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Pro14 | Myreside
19:35 (GMT) | 05-01-2018
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Join us on Saturday afternoon for some more Pro 14 action as Bennetton Treviso host the Cheetahs at the Stadio Monigo before Leinster do battle with Ulster at the RDS and Munster play Connacht at Thomond Park
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Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from just outside the Kings 22. That will be the game congratulations to Edinburgh on a well deserved 37-7 victory over the Southern Kings in this round 13 Pro 14 clash
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Jaco van der Walt puts in a well timed grubber kick for Dougie Fife to chase and Fife chases well and dots down for the try for Edinburgh
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The Kings concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown inside the Edinburgh half and Edinburgh are looking to finish the game strong as Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Kings 22
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Ntabeni Dukisa converts his try for the Kings with an accurate kick at poles from just outside the Edinburgh 22 on an angle
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The Kings have something to show for their efforts throughout the game as Ntabeni Dukisa dives over in limited space for a try in the corner after a patient build-up from the Kings which saw Ntabeni Dukisa chase a grubber kick and dot down for the try
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Jaco van der Walt keeps his radar going with an accurate kick at poles from the Kings 22. Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion sailing through the poles and Edinburgh now lead 32-0
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Try time! Edinburgh jump up and win the lineout on the Kings five metre line, the Kings are unable to deal with the powerful rolling maul and Cameron Fenton controls the ball at the back of the maul and crashes over for the pushover try and the bonus point try for Edinburgh
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Sean Kennedy looks for space behind the Kings defensive line with a grubber kick straight from the base of the scrum just on the Kings 22. The Kings concede the penalty and Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout for Edinburgh with a touch finder on the Kings five meter line
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Edinburgh switch the direction of play as they look to up the tempo and play an attacking game as they go wide with quick hands deep inside the Kings half
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The Kings kick the ball straight onto Blair Kinghorn on the wing who puts his foot on the accelerator and puts in the chip kick inside the Kings 22. The ball beats Kinghorn into touch and the Kings have the defensive lineout inside their 22
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Stuart McInally looks left and right for options before he decides to take the direct route and run straight and hard at the line before he is brought to ground outside the Kings 22
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The Kings win possession at the scrum just outside their 22 and Martin Du Toit makes the exit kick with a kick up field for the Kings
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Duhan Van der Merwe breaks the tackle before he is brought to ground by the Kings defense just outside the Edinburgh 22
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Fresh legs off the bench for Edinburgh as Sean Kennedy replaces scrumhalf Nathan Fowles
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Jaco van der Walt adds the extra two points for Edinburgh with the successful conversion from just outside the Kings 22 on the angle. Edinburgh now lead 25-0
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Kurt Coleman with plenty of commitment on defence as he drives his opponent back in the tackle but the Kings are at sixes and sevens on defence on the wing as Jaco van der Walt shows and goes and draws in the Kings defence on the wing with some good footwork before he plays the ball wide into space. The Kings manage to track back and bring Edinburgh to ground. Edinburgh go through the phases before Jaco van der Walt plays the long pass on the wing to Duhan Van der Merwe who dots down for the try
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Blair Kinghorn runs a good angle as he receives the ball with plenty of pace straight from the scrum just short of halfway. Martinus Burger concedes the penalty for a high tackle on Kinghorn and Edinburgh set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just short of the Kings 22
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The scrum goes down and the referee asks for a reset. Edinburgh will have another attacking scrum just short of halfway
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Jaco van der Walt has his kicking boots on tonight as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate kick at poles from the Kings 22
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The Kings are blown up for an offside infringement inside their 22 and Jaco van der Walt will look t add the extra three points with the kick at poles
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The Kings concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum inside the Edinburgh 22. Edinburgh are unable to find touch from the penalty but they chase well and put the Kings under all sorts of pressure just outside the Kings 22. The Kings make the exit with the box kick but Edinburgh look to counter attack from inside the Kings half
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The Kings win the ball at the scrum just outside the Edinburgh 22. The Kings look to step inside the tackle but they knock the ball forward and Edinburgh will have the defensive scrum deep inside their own half
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Jaco van der Walt takes his eye off the ball and knocks the ball forward. The Kings have the defensive scrum just inside their own half
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The Kings concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown deep inside the Edinburgh half and Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for Edinburgh with a touch finder just short of the Kings ten meter line
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Kurt Coleman gets the second half underway for the Kings with a short hanging kick which travels just past the Edinburgh ten metre line. The Kings chase well from the restart and manage to win the ball in the air

