Pro 14: Play-off positions look set in both conferences after ten games

Glasgow Warriors power past Cardiff Blues 40 - 16
Glasgow Warriors power past Cardiff Blues 40 - 16
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The top three positions in both conferences look set after just 10 games played in the Guinness Pro 14.

Glasgow Warriors remain unbeaten this season which has saw them run away at the top of Conference A while Munster and the Cheetahs are in second and third respectively, comfortably ahead of any of the chasing pack.

It’s a similar story in Conference B with Scarlets, Leinster and Ulster occupying the top three spots in the table. Edinburgh are the closest challengers and will be targeting Ulster’s position but don’t seem to have the consistency to challenge this season.

Most of the top teams reasserted their dominance over games weeks 9 and 10, all the more impressive when taking international player absences into account. Glasgow hammered Ospreys 47-6 in Wales in round 9 before maintaining their one hundred per cent record with a 40-16 victory at home to Cardiff Blues.

Munster won 36-18 away to Zebre and followed it up with an equally impressive 36-10 win at home to Ospreys to consolidate their position in second place. The Cheetahs continued their remarkable home form with two wins; 33-13 against Edinburgh and 28-21 over Scarlets.

Scarlets did not leave South Africa entirely empty handed as they beat the Southern Kings 30-34 in round nine, while the Kings also lost 48-21 at home to Edinburgh. This leaves the club still searching for their first win of the season.

Elsewhere Leinster smashed the Dragons 54-10 at home in round 9 before travelling to Benetton to record a comfortable 36-10 victory. Ulster beat Benetton 23-22 at home in round 9 despite a poor performance but could only manage a 32-32 draw away to Dragons in round 10, with Christian Lealiifano unable to convert his own try to snatch the win.

Cardiff Blues beat Connacht 36-30 at home in round nine before their disappointing loss away to Glasgow. The loss to Cardiff continues a poor season for Connacht who followed it up with another morale-sapping loss away to Zebre as the Italians came out with a 24-10 win.

That leaves Glasgow at the top of Conference A, with Munster in second and the Cheetahs in third. Cardiff Blues are 10 points behind in fourth, followed by Connacht in fifth, Zebre in sixth and Ospreys in seventh.

Over in Conference B Scarlets lead the way, followed by Leinster in second and Ulster in third. Edinburgh are in fourth and will have high hopes of catching Ulster as the season progresses. Benetton lie in fifth, Dragons in sixth and Southern Kings are in last place as they still search for their first win of the season.

The top three places in each conference will certainly make for some interesting match=ups in the play-offs should they stay the same. Munster will play Ulster at home in the first quarter-final while Leinster would play the Cheetahs at home in the other quart-final match. Glasgow would then play the winner of the Leinster v Cheetahs while Scarlets would host the winners of Munster v Ulster in the other semi-final.

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