Reigning IRFU Women's Interprovincial champions Munster and 2014 winners Leinster continued their winning ways in this season's tournament to set up a winner-takes-all clash for the title next weekend, writes Kate Rowan.
To borrow golfing parlance, today is 'moving day' in the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship. Can Connacht and Ulster bounce back from their opening weekend defeats, or will Munster and Leinster keep on track to set up a title decider at Thomond Park next Saturday?
Isa Nacewa has been handed his first start since returning to Leinster, featuring at full-back against Moseley RFC at Donnybrook on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm). Head coach Leo Cullen has made ten changes to the team that won away to Ulster last weekend.
Leinster have relinquished their GUINNESS PRO12 crown this season and one of the main reasons behind their failure to reach the play-offs is their disappointing away form. They have one final chance to win on the road when visiting Edinburgh at the home of Scottish rugby.
With Leinster's hopes of retaining their GUINNESS PRO12 crown now over, Matt O'Connor's men still have some work to do in order to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup. A five-point return against Benetton Treviso would be the ideal response.
Man-of-the-match Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson led the way as Ulster produced a performance full of grit, determination and no little flair to win a fiery interprovincial derby clash with Leinster at rain-hit Kingspan Stadium.
Ulster's second of three successive interprovincial derby matches could see them dethrone reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions Leinster, with Matt O'Connor's men in a 'must win' scenario at Kingspan Stadium tonight.
Leinster have shown themselves to be more than capable of overcoming the odds by winning big European knockout games in France, and that is the task facing Matt O'Connor's men when they take on defending champions Toulon in Marseille on Sunday.