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Leinster

FULL-TIME
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Ulster

Pro14 | RDS
17:35 (GMT) | 06-01-2018
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Stay tuned for more Pro 14 action as Munster host Connacht in a round 13 Pro 14 matchup which will follow this match
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FULL TIME: LEINSTER 38-7 ULSTER
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Johnny Sexton sends the ball sailing through the poles with the conversion from the Ulster 22. Congratulations to Leinster on a well deserved 38-7 victory over Ulster in this round 13 Pro 14 clash
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Ulster keep the ball among the forwards as they make metres with ball in hand before they play the ball out wide to Jean Deysel on the wing. Leinster manage to keep the ball alive as they recycle the ball at the breakdown but Leinster make the turnover at the breakdown deep inside their half and break up field as Noel Reid shows plenty of skill with a pass out the back of the hands before Johnny Sexton receives the pass and runs through for the try
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Leinster knock the ball forward just outside the Ulster 22 and Ulster are awarded the defensive scrum
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Johnny Sexton plays the wide channels as he takes the Leinster attack down the wing with a pass to Robbie Henshaw who takes the ball into contact before Ulster close down the space and bring Henshaw to ground deep inside the Ulster half
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The flags are raised! John Cooney adds the extra two points for Ulster with the conversion from an angle on the Leinster 22
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There it is for Ulster! Tommy Bowe makes the break for Ulster after running a good angle and receiving the inside ball before Jacob Stockdale finishes the move in style as he receives the pass and dots down for the five pointer and for Ulster's first try of the game
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Ulster are looking for a try to show for their efforts throughout the game but Leinster make the turnover with a committed effort from Nick McCarthy at the breakdown. Leinster make the exit kick inside their own 22 with a touch finder just short of the Leinster ten metre line. Ulster have the attacking lineout
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Johnny Sexton sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from just outside the Ulster 22 against the touchline
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Ulster concede the free-kick for an infringement at scrum time on their own 22. Leinster tap and go and look to play quick as they carry well and work their way down the wing before Robbie Henshaw sends Jordan Larmour clean through for his hat-trick try after a well timed pass on the wing
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John Cooney knocks the ball forward and Leinster will have the attacking scrum on the Ulster 22
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Ulster concede the penalty for an infringement at the scrum inside the Leinster half and Leinster set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just short of the Ulster 22
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Johnny Sexton shows and goes and looks to dummy his way through the Ulster defensive line before he throws the pass out wide and changes the direction of play on the wing. Leinster knock the ball forward and Ulster have the scrum just inside the Leinster half of the field
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Wiehahn Herbst makes a committed effort on defence as he reads the play from Leinster and rushes out of line to make a powerful tackle which sees his opponent go to ground just outside the Ulster 22
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Jack Conan takes the ball from the base of the scrum just outside the Ulster 22 and finds Robbie Henshaw with an accurate flat pass. Henshaw takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground
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Ulster replacement John Cooney with some good distribution skills inside the Ulster 22 as he finds the Ulster forwards with good decision making and controlled pace on the ball
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Jordan Larmour has been central to all of Leinster's attacking and defensive threats throughout the game as he keeps Ulster's defence honest and guessing with plenty of physicality with ball in hand and neat footwork before he is brought to ground inside the Ulster half
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Ross Byrne keeps his radar going with a successful conversion which was taken from the Ulster 22
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Electric counter attacking rugby from Leinster as Robbie Henshaw wins the turnover at the breakdown inside the Leinster 22 before Jamison Gibson-Park and Andrew Porter combine to send Fergus McFadden through on the wing for his second try of the game
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Ross Byrne converts the try for Leinster with an accurate kick at poles from the Ulster 22. Leinster now lead 19-0 after that converted try
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Scott Fardy with plenty of skill on the wing as he shows quick hands and sends Fergus McFadden through for the try with a well timed pass on his outside
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Jacob Stockdale cuts in field and takes the ball into contact with plenty of physicality before he is brought to ground by Leinster just short of halfway
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Jordan Larmour puts in the grubber kick after seeing tw support players on his outside on the Ulster ten metre line. Jamison Gibson-Park chases well and the ball bounces up for Gibson-Park to make a well timed offload for Larmour who receives the pass and runs dots down for the try but play is called back as Gibson-Park was in an offside position. Ulster are awarded the penalty and they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on halfway
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Leinster with plenty of depth to their attack as they put in the grubber kick inside the Ulster 22 but Ulster manage to track back and get first to the loose ball
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Ulster concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum on halfway and Ross Byrne sets the attacking lineout for Leinster from the penalty with a touch finder on the Ulster 22
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Christian Lealiifano gets the second half going for Ulster with a deep kick which travels just short of the Leinster 22. Robbie Henshaw gathers the ball for Leinster from the restart before Leinster make the exit with the kick up field. Christian Lealiifano wins the ball in the air on halfway but Leinster manage to rush up on defence and meet Lealiifano with a big tackle as he catches the ball on halfway

