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If the Ospreys are to join their West Wales rivals, the Scarlets, in next season's Champions Cup, they will need their neighbours to do them a favour by defeating Munster on Saturday, while the Ospreys will need a win at the Liberty Stadium against Ulster at the very least to give themselves a chance of qualification. Since losing at the Liberty Stadium at the end of March to the Scarlets, the Ospreys have gone on a fine run that has brought them three maximum five point victories, to lift them into seventh position in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, four points adrift of Munster.
If Ulster can claim a bonus point win on Saturday, then they will be assured of a play-off place, and could also give them a chance of hosting their semi-final in Belfast, although that would depend on results elsewhere on the day. The Scarlets who are in fifth position in the table, are the one side that can yet deny the Ulstermen a place in the knockout phase of the tournament. They trail the Irishmen by a point going into the final round of the regular season, but are faced with a difficult trip to Limerick to face Munster.
Posted: 20th December 2014
If there is one match in the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament this weekend that can vie with Glasgow against Munster for top billing, it would be the Ospreys vs Ulster encounter at the Liberty Stadium, which takes place on Saturday tea time. The Ospreys currently hold second position in the table, while their visitors from Ireland are in fourth place. Both have 31 points, the same as Glasgow, and just one point behind table toppers, Munster. However, the Ospreys after setting the early season pace in the PRO12, have now only one win from their last eight games in all competitions. However, they are on a winning streak at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, that has seen them win seven successive PRO12 games at the venue, since Munster were victorious on the ground, back in February.
Ulster who were beaten last Sunday just up the road from Swansea, at the Parc y Scarlets, in the Champions Cup, have not won away from Belfast in any tournament since mid-September, when they won at the Arms Park against the Cardiff Blues. Ulster have held the upper hand recently in matches between the two sides, with the Ospreys winning just one of the last six contests between them, while Ulster are unbeaten in Swansea since September 2011.
Posted: 4th October 2013
If recent history is anything to go by, then Friday night's RaboDirect PRO12 match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea is going to be as tight as it could possibly be, with just a single score separating the two sides. Five of the last six fixtures between these two sides, has seen the losing team pick up a bonus point for losing by 7 points or less. The two fixtures in last season's PRO12 competition saw the away team win both fixtures, but saw an overall point’s score of 29-28 in favors of the Ospreys, to illustrate just how close the fixtures were.
However, in the current campaign, Swansea Ospreys remain unbeaten, just one of two sides yet to be defeated in RaboDirect PRO12 this season, while Ulster lost their first three games, though they have returned to form, with successive wins over Connacht away, and Treviso at home. Ospreys have now won their last ten matches at the Liberty Stadium in the PRO12 competition, in a run that goes back just over a year, when Glasgow were the last side to triumph there. Ulster will hope to become the first Irish Province to win in Swansea since April 2011, when they themselves defeated the Ospreys by yet another narrow margin, on that occasion by 16-13, and that was back in September 2012.
Posted: 25th September 2011
Sunday, September 25th the RaboDirect PRO12 competition continues with a game in Swansea between the Ospreys and Ulster, happening at 16:30 local time. Munster currently leads the RaboDirect PRO12 table with three out of three wins and 14 points, but Ulster is right below them. They have also had success in all three of the games that they have played but were only able to earn 12 points for it, putting them in second, but in a tie with the Ospreys, who happen to be their competitors this week. The Swansea Ospreys are also sitting on a three out of three winning streak.
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