Irish provincial rugby is in a good place and it sees the four provinces face each other this week. The irony is three coaches from three provincial sides nominated are in the running for the February’s 2021 Pro14 coach of the month.
Munster and Leinster
Connacht’s Andy Friend ,Glenn Delaney for Welsh club Scarlets, Dan McFarland at Ulster and Munster’s Johann van Graan have are all part of a 4 man shortlist.
Munster welcome Connacht to Limerick this for one provincial derby. The other is Ulster and Leinster which will take place at the Kingspan
South African van Graan’s Munster side lie top of of Conference B with a 9 point cushion over Connacht.
They have lost twice all season in the Pro14 and won 11 most recently against Cardiff Blues and come have beaten Clermont in the European Rugby Champions Cup
The 4️⃣ nominees have been chosen for the @LochLomondMalts February Coach of the Month award 🤩
Vote now via the link below 🗳
One entrant will win a bottle of Loch Lomond 12 year old single malt 🥃
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Connacht and Ulster
Connacht and Andy friend are looking to make Munster sweat in Conference B. Their impressive form has seen them beat Leinster who sit on top of the other conference and rack up convincing wins against Welsh side Ospreys and The Dragons.
Ulster trail Leinster in Group B. Dan McFarland’s side. Ulster under McFarland are one of the only sides to have beaten Munster this season. They have lost once all season and that’s only been to league leaders Leinster.
The men at the Kingspan trail Leinster by six points and it’s down to good coaching of McFarland that seen them sit comfortably above scarlets in Group B.
How voting works
After 48 hours and once you, the fans, have voted for your Loch Lomond Whiskies February Coach of the Month, we will count the number of votes and display the coaches in a table ranking.
The coach with the most fan votes will get 4 points and the coach with the least amount of fan votes will get 1 point: 1st = 4pts, 2nd = 3pts, 3rd = 2pts and 4th = 1pt.
Without knowing the result of the fan vote, our Under The Sticks panellists will each rank the coaches from 1st to 4th. We will then add their rankings to the fan vote to get an overall winner.