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Pro14 | Sportsground
18:35 (GMT) | 09-09-2017
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The away team fails to hang onto the ball and the home team looks for a final attack but play comes to a stop as the ref blows the final whistle.
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The Kings wins a penalty as the home team tries to attack the blind. The Kings opts for touch
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The siren sounds a s the final scrum of the game takes place
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Connacht applies pressure on the restart kick and manages to force a scrum in good attacking position
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Coleman fails to add the extras
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The KIngs still looking for that elusive try. They manage to buld a few phases and edges closer and closer. Luvuyo Pupuma muscles over for a try
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Foul play spotted and the winning Captain John Muldoon is sin binned. that's the end of his night
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The home team manages to get their hands ball and looks to attack but the Kings wins a penalty out wide
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The Kings refuses to go down with a fight as they manage to put up a final surge. They win apenalty and opt for touch. The shift it wide from the line-out
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Crosby adds the extras
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After some beautiful hands wide Darragh Leader goes over for a try to seal the game for the home team
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Healy kicks a beautiful touch finder as they look to apply pressure on the KIngs. The ball is lost forward by the Kings at the line-out and the home team gets a scrum.They puit in a grubber kick and Banda fields as the KIngs clears
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Kings penalty on the halfway line and they opt for touch. Connacht manages to retain the ball as they look to run from deep inside their own half. They find some space wide through Leader
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Kings penalty and they tap it quick.They look to attack wide and finds some space out there but the ball is lost forward. Connacht scrum deep inside their ownm half
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Connacht clears into touch an d wins the ball back at the line-out as they look to attack
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The away team secures their line-out ball and looks to maul but the ball is lost forward and the pressure is relieved for the home team
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Kings wins a scrum penalty and opts for touch. Banda finds touch 10m out. The Kings look to maul before they shift it wide. The ref playing advantage and the penalty is awarded as the Kings opts for touch again
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Connacht dominating the scrum and wining a penalty. They opt for touch and finds it close to their own 10.
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Touch is found a couple of metres away as the Kings look to drive before they shift it wide and Luvuyo Pupuma goes over but after the ref goes upstairs his decision is overruled by the TMO no try lost forward. Connacht scrum on their own 5
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Finlay Bealham is sent of with a yellow card for a shoulder charge after the ref went upstairs. The Kings opt for touch
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Play continues with a scrum for the home team as the away team kicked it before play was stopped. The Kings wins a free-kick and looks to run it quick. They find some space through Coleman before the ball is intercepted by a green player
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Play is stopped for an injury
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Kings scrum inside their own half and the home team applies pressure on the scrum but the KIngs manages to hold onto the ball
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The home team goes back on the attack after the restart with Healy finding space in the midfield. Play goes up and down the field as both teams struggle to hold onto the ball
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Carty makes sure of the kick
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Connacht attacking 10m away from the try line of the KIngs and edging closer before the ref awards the penalty he was playing advantage for. The men in green opts for goal and Carty lines it up
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The home team wins a free kick and opts to scrum again
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Kings scrum on their own 22. the ball is knocked on at the scrum as possession changes hand and the home team gets a scrum in striking distance
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The Kings look to attack wide and then they bring it back the other way. The ball is passed into touch and the home team the ball is kicked through as they look to apply pressure.
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Connacht gets the 2nd half on the way and the Kings look to attack wide. They win a penalty for a high tackle and opt for touch. Touch found inside their own half

