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Falcons equipped to play their part in high-scoring showdown

O'Mahony ready to lead from the front for Munster

Newcastle winger Vereniki Goneva is up against former club Leicester
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Leicester just held on to their playoff spot after going down to a late defeat to Bath at Twickenham last week and they will want to ensure they make no mistakes when the Falcons visit Welford Road.

The Tigers are scrapping with Bath for fourth spot and just hold the advantage on points difference. But both clubs have winnable fixtures in the last three rounds - Leicester face Newcastle and Sale at home then Worcester away, while Bath go to Worcester before hosting Gloucester and going to Sale - and will target not just victory but four-try bonus points at every opportunity.

Defeat to Bath was a blow for Leicester coach Matt O'Connor in his first game in charge, as he saw his team lead from the fourth minute to the 70th, and he will urge his team to stay focused in his first home match at the helm.

The Tigers have the attacking players to make their mark, but the Falcons pack a punch in their backline too with Sinoti Sinoti restored to the side and ex-Tiger Vereniki Goneva on the other flank.

Leicester have shipped more than 100 points in their last three Premiership matches and if it becomes an open contest as they push for tries the Falcons were well-equipped to go close in a high-scoring game.

Munster face a European Champions Cup semi-final against holders Saracens next week and they look to be gearing up for that clash with a Pro12 derby against Ulster.

Coach Rassie Erasmus has made nine changes to the team that edged out Glasgow last weekend and his line-up is close to the one that beat Toulouse in the European quarters.

Ulster, on a run of seven matches without defeat, have made just three switches and are seven-point underdogs as they keep up their push for a playoff slot.

This has the makings of a physical contest and combative Munster skipper Peter O'Mahony looks a value shout to get on the scoresheet.

Ospreys and Scarlets are hoping to cash in on an Ulster defeat today and given themselves a cushion in their top-four placings.

Third-placed Ospreys face Cardiff at the Principality Stadium (BBC Wales, 5pm) while Scarlets are 16-point favourites at the Dragons (in the second part of Sky Sports 3's double-header (5pm).

Leinster, who take on Clermont on their Euorpean semi-final next week, have made 11 changes for their trip to Connacht (TG4, 7.35pm).

Victory in Galway will guarantee Leinster a home playoff semi-final and bookmakers make the hosts the narrowest of favourites.

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P O'Mahony to score a try in Munster v Ulster
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The Tigers are scrapping with Bath for fourth spot and just hold the advantage on points difference
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