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Friday 16th September 18:05 GMT


Ulster and the Scarlets who play each other at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Friday Evening, have had varying starts to the new RaboDirect PRO12 season. Ulster defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons in Belfast in Round 1, before travelling to Italy and overcoming a dogged Benetton Treviso. The Ulstermen have now suffered just one loss in their last seven PRO12 outings. Unfortunately for them, that reverse came in last season's semi-final at the RDS against Leinster.

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If Ulster secure another win on Friday, it will be the first time that they have won three successive PRO12 fixtures at the start of a season since 2012/13, when in fact they went on a run that saw them unbeaten until Round 12. The Scarlets are the only side to defeat Ulster in Belfast since early January, when they triumphed 21-20 on 21st February. That result was the only time that they have won on Irish soil in the last twelve attempts in all tournaments. Having already lost to Munster and Edinburgh this season, the Scarlets have now won just one of their last six PRO12 games. That victory was against the Newport Gwent Dragons on "Judgement Day" in April.

Posted: 21st February 2016


Belfast promises to play host to the match of the weekend in the Guinness PRO12 on Sunday, when table topping Ulster welcome the Scarlets from Wales, who are in fourth position in the table at the end of Round 14. Just a solitary point covers the top four teams at present, with the Northern Irish Province heading the ladder from Connacht on points difference only. Ulster who are the form team in the tournament, having taken 22 points from their last four fixtures, will be defending a home record that has seen them remain unbeaten in Belfast, against sides from outside of Ireland, since Glasgow Warriors took the spoils back in September 2013.

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The Welsh side defeated Sunday's hosts when they met at the Parc y Scarlets earlier in the season by 22-12, but if they wish to complete a season's double for the first time since 2008/09, they will need to win away from the Parc in the PRO12 for the first time since early in December, when they travelled to Italy, and defeated the then winless Benetton Treviso. When the teams last clashed in Belfast a year ago, Ulster won by 25-20 in front of over 17,000 spectators.

Posted: 2nd March 2013

Although there were many supporters of the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament who were unhappy when the qualification process for the European Champions Cup was changed, those changes are certainly creating more games with greater significance in the tournament than ever before. As a perfect illustration, on Friday Evening, Ulster face the Scarlets in Belfast, in what is a vital game for both teams. Ulster are in second position in the table and chasing a post-season play-off place, while the Scarlets although languishing in seventh place, and embroiled in a three way battle with Connacht and Edinburgh for a place in the Champions Cup.

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Last weekend's success in Scotland against Edinburgh, helped Ulster to jump to second in the table, and they will be keen to consolidate that position on Friday at their fortress like home stadium, where they have lost just once in the PRO12 since the start of last season, a 20-22 defeat to Leinster in Round 21 last year. The two sides have met on three occasions already this season, having been drawn in the same Champions Cup Pool. The PRO12 match at Parc y Scarlets Stadium ended in a thrilling 32-32 draw, while each side won their home match in the European tournament.

Posted: 14th March 2014

Ulster will be hoping that Friday's match against the Scarlets from Wales at Ravenhill, Belfast, will enable them to take a huge step towards the end of season play-offs. Although they currently occupy third place in the RaboDirect PRO12, sitting behind only fellow Irish Provinces, Munster and Leinster, they are still involved in a three way battle with Glasgow and the Ospreys for the final two places in the postseason competition for the title.

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The game was postponed on its original dates, due to a waterlogged pitch. The Irish side has lost just once in the tournament since round 7, which was a 6-19 reverse against Leinster at the RDS on 28 December. While their only defeat at Ravenhill this season was back at the start of the season, in their first home match, when they slipped up 12-13 to Glasgow in the PRO12. Only one Welsh side has beaten Ulster in Belfast during the last four seasons, the Ospreys in 2013. Although the Scarlets will go into Friday's game with renewed confidence, having produced a stunning win against the leaders, Munster, in their last PRO12 fixture, giving them a third consecutive victory in the PRO12. The Scarlets have played 13 matches at Ravenhill, and won on just two occasions in all tournaments. The last time being in 2008, when they won a PRO12 match 16-9.

Posted: 14th February 2014

The fight for the four play-off positions in the RaboDirect PRO12 competition looks likely to go right to the end of the season. Ulster took an important step towards a place in the knockout phase with their dogged victory at Ravenhill, Belfast, and last Friday evening. Their 10-7 victory allowing them to leap frog over their Welsh rivals into third position in the table, and keep them ahead of the Glasgow Warriors who are poised in fifth place, but with two games in hand on the top four, to take advantage of any slip ups, by the leading sides.

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Scarlets meanwhile traveled to Italy to take on Benetton Treviso to take on the Italians in what was effectively a “dead rubber”, with neither side having a chance of making the end of season play-offs. They returned home having secured a try scoring bonus point victory, crossing for six tries in total, while Treviso scored three of their own. Treviso were somewhat unfortunate to come away from the fixture completely empty handed, missing out on a try scoring bonus point, and ending the match losing by 33-41, which meant that they also missed out on a losing bonus point, by a mere point. Scarlets will do well to emerge from Ravenhill with anything to show for their trip to Belfast, with the revamped stadium something of a fortress, especially on a wet, windy Friday night, in front of a packed vociferous Ulster crowd.

Posted: 4th January 2013

On Friday, the 4th of January, the RaboDirect Pro12 competition continues when Ulster and the Scarlets face off at 19:05 local time and GMT. This event will happen in Belfast and right now Ulster leads the table with 47 points. They spent an incredible amount of time being unbeaten, finally losing one game out of the twelve that they have played, and that is exactly where they stand now. As for the Scarlets, they come in at the number two spot with 38 points. They have won eight games of the twelve they have played.

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In third place is Munster, who has eight wins out of twelve games as well. They have been able to earn 37 points so far so they are just one point away from moving up into the spot occupied currently by the Scarlets.

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Posted: 16th September 2016

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