Half Time

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Carty adds the extras
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The home team plays a few phases before Ultan Dillane muscles over for a try
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Scrum penalty for the home team and they opt for a scrum 5m away to the right side side of the field
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Penalty awarded to the home team and they opt for touch they look to attack the midfield again and finds space. Edging closer 5m out before the ball is passed forward
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After the restart Connacht wins a penalty and opts for touch. They look to attack the midfield and Aki finds space
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Carty adds the extras
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The home team puts pressure on the kick-off and wins the ball back. They attack wide and finds some space as Eoghan Masterson dives over for a try against the run of play
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Coleman fails to add the extras
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The Kingslook to bash it over but the Connacht defense holds strong. The Kings shifts it wide with a well timed pass by Masimla as Klaasen has some work to do before he scores
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The Kings win the ball back and looks dangerous on the counter. They find space wide and edges closer 5m away before they win a penalty and opt for touch
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From the restart the home team goes back on the attack and proving unstoppable for the Kings defense.
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Carty lines it up and strikes it perfectly
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Masimla feeds the scrum but the home team wins a scrum penalty in good kicking position
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Coonacht looking to counter on the KIng's mistakes and they find some space before losing the ball forward. Kings scrum inside their own half
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The home team manages to retain possession and wins a penalty. They opt for touch and find it on the away teams 22 as they look to maul
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Kings defending strongly and they win a penalty on the ground. Coleman finds touch on the opposition's 10
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After the restart the KIngs concedes a penalty and the home team opts for touch, finding it close to the half
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Carty adds the extras
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Touch is found 8m away as the home team finds some momentum with their maul. They attack the blind and build a few phases before they go wide and Farrell scores
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Connacht finding some momentum and playing through a few phases before they win a penalty and opt for touch
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Kings line-out after the ball is kicked into touch by a green player.The KIngs look to attack the midfield and they win a penalty on the ground. Penalty is reversed as Sithole sees yellow for a neck roll
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Connachlooks to maul from the line-out but is penalised for obstruction. The Kings opts for touch
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Connacht wins the ball back and looks to attack. They win a penalty in kicking range but opts for touch
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After the Kings secured their line-out ball they attack wide but the ball is turned over and a Connacht player kicks the ball through to find space at the back but the touch line wins the race
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The home team looks to attack looks to attack wide but the KIngs defense holds strong and forces them to clear into touch
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Connacht scrum deep inside their own half as Marmion feeds the scrum. They win a penalty and opt for touch
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The Kings look to attack the blind but the ball is lost forward. Connacht scrum but the Kings wins a free kick and Masimla taps it quickly. They find some space in the midfield before the ball is lost forward
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The Kings get the game on the way with a deep kick-off by Coleman and right away the home team looks to attack. The ball is lost forward and the KIngs wins a scrum in good attacking position on the home team's 22
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It's a beautiful day for some running rugby and the man in charge of the whistle for this fixture is Mike Adamson. The players are doing their final preparations before taking to the field
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The Irish team Connacht hosts a few exciting names in their team players to look out for in their line-up would have to be Tiernan O'Halloran, Sean O'Brien and Finlay Bealham while the Kings will expect fireworks from Kurt Coleman, Godlen Masimla and Michael Willimse who all hail from the Western Province
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Connacht have now slipped to five successive Pro14 defeats since their 22-19 victory in Edinburgh in April. Connacht have lost their last three fixtures at the Sportsground but have not lost four in succession in the venue in the championship since November 2013. Southern Kings make their first ever visit to Ireland having lost their last two matches, at home to Cheetahs in Super Rugby on 14 July and in Llanelli last Saturday.
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Welcome to Sportsground, Galway, where Connacht will take on the Southern Kings in this Pro 14 fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Tiernan O'Halloran
  • 14 Darragh Leader
  • 13 Tom Farrell
  • 12 Bundee Aki
  • 11 Matt Healy
  • 10 Jack Carty
  • 9 Kieran Marmion
  • 8 John Muldoon
  • 7 Jarrad Butler
  • 6 Sean O'Brien
  • 5 James Cannon
  • 4 Ultan Dillane
  • 3 Finlay Bealham
  • 2 Tom McCartney
  • 1 Denis Buckley
RESERVES
  • 23 Eoin Griffin
  • 22 Steve Crosbie
  • 21 Caolin Blade
  • 20 Eoghan Masterson
  • 19 Quinn Roux
  • 18 Conor Carey
  • 17 Denis Coulson
  • 16 Dave Heffernan
START LINE UP
  • 15 Masixole Banda
  • 14 Yaw Penxe
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 12 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 11 Sibusiso Sithole
  • 10 Oliver Zono
  • 9 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 8 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 7 Victor Sekekete
  • 6 Mzamo Majola
  • 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 4 Stephan Greeff
  • 3 Luvuyo Pupuma
  • 2 Michael Willemse
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
RESERVES
  • 23 Jacques Nel
  • 22 Ntabeni Dukisa
  • 21 Godlen Masimla
  • 20 Siyabulela Mdaka
  • 19 Bobby de Wee
  • 18 Martin Dreyer
  • 17 Petrus Strauss
  • 16 Stephan Coetzee
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PREVIEW: PRO14, ROUND TWO

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:08

SECOND CHANCES: The Pro14 is under way after Round One saw the championship kick off in flying style across Ireland and
Wales.

The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings from South Africa made their bows in the championship and their attacking approach has already won them plenty of admirers.

With five clubs making their first appearances on home soil across Ireland, Scotland and Italy this weekend every country bar South Africa will have had its taste of Pro14 action - before the Cheetahs and Kings kick-off their home campaigns in Round Three.

The action begins on Friday when Leinster host Cardiff Blues in Dublin where the two teams played out a thrilling game at the RDS last season scoring three tries apiece.

