Rainbow Cup

3 teams in the running to face Bulls or Sharks in North v South final

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Munster coach Johann van Graan. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
Munster coach Johann van Graan. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Three teams in the northern hemisphere's version of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup are in the running to make the tournament's grand finale.

The North v South final is scheduled for Treviso on 19 June where the top teams in the two sections will square off.

South Africa will be represented by either the Bulls or the Sharks, while Scotland's Glasgow Warriors, Italy's Benetton and Ireland's Munster are the three teams still in the running to top the Rainbow Cup's northern standings heading into the final weekend of action.

Log-leaders Glasgow have completed their fixtures and boast 19 points, with surprise packages Benetton second on 18 points having won all four their matches.

Munster, who are coached by former Springbok assistant Johann van Graan, are third on 15 points.

Welsh outfit Cardiff Blues are fourth, also on 15 points, but have completed their fixtures.

Munster tackle the winless Zebre in Parma on Friday, while on Saturday Benetton are away to Welsh outfit Ospreys, who are sixth and out of the running.

Van Graan's men can reach the final if they claim a bonus point win over bottom-placed Zebre and Benetton come unstuck against the Ospreys.

Meanwhile in the Rainbow Cup SA, the Bulls and Sharks tackle each other in Durban on Saturday where the country's participant in the North v South final will be determined.

The Bulls currently top the standings on 20 points, with the Sharks second on 16.

In order to pip the men from Pretoria to the post, the Durbanites need a clear bonus point win, while not allowing the Bulls to score four tries or come within seven points of them.

A four point win won't be enough for the Sharks as the Bulls have a significantly better points differential (+54 compared to the -14 of the Sharks).

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