Half Time

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Edinburgh concede the penalty for an infringement on the Kings five meter line and Kurt Coleman sends the ball into touch for half time. Edinburgh lead 15-0 at the break. Stay tuned for the second half which will follow shortly
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High fives all around for Edinburgh at scrum time as they are awarded the penalty for a dominant scrum just outside the Kings 22. Edinburgh are looking to finish the half in style as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Kings 22
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Cornell du Preez picks and goes from the base of the ruck and gives Edinburgh go forward ball on the Kings ten metre line
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Edinburgh concede the penalty just outside their 22 but Kurt Coleman is unable to find touch from the penalty and Blair Kinghorn makes the exit kick for Edinburgh with a touch finder just short of the Kings 22. The Kings have the defensive lineout
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Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion sailing through the poles from just outside the Kings 22 on the angle. Edinburgh now lead 15-0
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Edinburgh have all the momentum at the moment as Blair Kinghorn makes the break for Edinburgh with a powerful run up field. The Kings defence is at sixes and sevens and Kinghorn finds his support player with a well timed pass. The grubber is put through for Kinghorn to chase and he makes no mistake in chasing the ball and dotting down for the five pointer
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Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from just outside the 22. Edinburgh lead 8-0
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Try time! Grant Gilchrist charges the ball down inside the Kings 22 meter line after an attempted clearance kick from Rudi van Rooyen. Gilchrist chases well and dots the ball down for the five pointer
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The Kings concede the penalty for an infringement outside their own 22. Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for Edinburgh with a touch finder inside the Kings 22
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Jaco van der Walt with good vision as he plays the cross field kick on the wing with pinpoint accuracy. The Kings manage to rush up on defence and bring Edinburgh to ground just short of halfway
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Edinburgh win possession at the scrum inside their 22 and Nathan Fowles tests the Kings back three under the high ball with a box kick. The ball bounces off Yaw Penxe foot and goes into touch and Edinburgh will have the defensive lineout inside their own half
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The Kings look to respond straight from the restart as they take play into the Edinburgh 22 but Edinburgh force the Kings to knock the ball forward with some good defence. Edinburgh have the defensive scrum
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It looks good and it's over! Jaco van der Walt sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles from 30 meters out and Edinburgh now lead 3-0
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Andries Van Schalkwyk concedes the penalty for not rolling away at the breakdown and Jaco van der Walt will strike for poles for Edinburgh from 30 meters out
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Both teams are exchanging blows at the moment as the Kings have their turn to make all the tackling just outside their 22. Edinburgh going through the phases with some big carries
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The Kings concede the penalty for being in an offside position and collapsing the maul on their own five metre line. Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for Edinburgh with a touch finder on the Kings five metre line
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Blair Kinghorn makes a good break for Edinburgh with some quick hands on the wing as he finds Mark Bennett in space but Bennett knocks the ball forward. Edinburgh had an advantage for a penalty and Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout for Edinburgh with a touch finder on the Kings five metre line
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Edinburgh look for space on the wing as they play the wide channels but Yaw Penxe closes down the space well and makes a good tackle just outside the Kings 22
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Edinburgh concede the penalty for not rolling away at the breakdown on the Kings ten metre line and Kurt Coleman sets another attacking lineout for the Kings with a touch finder on the Edinburgh ten metre line
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Stuart McInally finds his jumper with an accurate throw at the lineout before Edinburgh look to take the ball into contact in centre field
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Blair Kinghorn sends the Kings tracking back into their own half straight from the restart with a tactical kick which travels all the way to the Kings five meter line. The Kings are quick to secure possession before they make the clearance with a touch finder on their own ten meter line. Edinburgh have the attacking lineout