The result went right to the wire with Leinster managing to claim a 22-21 victory after some incredible counter-attacking play from Cardiff Blues threatened an upset in the Irish capital.

Elsewhere on Friday, Richard Cockerill will get his first experience of championship action at Myreside fresh from Edinburgh's win over Cardiff Blues. Bernard Jackman's Dragons are the visitors to Edinburgh and the Welsh side will be looking to bounce back from their opening-round loss to Leinster.

Saturday's games sees both South African teams complete their initial mini-tours to the Northern Hemisphere - with Munster welcoming the Cheetahs to Thomond Park, while the Southern Kings visit the wild Atlantic coast to take on Connacht in Galway.

Benetton and Zebre make their first appearances on home soil this weekend - with Ulster and defending champions Scarlets travelling to Italy. Benetton will be eager to improve on their defeat to Munster, while Zebre put in a resolute display away to Ospreys in Round One and will want to back that up against Scarlets.

Pick of the round: Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys

On paper this looks like a fixture that could occur at the Pro14 Final with both of these teams boasting robust title credentials. Glasgow Warriors secured a durable win in Galway last weekend in their first game under new coach Dave Rennie and they will have the backing of a capacity crowd at Scotstoun.

Ospreys found life difficult at times against Zebre in Round One, but the keen finishing ability of Keelan Giles ensured that they claimed victory at Liberty Stadium. Giles is a superb young talent whose breakthrough into the first team last season was marked by seven tries in 13 starts. Steve Tandy's men have a reputation for growing stronger as the season progresses and a win in Scotland would send a clear signal about their intent to win a fifth championship title. However, the Warriors have title ambitions of their own and this promises to be a cracker in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Opta Top Performers - Round One
* Tackles made: 22 - John Hardie (Edinburgh)
* Carries: 23 - Sebastian Negri (Benetton)
* Defenders beaten: eight - Steffan Evans (Scarlets)
* Offloads: five - Steffan Evans (Scarlets)
* Breaks: four - Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets)
* Metres made: 209 - Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets)
* Turnovers won: three - James Davies (Scarlets)
* Line-out steals: two - Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) / Ben Toolis (Edinburgh)

PRO14 CONFERENCES

CONFERENCE A: Cardiff Blues, Cheetahs, Connacht, Glasgow Warriors, Munster, Ospreys, Zebre
CONFERENCE B: Benetton, Dragons, Edinburgh, Southern Kings, Leinster, Scarlets, Ulster

We look at all the Round Two matches!

Friday , September 8

EDINBURGH v NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS
(Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Edinburgh have won their last three Pro14 matches but have not won four in a row in the championship since the opening four rounds of the 205/16 season.

Edinburgh's most recent match at Myreside was also against Dragons, in Round 21 last season, with the Scotsmen's 24-20 victory being their first victory at the venue in the PRO14 since they beat Ospreys there in February 2015.

Dragons only victory in their last fourteen Pro14 matches was 26-8 at home to Benetton last January.

The Welshmen have not been victorious on the road in the tournament since a trip to Treviso in March 2015, whilst they have not won in Scotland since visiting Glasgow in November 2013.

Edinburgh have lost only two of their last nine encounters with Dragons in the championship, both at Rodney Parade, in May 2015 and November 2016.

Dragons most recent success on Edinburgh soil came at Murrayfield in March 2012.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Robbie Fruean, 11 Jason Harries, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements 16 Ross Ford, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Simon Berghan 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Jason Tovey, 23 Junior Rasolea.

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Tyler Morgan 12, Sam Beard, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Gavin Henson, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Harrison Keddie, 7 James Benjamin, 6 James Thomas, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Leon Brown, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Phil Price, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Max Williams, 21 Owain Leonard, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Adam Hughes.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni (both South Africa)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland)

LEINSTER v CARDIFF BLUES
(RDS Arena, Dublin - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Leinster's only defeat in their last 12 regular season Pro14 matches was 13-17 at Ulster in Round Two last season.

The Leinstermen were defeated 15-27 by Scarlets in the 2016/17 semifinal in their most recent game at the RDS Arena ending a run of 20 successive victories at the venue in all tournaments.

Cardiff Blues' 10-20 reversal at home to Edinburgh in Round One ended their four game unbeaten run in the Pro14.

The Blues have not been victorious outside of Wales since an 18-17 win in Edinburgh in February.

Blues have not begun a PRO14 campaign with a pair of defeats since season 2009/10.

Cardiff Blues only victory over an Irish province last season was 24-23 at Munster in Round Two.

Leinster have won their last twelve games against the Blues in the PRO14, although in each of the last three the Welshmen have gained a losing bonus point, and in two games were defeated by a single point.

