’Halloran
    14. Niyi Adeolokun
    13. Rory Parata
    12. Peter Robb
    11. Matt Healy
    10. Jack Carty
    9. Kieran Marmion

    1. Denis Buckley
    2. Tom McCartney
    3. Finlay Bealham
    4. Quinn Roux
    5. James Cannon
    6. Nepia Fox-Matamua
    7. Jake Heenan
    8. Naulia Dawai

    Replacements:
    16. Dave Heffernan
    17. JP Cooney
    18. John Andress
    19. Lewis Stevenson
    20. Danny Qualter
    21. Caolin Blade
    22. Ciaran Gaffney
    23. Rory Moloney

    Nah we'll do Connacht handy I reckon, Connacht are ravaged. First choice back three, but they've lost Dillane, and O'Brien isn't in the team. Connacht were abject against Ulster, and for some reason didn't see the sense in kicking the ball when on their own line despite missing most of their backline impact. Hope it continues for this game. Wow John Andress retires from Munster rugby because he can't keep up with the pace of the game, and three weeks later he's on the Connacht bench. #inspiration #CanprobablykeepupwiththepaceofConnachtsgameastheyreallfat****s. The little Goosen trick is poor form, but we don't need him at Munster and I didn't like his signing to begin with.
    Kinda ****** we've not used Arnold for this unless he's injured. When is a better opportunity? Less wholesale changes than I expected to the 23. Still some frontliners available.
     
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  4. Bruce_ma_goose

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    Hey. That's the supposedly "historic Scottish/Italian rivalry" you are pooping on there. That was the reason given for putting months between the 1872 cup fixtures anyway.
     
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    Leinster fans creaming at the possibility of being in second place. How far away 2009 seems now. Sad really.
     
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    This description shouldn't be used, even in jest, as long as Leo Cullen is there.
     
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    Arnold has a niggle and wasn't risked. Rassie is like Schmidt in that guys must do 1 full contact session if they are to be considered. It's like last round. Earls warmed up before game and was 24th man but wasn't played as he did no contact session
     
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    We finished behind Edinburgh that year, you don't forget **** like that, if only the same could be said about Munster fans and knowing what a trophy looks like!
    The Kearneys, Joey Carbery, Garry Ringrose etc... make up for that and more, I'll admit we lost a lot with Mads departure.
     
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    The irony of that Alpha is Munster have alot more trophies won than Leinster but any real Leinster fan who followed them before the glory days would know that.
    And before you say in Pro era I'm on about in History
     
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    Paul Marshall is very detrimental to Ulster.
     
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    Nothing makes up for Leo Cullen. Nothing.
     
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    Glasgow squeak past Treviso with Hogg doing okay at flyhalf. Just about keeps their title hopes alive. Speaking of handsome buggers, Allan and McKinley had some awful misses at kicks at goal which may have cost Treviso this.
     
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    I wasn't alive during the amateur era I remember Nathan Spooner though so I'm real enough, a quick wiki search has us both on 22 interpros though and Leinster have more pro12s and European cups... I knew it was bad down there the last few years but I didn't realise it was Liverpool FC bad!!

    Decent win I suppose, Ross Byrne is probably worth -2 tries in comparison to JC or JSex.
     
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    I suppose it depends on which Leinster supporter as I said most only seem to be fans since 09. And as I said most Leinster fans who actually followed through tough years would know. Not the soccer ones that switch when success stops. You know like some Liverpool ones
    But as I say the glory supporters may see it another way. Things ain't that bad down here just I've met both kinds just checking which you were

    Anyway here in Galway it horrific. We ahead but looking messy and conditions are effecting us. Connacht look like they've tries in them and will have huge wind 2nd half
     
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    Yeah first time he's played fly half since the last Lions tour I think. GT's priority seems to be Europe this year with it being his last one with a cheeky top 4 finish in the Pro12 to remain in the hunt.
     
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    Very sloppy second half from Leinster who let a 4 try bonus point slip through their fingers.

    Rory O'Loughlin is becoming a real asset. He's unlikely to push ahead of either Garry Ringrose or Robbie Henshaw in midfield given their age profile but could have a real future on the wing. Fergus McFadden and Isa Nacewa aren't getting any younger and Zane Kirchner is likely gone after this season. I'd rather see Leinster recruit a NIQ 13 who can fill in for Garry Ringrose and push O'Loughlin as a potential starter on the wing.
     
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    Got a great try today Snoop
     
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