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Kurt Coleman sends his kick at poles sailing wide of the poles from just outside the 22 and Edinburgh will restart with the 22 meter drop out
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Grant Gilchrist concedes the penalty for joining the ruck at the side and Kurt Coleman will strike for poles for the Kings
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The Kings are going for broke from the penalty just outside the Edinburgh 22 as Kurt Coleman sets the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Edinburgh 22
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Rudi van Rooyen looks to go wide from the base of the scrum but his pass goes astray and the Kings are forced to track back past the Edinburgh 22. Edinburgh concede the penalty for not rolling away at the breakdown
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The Kings jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the Edinburgh five metre line and they get momentum with the rolling maul, Kings look to go wide but Edinburgh manage to bring the Kings to ground on the Edinburgh five meter line
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Magnus Bradbury is blown up for an offside infringement and the Kings are searching for the five pointer as Kurt Coleman sets the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Edinburgh 22
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High fives all around for the Kings at the breakdown as they are awarded the penalty on their own ten metre line for Hamish Watson not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Kurt Coleman sets the attacking lineout for the Kings from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Edinburgh 22
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Referee Lloyd Linton blows his whistle and Jaco van der Walt gets the game going for Edinburgh with a deep kick which travels all the way to the Kings 22. The Kings gather possession from the kick off and they put boot to ball and make the exit kick with a touch finder on the Kings ten metre line. Edinburgh have the attacking lineout
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Lloyd Linton is our referee. Mike Adamson and Sam Grove-White will assist him. Our TMO is Neil Paterson.
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The Southern Kings have gleaned just four league points this season, gaining both a try bonus and a losing bonus in successive matches, at home to Ulster and Scarlets in November.
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Edinburgh's four-game winning run in all competitions ended with their 0-17 defeat to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on 30 December - the first time Edinburgh had been nilled in the Pro14 for over three years. The Scotsmen's only defeat at home this season was when Benetton were the visitors in Round Three of the Pro14.
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TEAM NEWS, SOUTHERN KINGS: Fullback Ntabeni Dukisa starts alongside wing Yaw Penxe and Alshaun Bock in the back three combination and flyhalf Kurt Coleman starts alongside scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen in the halfback combination
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TEAM NEWS, EDINBURGH: Jordan Levy starts at loosehead prop for Edinburgh and he is joined in the front row by Stuart McInally who will wear the number 2 jersey. Tighthead prop Murray McCallum completes the front row combination for Edinburgh and flyhalf Jaco van der Walt together with scrumhalf Nathan Fowles will form the halfback combination
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365's live commentary of this Pro 14 round 13 clash between Edinburgh and the Southern Kings from Myreside Stadium in Edinburgh
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jordan Lay
  • 2 Stuart McInally
  • 3 Murray McCallum
  • 4 Ben Toolis
  • 5 Grant Gilchrist
  • 6 Magnus Bradbury
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Cornell du Preez
  • 9 Nathan Fowles
  • 10 Jaco van der Walt
  • 11 Duhan Van der Merwe
  • 12 Phil Burleigh
  • 13 Mark Bennett
  • 14 Dougie Fife
  • 15 Blair Kinghorn
RESERVES
  • 16 Cameron Fenton
  • 17 Elliot Millar-Mills
  • 18 Matt Shields
  • 19 Fraser McKenzie
  • 20 Viliami Mata
  • 21 Sean Kennedy
  • 22 Chris Dean
  • 23 Damien Hoyland
START LINE UP
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
  • 2 Stephan Coetzee
  • 3 Rossouw de Klerk
  • 4 Jurie van Vuuren
  • 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 6 Bredenkamp Eitel
  • 7 Martinus Burger
  • 8 Ruaan Lerm
  • 9 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 10 Kurt Coleman
  • 11 Alshaun Bock
  • 12 Martin Du Toit
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 14 Yaw Penxe
  • 15 Ntabeni Dukisa
RESERVES
  • 16 Tango Balekile
  • 17 Njabulo Gumede
  • 18 Pieter Scholtz
  • 19 Lindokuhle Welemu
  • 20 Freddy Ngoza
  • 21 Rowan Gouws
  • 22 Godlen Masimla
  • 23 Harlon Klaasen
  • 24 Masixole Banda
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Preview: Pro14, Round 13

