No Big Cup, no international rugby this weekend, so we can concentrate on the final league stages of the NH competitions. Here’s what you can watch, when.
Club Rugby Round 18 (or 19 (or 21))
Here are the key games in the leagues, in number of rounds order…
Gallagher Premiership R18
All eyes will be on Moral League Leaders, Sale (6th, 40pts) as they host Harlequins (4th, 49pts) on Friday night.
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The top of the league won’t change this weekend, but the bottom might. By Sunday night, any one of Leicester (10th, 34pts), Worcester (11th, 32pts) or Newcastle (12th, 29pts) could be propping up the rest.
The crucial TV match is at Welford Road [Sat 16:30], where Leicester are at home to Exeter (1st, 71pts). A loss this weekend and the struggle to stay up becomes even harder for the Tigers. Fortunately for them, the very last club, Newcastle are away (untelevised) to Saracens (2nd, 62pts). Equally un-BT’d are Worcester who are away at Wasps (8th, 37pts).
Pro 14 R19
If Conference A leaders Glasgow (A-1st, 66pts) lose badly at home to Ulster (B-2nd, 54pts) on Friday [19:35], then they can be overtaken by Munster (A2-2nd, 63pts), if the latter beat Cardiff (A-4th, 52pts) at home (same time). The top of Conference A is therefore still very much in play this weekend.
This is not true in Conference B, where Leinster (B-1st, 72pts) are 18 points ahead of Ulster. Their visitors on Saturday [19:45], Treviso, are having a good season (B-3, 50pts), but it will still be a shock to see them beat the Blue Meanies in Dublin.
Top 14 R21
Only two matches televised, but they concern three out of the top four teams.
On Saturday [13:45] leaders Toulouse (76pts) are away at Toulon (10th, 38pts), while second-placed Clermont (69pts) are home to Racing (3rd, also on 56pts) on Sunday [15:50]. There will be changes by Sunday night.
Weekend TV Schedule
Free to air games are in bold.
Friday 5th April
02:00 IRB Sevens (Sky Sports Action/Main Event)
07:35 Highlanders v Hurricanes, SR (Sky Sports Arena)
10:00 Reds v Stormers, SR (Sky Sports Arena)
18:10 Lions v Sharks, SR (Sky Sports Action)
19:35 Glasgow v Ulster, Pro14 (Premier Sports 1)
19:35 Munster v Cardiff, Pro14 (Premier Sports 2, S4C, TG4)
19:45 Sale v Harlequins, GPR (BT Sport 1)
Saturday 6th April
01:30 IRB 7s (Sky Sports Action/Main Event)
05:15 Crusaders v Brumbies, SR (Sky Sports Arena)
07:35 Blues v Waratahs, SR (Sky Sports Arena/Main Event)
09:45 Rebels v Sunwolves, SR (Sky Sports Arena/Main Event)
13:45 Toulon v Toulouse, Top14 (Sky Sports Action)
14:05 Bulls v Los Jaguares, SR (Sky Sports Mix)
14:00 Bath v Bristol, GPR (BT Sport 2)
16:30 Cheetahs v Ospreys, Pro14 (Premier Sports 2)
16:30 Leicester v Exeter, GPR (BT Sport 2)
17:30 Zebre v Connacht, Pro14 (Free Sports, TG4)
18:45 Scarlets v Edinburgh, Pro14 (Premier Sports 2)
19:45 Leinster v Treviso, Pro14 (Free Sports, TG4)
Sunday 7th April
00:45 IRB 7s, (Sky Sports Action/Main Event)
15:00 Southern Kings v Dragons, Pro14 (Premier Sports 1)
15:00 Northampton v Gloucester, GPR (BT Sport 1)
15:50 Clermont v Racing, Top14 (Sky Sports Action)
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