DOUBLE DERBY ACTION IN UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP – ALL LIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS
Dragons host Cardiff Rugby plus an Italian derby showdown in Treviso

Live URC rugby action continues on Premier Sports this weekend with a double derby weekend as two rescheduled games take centre stage in the Championship before a blockbuster final weekend in the United Rugby Championship next weekend (May 20th and May 21st).

There’s another Welsh derby on the horizon tomorrow night (Fri 13 May) in Newport as the Dragons host Cardiff Rugby with both teams looking to improve on recent form. All the action will be live on Premier Sports 1 from 7.30pm with Philippa Tuttiett and Eddie Butler bringing insight and commentary from what will be a fiercely contested derby at Rodney Parade.

These two Welsh teams have met 36 times with Cardiff having the upper hand having won 28 to the Dragons 8. The game, which was originally planned for New Year’s Day, will be an important one for the hosts who have lost their last three URC games. Cardiff Rugby arrive at Rodney Parade with the boost of a win over Zebre last weekend. In the battle for the Welsh Shield and a place in the Champions Cup, the Ospreys and Scarlets are level on 44 points going into the final round with Cardiff on 28 points and the Dragons on 18. Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets all host South African teams at home in Wales next weekend.

On Saturday afternoon Benetton host Zebre at the Stadio Monigo in Treviso (live on Premier Sports 1 from 4.25pm) with Simon Ward and Michael Bradley bringing live commentary and analysis. Benetton are without a win in their last eight URC fixtures since beating Zebre in Parma on December 24 but in head-to-head meetings with their Italian rivals have come out on top with 18 wins from their 25 encounters.

The URC’s top eight teams have been decided with Leinster, Munster, Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Ulster, Vodacom Bulls, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh all set to take part in the big knock-out final series starting Friday June 3rd.

Next weekend sees a highly-charged final round in the URC on May 20th and 21st as teams vie for the home advantage by securing places in the top four plus battle to become URC Shield winners.

Leinster have secured top place on 62 points and can’t be caught now standing six points clear – but there’s just three points between second placed Munster (56 points) and sixth placed Vodacom Bulls (53 points) so everything still to play for. Every second of the key final round games will be shown live on Premier Sports plus all the drama of the knock-out stages as the top eight fight it out to be in the Final on Saturday June 18th.

Big games await in the final weekend of the season on Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st - Scarlets and Ospreys host top four contenders Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers respectively, Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors have a massive derby clash in the Scottish capital to decide the Scottish/Italian Shield winner plus Ulster host Cell C Sharks with a home quarter-final place at stake for both with just one point between them in the table. All eight games featured in URC season final weekend will be live on Premier Sports for rugby supporters to enjoy.

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