Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby will be preparing for matches against Welsh opponents in the coming days after losses to Irish sides at the weekend.
On Sunday, the Warriors, who have slipped to sixth in the Guinness PRO12 table and are eight points behind the Scarlets in fourth, will be at the Ospreys.
And on Friday, Edinburgh host Cardiff Blues at Myreside.
At the weekend Glasgow went down to play-off rivals Ulster 37-17 in Belfast while the night before Edinburgh had lost their sixth league match out off seven, 39-10 against Leinster in Dublin.
After the loss to Ulster, Glasgow Warriors’ Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “At one stage in the game momentum had really swung in Ulster’s favour, they had the crowd behind them, they were playing really well and I thought our response in the last 15 minutes was excellent, scoring those two tries when we were down to 14 men and had been forced into some changes so that was encouraging.
“We let errors creep into our game that Ulster punished us for, whether it was a few defensive slips, the ball not going to hand or crucial penalties at the start of that second half that meant we couldn’t put pressure on Ulster in the way we had planned.
“The areas we need to work on are our physicality around the breakdown. It was better in the second half, but in the first half they managed to slow down our ball and win a few turnovers.
“It’s a combination of making sure we’re running in the right areas and the support players working hard.
“We also need to make sure we don’t switch off at any time, whether it’s first phase defence, staying onside, staying on our feet because those were the little things that gave Ulster penalties or line breaks.”
Edinburgh played well in the first half at the RDS against Leinster, indeed they were just 8-3 down at the break and on the front foot.
However, Leinster soon put the game to be after the break and ran out comfortable victors.
Adam Ashe is pictured on the ball for the Warriors against Ulster by FOTOSPORT
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