SNOWED IN: Five of the seven Pro14 matches in Round 17 have been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
Round 17 fixtures between Ulster and Glasgow Warriors; Edinburgh and Munster, Cardiff Blues and Benetton, Zebre and Ospreys as well as Scarlets and Leinster have all been affected from the ‘Beast from the East' - the weather system that has seen heavy snowfall across the UK, Ireland and much of Europe.
The two matches that will take place this weekend are both in South Africa.
On Friday the Southern Kings will host the Newport Gwent Dragons in Port Elizabeth.
The Kings are still searching for their first win in the Pro14 and they have come very close in a number of their home games and Bernard Jackman’s team will keen to avoid any slip-ups here.
On Saturday, the Cheetahs return to home comforts in Bloemfontein as Connacht make the trip in a fixture where both teams are in serious need of points.
Cheetahs are looking to arrest a slide of three defeats in a row while Connacht needs to hold off Ospreys in the Champions Cup race, but their hosts are in good try-scoring form and they have lost just once at the Free State Stadium this season.
Top Performers – Round 16:
Most tackles: 25 Rynard Landman (Dragons) / Tienie Burger (Southern Kings)
Most carries: 26 Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh)
Defenders beaten: 9 Nick McCarthy (Leinster)
Offloads: 4 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh) Tom Farrell (Connacht) Monty Ioane (Benetton)
Breaks: 4 Monty Ioane (Benetton)
Metres made: 144 Monty Ioane (Benetton)
Turnovers won: 4 Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)
Line-outs won: 13 Mick Kearney (Leinster)
We take a look at all the Round 17 action!
Friday, March 2:
SOUTHERN KINGS v NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS
(Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 UK & Ireland Time, 17.35 GMT)
Southern Kings are still searching for their first Pro14 victory, having tallied just two try bonus points and two losing bonus points so far this campaign.
Just one Welsh side has visited Port Elizabeth this season: Scarlets, winning 34-30 in Round Nine.
Dragons most recent victory in the Pro14 was when they met Southern Kings in Newport in Round Five.
The Welshmen have not won away from home in the Championship since a visit to Treviso in March 2015.
The two sides' only previous meeting in the Pro14 was on September 30 with Dragons winning 29-13 at Rodney Parade.
Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Anthonie Volmink, 10 Martin Du Toit. 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby De Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Johan Smith, 18 Luvuyo Pupuma, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Jacques Nel.
Dragons: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Jarryd Sage, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Sarel Pretorius; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Liam Belcher, 3 Leon Brown, 4 Joe Davies, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Harri Keddie, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 8 Lewis Evans (captain), 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 Harri Keddie, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Joe Davies, 3 Leon Brown, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp, 17 Gerard Ellis, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Max Williams, 20 James Benjamin, 21 Dan Babos, 22 Connor Edwards, 23 Rio Dyer.
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Saturday, March 3:
CHEETAHS v CONNACHT
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 UK & Ireland Time; 17.35 GMT)
Cheetahs have slipped to three straight defeats in the Pro14 but those have come on visits to Wales (two) and Scotland.
Cheetahs have lost just once at home this campaign: 26-29 to Glasgow in Round Six.
Connacht have won just three times in the Pro14 since Round Eight, but two of those have been in the last three fixtures.
Connacht's victory in Treviso last weekend was the first on the road since they visited Edinburgh last April.
The two sides have met just once before with Connacht winning 23-15 in Galway in Round Eight.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Renier Bernardo, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Sibhale Maxano.
Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Cian Kelleher, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 James Cannon, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Dominic Robertson McCoy, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 Eoghan Masterson, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Craig Ronaldson, 23 Niyi Adeolokun.
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse (South Africa), Jaco Kotze (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)
PRO14 REPORT: Irish star Seán O'Brien's comeback from injury lasted less than half-an-hour.
The loose forward went off injured in the first half of Leinster's 10-all draw with Scarlets in the rescheduled match in Llanelli on Friday.
O'Brien, who captained Leinster on his return from a hip injury at Parc y Scarlets, left the field clutching his left arm.
* Meanwhile Leinster missed out on a first away-day win against the Scarlets since 2013, as a late penalty from Dan Jones earned the Scarlets a dramatic last-gasp draw.
The game was played in appallingly wet conditions, with Ed Byrne scoring Leinster's only try and Paul Asquith replying for Scarlets.
Ross Byrne thought he had won it late on for Leinster with a well-taken penalty, but Jones had the final say after a turnover in the final second of the game.
In a tight and tense affair, Leinster tried to run down the clock in their own 22 in the final minute of the game but referee Nigel Owens handed Scarlets a late penalty and Jones made no mistake.
The two Pro14 heavyweights of Conference B met in a rearranged fixture; following Storm Emma forcing Dublin Airport to close seven days previously.
In pouring rain, both sides cancelled each other out in the opening 25 minutes as the scoreboard showed no signs of moving.
With their first visit into the Leinster 22, Scarlets thought they had scored on 29 minutes, as Tom Williams produced some neat footwork to beat two defenders and touch down.
With the conversion about to be taken, the TMO stepped in and reviewed the grounding and on reflection referee Nigel Owens reversed his decision and chalked off the score.
Leinster started well after the break and an excellent Kearney kick through was collected by Ioan Nicholas but the Scarlets man was driven over his own line.
Following a period of sustained pressure Leinster finally scored the game's opening try as Ed Byrne burrowed over from close range, with Ross Byrne adding the extras to make the score 7-0.
Dan Jones then missed the opportunity to pull Scarlets back into the game as he pushed a penalty wide of the posts after 52 minutes.
Leinster then withstood 19 phases of Scarlets pressure on their own try line as the visitors produced a superb defensive effort.
Scarlets finally got on level terms as Asquith finished off a flowing home move on 64 minutes that was created following a powerful catch and drive and an initial break from Jonathan Evans.
Jones added the extras to make it 7-7.
Ross Byrne landed a crucial penalty after 72 minutes as he nudged Leinster back in front after a series of carries from the visitors.
Nick McCarthy then had a late score disallowed for Leinster after a charge down as Scarlets stayed in the game until the death.
New signing Tom Varndell nearly won it late on but couldn't collect the slippery ball but Scarlets earned a late reprieve as Jones struck from the tee to level things up.
Scarlets: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Ioan Nicholas, 13 Paul Asquith, 12 Steff Hughes (captain), 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Will Boyde, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Phil Price.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Rhys Fawcett, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Josh Helps, 20 Lewis Rawlins, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Ioan Hughes, 23 Tom Varndell.
Leinster: 15 Dave Kearney, 14 Barry Daly, 13 Rory O'Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Nick McCarthy, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Seán O'Brien (captain), 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Bryan Byrne, 1 Ed Byrne.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Adam Coyle, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Charlie Rock, 22 Ciarán Frawley, 23 Adam Byrne.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Simon Rees (Wales)
TMO: Neil Hennessey (Wales)