CORK CONSTITUTION v GARRYOWEN, Musgrave Park, 1.15pm (live RTE One/live rte.ie (Ireland only))
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The play-off system has not been kind to Cork Con. Five times since 2000 they have finished out the league's regulation phase by topping the table - only for their title hopes to be dashed, most notably by Shannon in 2002 and 2004 and Garryowen last year.
Garryowen are their opponents again in today's decider. They are the form teams, Cork Con with eight straight wins and Garryowen registering a club record eleven wins on the trot.
Coached by Brian Walsh, who was full-back in Con's 1999-winning side, the men from Temple Hill have been brilliantly consistent again this season.
Con's 13 wins in 15 league games speaks for itself and Heineken Cup winners John Kelly, Anthony Horgan, Jeremy Manning and Denis Fogarty give the squad experienced spine, although the latter two are injury doubts.
Former Ireland Under-21 full-back Richie Lane (11 tries) and AIB Club international winger Cronan Healy (7 tries) are consistent threats in the back-line and they boast a formidable back row unit in Frank Cogan, Brendan Cuttriss and Billy Holland, the son of Munster team manager Jerry Holland.
Defending champions Garryowen secured a memorable 31-6 semi-final win over arch rivals Shannon last weekend.
Having lost their grip on the AIB Cup and Munster Senior Cup, the Dooradoyle residents are particularly determined to win back-to-back league titles in Dara O'Sullivan's first season as head coach.
Led superbly well by flanker Paul Neville, whose participation in the final is in doubt because of a shoulder injury, Garryowen boast a settled side with Munster's Kieran Lewis and Keith Earls (7 tries) adding some polish to their backs.
IrishRugby.ie Prediction: Cork Constitution to win by less than 7 points