Cardiff Blues only previous victory in Leinster since the region were formed in 2003 was 22-18 at Donnybrook in March 2004.

The teams:

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O'Loughlin, 12 Isa Nacewa (captain), 11 Jordan Larmour, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Barry Daly.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 A Cuthbert, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Tom James, 10 Steve Shingler, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Josh Turnbull, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 2 Matthew Rees (captain), 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 James Down, 20 Sion Bennett, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy, Eddie Hagan-O'Connell (both Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Saturday, September 9

GLASGOW WARRIORS v OSPREYS
(Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow - Kick-off: 16.15; 15.15 GMT)

Glasgow Warriors beat Connacht 18-12 in Galway on Saturday and have lost just a single fixture in either Round One or Two since 2012: 10-16 at home to Scarlets in Round One of the 20145/16 campaign.

The Warriors lost their most recent game at Scotstoun 18-29 to their near neighbours, Edinburgh, in Round 22 last season.

Ospreys beat Zebre 22-13 in Round One, to record only their second victory in the Guinness PRO12 since early March.

Ospreys have not won away from home in the championship since beating Edinburgh at Myreside in Round 17 last season.

Ospreys only defeat to Warriors in their last five meetings was 19-31 at Scotstoun in November 2015.

The Welshmen have made five previous visits to Scotstoun, losing the first four but taking the most recent in November 2016, 22-5.

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Jamie Bhatti. 
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Matt Fagerson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Leonardo Sarto.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Cory Allen, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 James King, 7 Justin Tipuric (captain), 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Lloyd Ashley, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James. 
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Jay Baker.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Manuel Bottino (Italy), Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
TMO: Stefano Penne (Italy)

BENETTON v ULSTER
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 18.05; 16.05 GMT)

Benetton's last six matches in the Pro14 have been evenly shared with three wins and three defeats - the Italians have not lost successive fixtures since March.

Benetton have won two of their last three matches at Stadio Monigo but have not beaten an Irish province at any venue since Connacht visited Treviso in April 2016.

Ulster have won their last two Pro14 matches, against Leinster and Cheetahs, but both games were played in Belfast.

The Ulstermen have won just twice on the road since early December, at Zebre in February and at Dragons in March.

Benetton's only previous victory over Ulster in any competition was 23-12 in Belfast in the Pro14 in October 2011.

Teams:

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Alberto Sgarbi (captain), 12 Tommaso Allan, 11 Tommaso Benvenuti, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Engjel Makelara, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Marco Barbini, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Marco Zanon.

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Andrew Trimble (captain), 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Jean Deysel, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Matthew Rea, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Robbie Diack, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Callum Black. 
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Peter Browne, 20 Chris Henry, 21 David Shanahan, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Luke Marshall.

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies (Wales), Claudio Blessano (Italy)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

MUNSTER v CHEETAHS
(Thomond Park, Limerick - Kick-off: 17.15; 16.15 GMT)

Munster have lost just once in the regular season of the Pro14 since round 6 last year: 21-13 to champions Scarlets in Limerick in February.

The Munstermen have lost only once at home in any competition since Cardiff Blues won 24-23 in Cork exactly 12 months ago.

Cheetahs remain in Ireland following their 19-42 reversal to Ulster in Belfast last weekend.

The Cheetahs have not lost successive games since they visited New Zealand in Super in May.

The two teams have never met before.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O'Donoghue, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Sean O'Connor, 5 Billy Holland (captain), 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Liam O'Connor.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Fineen Wycherley, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 James Hart, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Simon Zebo.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robbie Petzer, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ryno Benjamin.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Davies (Wales), Mark Patton (Ireland)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

CONNACHT v SOUTHERN KINGS
(Sportsground, Galway - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 GMT)

Connacht have now slipped to five successive Pro14 defeats since their 22-19 victory in Edinburgh in April.

Connacht have lost their last three fixtures at the Sportsground but have not lost four in succession in the venue in the championship since November 2013.

Southern Kings make their first ever visit to Ireland having lost their last two matches, at home to Cheetahs in Super Rugby on 14 July and in Llanelli last Saturday.

The two reams have never met before.

Teams:

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Darragh Leader, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 James Cannon, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley. 
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Eoghan Masterson, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Steve Crosbie, 23 Eoin Griffin.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Entienne Swanepoel/Martin Dreyer, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Oliver Zono, 23 Jacques Nel.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen (Scotland), Joy Neville (Ireland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

ZEBRE v SCARLETS
(Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma - Kick-off: 20.35; 18.35 GMT)

Zebre's most recent victory in the Pro14 was 29-14 at home to Dragons on 8 April.