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:45

RETURN OF THE NEWCOMERS: The Pro14 has plenty of storylines to offer in Round 13, with more Welsh and Irish derbies on the fixture list.

At the same time, the South African teams return to action after their mid-season break.

The festive derbies drew bumper crowds with close to 150,000 attending during Rounds 11 and 12 across Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Round 12 also saw a number of nail-biting finishes with Cardiff Blues v Scarlets, Leinster v Connacht and Zebre v Benetton going
right down to the final play of the game.

This weekend the northern teams will look to cement their places before returning to European action while the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will face each other in back-to-back games after their trips Italy & Scotland.

What's at Stake

The Southern Kings return to Pro14 action with a trip to Scotland to face Edinburgh.

Edinburgh will be buoyed by their Derby win over Glasgow Warriors in Round 11 and the Conference B side will be keenly aware that they could close the gap on third-placed Ulster. Although the Kings have been improving, Richard Cockerill's men are in form and chasing their 10th win out of 12 games in all competitions.

Champions Scarlets entertain Dragons, having shown some serious grit in the previous Derby games with Ospreys and Cardiff Blues to stay on top of Conference B. Scarlets are just two points ahead of 2nd-placed Leinster and have not lost in their last 16 home games in the Championship. Dragons, however, will provide plenty of muscle in this contest having performed well in their past two Derbies despite those losses and if Wayne Pivac's team take their eye off the ball then the visitors may well spring a shock.

On Saturday, Benetton takes on the Cheetahs, after two wins over Zebre. This out of Conference fixture will have an impact on both teams with the hosts trying to stay in touch with Edinburgh, who currently occupy the Champions Cup play-off place in Conference B, while the South Africans have some ground to make up on Munster who is second in Conference A. If Benetton can get a win here it will be their third consecutive Championship victory, a feat they last achieved in 2012.

Munster takes on Connacht at Thomond Park and the home team need to regain momentum after losses to both Leinster and Ulster in recent rounds. The men in red have lost all four interprovincial Derbies in the Pro14 this season, including away to Connacht in the reverse fixture. History is against the Westerners with Connacht having won just two away Derby games in the history of the Championship, but Kieran Keane's team have improved over the past six weeks and they will draw inspiration from their 2015 victory at the Limerick ground.

Ospreys face Cardiff Blues in Swansea and this will an intense match-up between two sides will plenty to play for. Despite a slow start to the season, Ospreys can still make up ground to get into the Champions Cup play-off position. The Blues will be keen to qualify automatically and their current hold on fourth place would be enough to make it into the Champions Cup if the Cheetahs finish above them.

Pick of the Round Leinster v Ulster

This Conference B clash will have a bearing on the title ambitions of both teams with Leinster in second looking to stretch the gap between Ulster in third. After a record defeat to Connacht in Round 11, Ulster produced a record comeback against Munster in Round 12 and the stakes are high going into this game in Dublin.

Leinster have back-to-back wins over Munster and Connacht and need another victory here to keep on the heels of 1st-placed Scarlets. This promises to be a fiery affair with so much at stake for both teams and their players, who are eager to impress ahead of Europe and the Six Nations.

