RaboDirect PRO12 confirm play-off dates18/04/2012 - 15:53:03
RaboDirect PRO12 today confirmed the dates and kick-off times for next month’s play-offs.
Top seeded Leinster will play the fourth seeded team on Saturday May 12 at 7.35pm in the RDS.
The fourth seeded team will be confirmed after Round 22 of the RaboDirect PRO12, on Saturday May 5.
The other play-off between second and third placed seeds will take place on Friday May 11th at 7.35pm. Venue and teams are still to be confirmed over the next two rounds of the regular season.
Ospreys, Munster, Ulster, Scarlets – four previous winners – and Glasgow Warriors, semi-finalists in 2010, are all battling for the right to keep their seasons going beyond the regular season.
Even sixth placed Scarlets could possibly still end up with home advantage in the play-offs if they can win their final two fixtures and other results go their way.
The team that finishes second will host the team below them and, if Leinster lose their play-off, the winners of seed 2 v seed 3 will host the final.
“The quality of the teams vying for top four finishes speaks for itself – four previous champions, three champions of Europe, two current Heineken Cup semi-finalists and two teams crammed with 2012 Grand Slam winners,” said RaboDirect PRO12 chairman Andy Irvine.
“Leinster have qualified for a home play-off, but the battle below them is going to be fascinating over the next few weeks. There is everything to play for, for those five other teams and we are guaranteed some thrilling twists and turns before the regular season ends.”
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