The last round of the regular season. The day which can sometimes decide if a team’s year is a success or a failure.
Saturday 28th April is also a Derby day where teams will only play other teams in their own country. This will add to the excitement and thrills of the final matches before the playoffs. 5 teams are still in the hunt to seal a playoff spot and other teams could still leapfrog from the foot of the tables as well.
The Big Games
Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow may have already booked a home semi-final but will be desperate to right the wrongs of last week’s away defeat to Ulster. Edinburgh also have a lot to play for in this game. A point will almost certainly seal a place in the semi-final qualifiers and a win would raise their chances of a home knockout fixture. However, the Scarlets are a point ahead of them and are playing the struggling Dragons so they would need to be lucky.
There is the 1872 Cup decider and both teams would love to be crowned Scotland’s best side. The Warriors haven’t won a game on the road since January against Zebre. However, the Gunners are not much better at home having lost 2 of their last 3 matches. A big contest could be between the 2 most exciting fullbacks in Scotland, Blair Kinghorn vs Stuart Hogg. Both are trying scoring machines and this could really add a lot of excitement to this giant match. This is too tough to call and could honestly go either way.
Munster vs Ulster
A very big away game for Ulster as they have to win to even stand a chance of playing knockout rugby. They are the big underdogs as they have lost 2 of their last 3 games away from home. Thomond Park has become a fortress as Munster have not lost there since against Leinster back in December. That includes wins over European giants Toulon, Conference A winners Glasgow and defending champions the Scarlets.
Munster should win this, however, they could put out a weakened side as they can’t alter their league position and that could seriously help a desperate Ulster. They are 8 points behind Glasgow and 9 above the Cheetahs. The players may need a break after their big Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92. So it really does depend on how good the Munster team actually is.
The Scarlets can still top the table in Conference B with a big win over the Dragons and if Leinster loses by more than 7 points to Connacht away.
The Cardiff Blues stand a small chance of qualifying for the playoffs. They must beat the Ospreys well and the Southern Kings must surprise us all and convincingly beat the Cheetahs at home.
Zebre needs a great away win over Benetton and Connacht must lose to Leinster if the Italians wish to avoid bottom place.
So many possibilities could realistically happen. It reminds me of Super Saturday back in 2015 in the 6 Nations when 4 teams battled it out for the title. Although it’s not the same it still will hopefully be a great celebration of rugby. This only comes around once a season so make the most of it.
Author: Archie Craigie Halkett
Hi, my name is Archie Craigie Halkett. I am a massive Scottish rugby fan. I’m involved with the game quite a lot. I play rugby for my school and my local rugby club. I am a level one qualified rugby referee and a regular contributor to off-line and on-line rugby magazines/publications.