Top Performers - Round 12
* Tackles made: 34 Josh van der Flier (Leinster)
* Carries: 21 Bundee Aki (Connacht)
* Defenders beaten: 8 Charles Piutau (Ulster) / Bundee Aki (Connacht)
* Offloads: 7 James Lowe (Leinster)
* Breaks: 3 Multiple Players
* Metres made: 167 Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues)
* Turnovers won: 3 Max Deegan (Leinster)
* line-out steals: 1 Multiple Players

We look at all the Round 13 matches!

Friday, January 5

EDINBURGH v SOUTHERN KINGS
(Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 19.35; 21.35 SA time; 19.35 GMT)

Edinburgh's four-game winning run in all competitions ended with their 0-17 defeat to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on 30 December - the first time Edinburgh had been nilled in the Pro14 for over three years.

The Scotsmen's only defeat at home this season was when Benetton were the visitors in Round Three of the Pro14.

The Southern Kings have gleaned just four league points this season, gaining both a try bonus and a losing bonus in successive matches, at home to Ulster and Scarlets in November.

The Kings were defeated on their only previous visit to Scotland: 13-43 to Glasgow at Scotstoun in Round Seven.

The two sides have met once before, on 1 December in Port Elizabeth with Edinburgh victorious 48-21.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Elliot Millar-Mills, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Damien Hoyland.

Southern Kings: 15 Ntabeni Dukisa, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Eitel Bredenkamp, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Njabulo Gumede, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Gouws Rowan/Godlen Masimla, 22 Harlon Klaasen, 23 Masixole Banda.

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson, Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

SCARLETS v DRAGONS
(Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli - Kickoff: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Scarlets only loss since Round 3 of the Pro14 was 21-28 to Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on 2 December.

Scarlets have won their last sixteen home games in the Championship since Munster beat them at there in September 2016.

Dragons are without a win in the last seven rounds of the Pro14, although they did draw 32-all at home to Ulster on 1 December.

Dragons have not won away from home in the Championship since a trip to Treviso in March 2015.

Dragons only success over a fellow Welsh region in the Pro14 since 2013 was on a visit to Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day 2014.

Scarlets have lost only one of their last eighteen fixtures with Dragons in the Championship: 16-23 at Rodney Parade in September 2013 whilst Dragons only previous success on Scarlets soil since the regions were formed in 2003 was on their final visit to Stradey Park in September 2007.

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Ioan Nicholas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 8 John Barclay, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens (captain), 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 Will Boyde, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Morgan Williams.

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Arwel Robson, 9 Dan Babos, 8 James Benjamin, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Joe Davies, 3 Nicky Thomas, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Luke Garrett.
Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Jarryd Sage.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi (Italy), Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Saturday, January 6

BENETTON v CHEETAHS
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 14.15; 15.15 SA time; 13.15 GMT)

Benetton won both of their festive fixtures against near-neighbours Zebre but have not won three in a row in the Pro14 since December 2012.

The Italian's three home wins in the Championship this season were against Ospreys in Round 4, Southern Kings in Round Six and Zebre in Round 11.

Cheetahs have lost just twice since Round 2 in the Pro14, at home to Glasgow on 6 October and away to Connacht on 4 November.

Cheetahs beat Zebre 24-23 on their only previous visit to Italy in Round 7.

This is the two sides' first meeting.

Teams:

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Dean Budd (captain), 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Fuser, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Ian McKinley.

Cheetahs: 15 Craig Barry, 14 William Small Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Makazola Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga,  9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Botha Tom, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Adriaan Coertzen.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

OSPREYS v CARDIFF BLUES
(Liberty Stadium, Swansea - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Ospreys' 22-9 victory at Dragons on New Year's Eve ended a four-game losing run in the Pro14; in fact, Ospreys have won just twice in the Championship since the opening weekend and both were against Dragons.