Zebre have won two of their last three encounters at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.

Scarlets have lost only once in the Pro14 in 2017: 9-45 to Leinster at the RDS Arena on 4 March, a run which has seen them score at least four tries in seven of their last eleven encounters.

The Welshmen have won their last fourteen fixtures against Italian opponents, with their most recent defeat to a team from Italy being at home to Benetton in May 2013.

Scarlets have not lost in Italy since a 20-22 reversal in Treviso in September 2012.

Scarlets have never lost to Zebre, but the two sides did play out a 16-all draw in Parma in October 2013.

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Ciaran Gaffney, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Giovanni D'Onofrio, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Jacopo Sarto, 5 Valerio Bernabò, 4 David Sisi, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Tommaso D'Apice, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 George Biagi, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Serafin Bordoli, 23 Mattia Bellini.

Scarlets: 15 Johnny Mcnicholl, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 John Barclay (captain), 7 Will Boyde, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Tom Price, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Paul Asquith.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Vincenzo Schipani (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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Connacht serve Kings with a cold defeat

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 18:00

PRO14 REPORT: Ireland side Connacht got their Pro14 campaign back on track with a 32-10 win over the struggling South African side the SOuthern Kings.

Both sides went into the game still searching for their first victory of the new campaign, but it was the home side who enjoyed the brighter start.

The Kings, looking to bounce back from their opening round 10-57 defeat to champions Scarlets last weekend, saw wing Sibusio Shithole sinbinned in the opening ten minutes for dangerous play.

And the Irish outfit capitalised with the extra man as Tom Farrell raced under the posts for his first try of the season before Jack Carty converted.

More pressure on the Kings’ scrum ensured Carty slotted home a penalty to give his side a 10-0 advantage after half an hour.

It was Connaught who showcased more glimpses of expansive rugby, as Yaw Penxe – the historic scorer of the PRO14’s first try last weekend – could not match the occasional fiery breaks made by opposite man Matt Healy and the physicality of Bundee Aki.

But the South African outfit showed resilience by breaking into the Connacht’s 22 to pull a try back through Berton Klaasen, who showed enough strength to touch down and restore hope for the southern hemisphere newcomers.

But the home side responded almost instantly at the other end, after Carty timed his offload perfectly to find the fresh legs of replacement Eoghan Masterson for a simple try.

Carty added the conversion to restore Connacht’s 12-point lead.

And the home side added a third on the cusp of half-time, when Ultan Dillane charged over to put Connacht in the driving seat at the break with a 24-5 lead.

The western province started the second half in the same manner they had finished the first, pinning the Kings in their own 22 and were rewarded for their territory through a Carty penalty.

Finlay Bealham saw yellow for a cynical shoulder charge on Masixole Banda, but, as Connacht had earlier in the game, the Kings could not capitalise on the extra player as Luvuyo Pupuma was held up on the line.

And Kieran Keane’s side ensured they grabbed a much sought after bonus point as the outreached arm of Darragh Leader was enough to beat Masixole Banda and Oliver Zono in the corner with ten minutes to play.

Despite struggling to convert points into possession, the Kings showed glimpses of already acclimatising to life in the northern hemisphere, characterised by the physical strength of Luvuyo Pupuma, who powered over for the Deon David’s side late on.

But Zono’s missed the conversion as the Kings return to South Africa in search of their maiden win.

The scorers:

For Connacht:
Tries:
 Farrell, Masterson, Dillane, Leader
Cons: Carty 3
Pens: Carty 2

For Kings:
Tries:
Klaasen, Pupuma

Yellow Cards: Sibusiso Sithole (Southern Kings, 11-dangerous play), Finlay Bealham (Connacht, 52- shoulder charge), John Muldoon (Connacht, 75 - shoulder charge)

Teams:

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Darragh Leader, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 James Cannon, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley. 
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Eoghan Masterson, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Steve Crosbie, 23 Eoin Griffin.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Entienne Swanepoel/Martin Dreyer, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Oliver Zono, 23 Jacques Nel.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen (Scotland), Joy Neville (Ireland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Source: @Pro14Official

 

 

Tom Farrell (14min), Eoghan Masterson (33min), Ultan Dillane (40min), and Darragh Leader (69min)
TRIES
Berton Klaasen (31min) and Luvuyo Pupuma (77min)
Jack Carty (15min), Jack Carty (34min), Jack Carty (40min), and Steve Crosbie (70min)
CONVERSIONS
Jack Carty (26min) and Jack Carty (47min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Finlay Bealham (52min) and John Muldoon (75min)
Sibusiso Sithole (11min)
 
 
VENUE Sportsground
REFEREE TBC