Ospreys two Pro14 victories this season at Liberty Stadium were against Zebre in Round One and Dragons in Round Seven.

Cardiff Blues record in the last ten rounds of the Pro14 is an even won five, lost five.

Blues have won just twice away from home in the Championship this season, at Connacht in Round 4 and at Dragons in Round 11.

Blues won their most recent fixture against Ospreys 35-17 at Principality Stadium on 'Judgement Day V' in April to end an 11-game losing run to Ospreys in the Pro14.

Cardiff Blues only previous victory at Liberty Stadium in the Championship was on their very first visit in December 2005.

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Sam Davies, 14 Dan Evans, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Rob McCusker, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Will Jones, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 James Hook, 23 Dafydd Howells.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 Damian Welch, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Kristian Dacey (captain), 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 George Earle, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Adam Jones (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

ZEBRE v GLASGOW WARRIORS
(Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma - Kick-off: 16.30; 15.30 GMT)

Zebre's only victory since the end of September was 24-10 at home to Connacht in Round 10 in the Pro14.

The Italians have beaten a Scottish opponent just once since 2015: 19-14 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October 2016.

Glasgow Warriors only defeat in the Pro14 this season was by a single point to Edinburgh at Murrayfield on 23 December.

The Warriors have lost three of their last four away games in all competitions, but have not lost to an Italian opponent since Benetton visited Firhill in September 2011.

The two sides have met on ten previous occasions with Glasgow victorious in each instance.

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Rory Parata, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Maxime Mbandà, 5 George Biagi, 4 David Sisi, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Tommaso D’Apice, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Maicol Azzolini, 23 Ciaran Gaffney.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Nick Grigg, 11 Niko Matawalu, 10 Finn Russell, 9 George Horne, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Adam Ashe, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Brandon Thomson.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

LEINSTER v ULSTER
(RDS Arena, Dublin - Kick-off: 17.35; 17.35 GMT)

Leinster have lost only once in any tournament since the end of September: 21-31 at Glasgow in Round Eight of the Pro14.

The Leinstermen have lost just once at home in the Pro14 since February 2015: 15-27 at the RDS Arena to Scarlets in last season's semifinal.

Ulster has lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions: 16-44 to Connacht in Galway on 23 December, whilst their only victory away to a fellow Irish province since April 2015 was on a trip to Connacht in December 2015.

Leinster have lost only one of their last four fixtures with Ulster: 13-17 in Belfast last May.

The Ulstermen have won just once in fourteen previous visits to the RDS Arena: 22-18 in March 2013.

Overall the two provinces have met on 153 previous occasions with Leinster having the edge by 78 wins to 60 with 15 draws.

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 James Tracy, 1 Jack McGrath (captain).
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Johnny Sexton, 23 Noel Reid.

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Johnny Stewart, 8 Jean Deysel, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Pete Browne, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Callum Black.
Replacements:  16 Rob Herring, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Alan O'Connor, 20 Nick Timoney,  21 John Cooney, 22 Johnny McPhillips, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville, Shane Kierans (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

MUNSTER v CONNACHT
(Thomond Park, Limerick - Kick-off: 19.45; 19.45 GMT)

Munster have lost their last two matches, both in the Pro14, at home to Leinster and away to Ulster. They have not lost three in a row in the Championship since December 2015.

Munster have lost all four matches they have played against fellow Irish provinces this season.

Connacht's 18-21 defeat to Leinster in Dublin on New Year's Day ended a three-game winning run in all competitions.

Connacht has not won away from home in the Pro14 since beating Edinburgh at Myreside on 7 April, whilst their only two wins away from home against a fellow Irish province in the history of the Championship were against Leinster in 2002 and Munster 2015.

Connacht has the slight edge in meetings between the two provinces leading by four wins to three in fixtures since the New Year 2015, prior to this Connacht had only beaten Munster five times in eighty years.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander (captain), 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Darren O’Shea, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 James Cronin, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Robin Copeland, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Darren Sweetnam.

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Cillian Gallagher, 5 James Cannon, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Peter McCabe.
Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Conan O’Donnell, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 Paul Boyle, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Craig Ronaldson, 23 Darragh Leader.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher, Nigel Correll (Ireland)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

Mc article duhan van der merwe v south

Edinburgh dominate woeful Kings

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:00

PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Edinburgh recorded their eighth win of the season with a 37-7 bonus-point victory over the South African side the Southern Kings.

In a hailstorm at Myreside tries from Grant Gilchrist, Blair Kinghorn, Duhan van der Merwe, Cameron Fenton and Dougie Fife wrapped up a bonus-point triumph for the hosts.

Ntabeni Dukisa got the Southern Kings on the board with a late consolation try but Edinburgh’s impressive home record was never really threatened – their only defeat as hosts this season remains when Benetton Rugby were the visitors in round three.

Despite not having played a PRO14 game in more than a month, the Kings showed no signs of ring rust as they started the stronger at Myreside, setting up camp in the home 22.

However, they failed to turn territory into points as the Edinburgh defence held firm on their own line and flyhalf Kurt Coleman pulled a relatively straightforward tenth-minute penalty wide of the left upright.

As Edinburgh finally gained a foothold in the game, Jaco van der Walt slotted a three-pointer midway through the first half and that seemed to galvanise the hosts as they ran in two tries shortly after.

The first was slightly fortuitous as towering lock Gilchrist charged down a box kick from Rudi van Rooyen in his own 22, hinted at a previous life as a handy footballer by delicately tapping the ball round the covering Coleman and fell on it over the line in the right corner.

Van der Walt missed the tricky conversion but made no such mistake two minutes later following a try started and finished by Kinghorn.

The talented fullback making the initial electrifying break before Chris Dean kicked through the onrushing Kings defence, allowing Kinghorn to race away and drop on the ball in the in-goal area.

The 15-0 half-time advantage became 18-0 early in the second period as van der Walt added another penalty before the Kings were ironically undone by a South African connection on 58 minutes.

Van der Walt lobbed a pass wide to his compatriot van der Merwe who touched down in the corner to put the result beyond any doubt at 25-0.

It took 71 minutes for Edinburgh to secure the four-try bonus point and it came from an inexorable driving maul right up the middle of the field, which Fenton guided over the line for the score.

Shortly after, a dinked kick into the corner was not handled by Edinburgh defence and Dukisa opportunistically dotted down for a Kings' consolation but the Scots would have the last laugh in similar circumstances right on full-time.

Van der Walt grubber kicked through and although Masixole Banda looked perfectly placed to deal with the danger, he missed the ball when trying to dive on it allowing Fife to gleefully touch down for Edinburgh’s fifth and final try.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries
: Gilchrist, Kinghorn, Van der Merwe, Fenton, Fife
Cons: Van der Walt 3
Pens: Van der Walt 2

For Southern Kings:
Try
: Dukisa
Con: Dukisa

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Elliot Millar-Mills, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Damien Hoyland.

Southern Kings: 15 Ntabeni Dukisa, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Eitel Bredenkamp, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Njabulo Gumede, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Gouws Rowan/Godlen Masimla, 22 Harlon Klaasen, 23 Masixole Banda.

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson, Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

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Grant Gilchrist (31min), Blair Kinghorn (33min), Duhan Van der Merwe (57min), Cameron Fenton (73min), and Dougie Fife (83min)
TRIES
Ntabeni Dukisa (77min)
Jaco van der Walt (34min), Jaco van der Walt (58min), and Jaco van der Walt (74min)
CONVERSIONS
Ntabeni Dukisa (78min)
Jaco van der Walt (22min) and Jaco van der Walt (50min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Myreside ( Edinburgh , Scotland )
REFEREE TBC