Half Time

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Leinster find space behind the Ulster back three with a kick upfield. Jordan Larmour puts down the accelerator and chases well as he gets to the ball first but Larmour knocks the ball forward on the try line as he attempts to ground the ball. That will be the last play of the half as the referee signals half time. Leinster lead Ulster 12-0 at the break. Stay tuned for the second half which will follow shortly
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Christian Lealiifano draws in the Leinster defence with a well timed pass to Charles Piutau on the wing. Piutau finds flank Sean Reidy in support. Reidy looks to pass down the wing but he can only throw the ball forward into touch and Leinster will have the defensive scrum inside their 22
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Leinster concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown outside the Leinster 22 and Ulster set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder on the Leinster 22
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Jacob Stockdale goes the direct route as he carries the ball hard and straight at the line before he is brought to ground on the Leinster ten metre line
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Leinster jump up and compete at the lineout on their own ten metre line but Leinster knock the ball forward at the lineout and Ulster will have the attacking scrum
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Ulster win the ball at the scrum inside their 22 and Charles Piutau makes the exit kick with a kick up field. Leinster respond with a touch finder on the Leinster ten metre line and Ulster have the attacking lineout
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Stuart McCloskey forces Robbie Henshaw to knock the ball forward in the tackle and Ulster have the defensive scrum inside their 22
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Stuart McCloskey stops his opposite number Robbie Henshaw with a powerful tackle deep inside the Ulster half of the field. Leinster are going through the phases as they make Ulster do all the tackling inside the Ulster half
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Christian Lealiifano relieves the pressure for Ulster as he puts boot to ball and finds touch on the Ulster ten metre line. Leinster have the attacking lineout
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Charles Piutau makes a good read on the wing with a tackle. Leinster switch the direction of play and go coast to coast as they take play down the wide channels and within five metres of the Ulster line
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Rory Best controls the ball at the back of an advancing rolling maul from Ulster inside the Leinster 22. Leinster make the turnover at the breakdown and counter attack through Jack Conan who gets the pass away in the tackle before Ulster manage to track back and bring Leinster to ground. Ulster concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and Leinster set the attacking lineout through Ross Byrne with a touch finder just short of the Ulster 22
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Jacob Stockdale and John Stewart exchange passes as they find space inside the Leinster half of the field. Leinster manage to track back and make the tackles before Jordan Larmour gets first to the breakdown and wins the turnover for Leinster as Ulster are blown up for not releasing the ball at the breakdown. Leinster set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just short of halfway
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Jean Deysel picks up the ball at the base of the scrum inside the Ulster 22 and finds John Stewart with a short pass. Stewart makes the clearance for Ulster with a kick up field
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Ross Byrne sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles. The conversion attempt was taken from just outside the Ulster 22 on the angle
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Leinster draw in the Ulster defence with some powerful carries before they go wide and wing Barry Daly takes a one handed pass from Jordan Larmour and dots down for the five pointer for Leinster
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Leinster drive towards the Ulster line with a powerful rolling maul from the lineout on the Ulster five metre line. Ulster concede the penalty for an infringement at the maul and Leinster are looking to scrum their way over the line with a five metre scrum
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Ulster concede the penalty inside their 22 for going off their feet at the breakdown and Leinster are looking for the pushover try as they set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder on the Ulster five metre line
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Ross Byrne drops the ball onto the boot but an Ulster players gets in the way of the ball and the ball goes loose. Byrne gathers the loose ball before Ulster make the turnover at the breakdown and Christian Lealiifano sends the ball into touch with a touch finder just outside the Ulster 22. Leinster have territory and possession again with a lineout just outside the Ulster 22
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Ulster are doing all the defending at the moment as John Stewart makes the exit kick for Ulster with a touch finder just inside the Ulster 22. Leinster have the attacking lineout
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Ross Byrne adds the extra two points for Leinster with an accurate kick at poles from the conversion on the Ulster 22
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Try time! Jordan Larmour shows good footwork after receiving the inside ball off the back of a well worked move from the lineout on the Ulster 22. Larmour steps inside the tackle and dots down for for the first try of the game
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Leinster concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum on the Ulster ten metre line and Ulster set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just outside the Leinster 22
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Leinster look to play quickly on the wing but the attacking move comes to an end after a forward pass and Ulster have the defensive scrum on their own ten metre line
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Referee George Clancy blows his whistle and Ross Byrne gets the game underway for Leinster with a deep kick into the Ulster half of the field. Ulster carry well from the kick-off before Charles Piutau finds space on the wing with plenty of pace but Leinster manage to bring Piutau to ground and John Stewart makes the exit kick for Ulster with a box kick
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Clear skies welcome the teams onto the field. Conditions are perfect for a game of all out attacking rugby
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George Clancy is our referee. Joy Neville and Shane Kierans will assist him. Our TMO is Peter Fitzgibbon
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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.
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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. Leinster have lost only one of their last four fixtures with Ulster: 13-17 in Belfast last May. Overall the two provinces have met on 153 previous occasions with Leinster having the edge by 78 wins to 60 with 15 draws.
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TEAM NEWS, ULSTER: Fullback Charles Piutau forms a back three combination alongside wingers Andrew Trimble and Jacob Stockdale and in the front row, prop Callum Black scrums down alongside hooker Rory Best and prop Rodney Ah You
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TEAM NEWS, LEINSTER: Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose from the centre combination for Leinster and Devin Toner and Scott Fardy will partner each other in the lock combination
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365's live coverage of this Pro 14 round 13 matchup between Leinster and Ulster from RDS Arena in Dublin
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jack McGrath
  • 2 James Tracy
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Devin Toner
  • 5 Scott Fardy
  • 6 Josh Murphy
  • 7 Jordi Murphy
  • 8 Jack Conan
  • 9 Jamison Gibson-Park
  • 10 Ross Byrne
  • 11 Barry Daly
  • 12 Robbie Henshaw
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Fergus McFadden
  • 15 Jordan Larmour
RESERVES
  • 16 Sean Cronin
  • 17 Ed Byrne
  • 18 Andrew Porter
  • 19 Mick Kearney
  • 20 Max Deegan
  • 21 Nick McCarthy
  • 22 Johnny Sexton
  • 23 Noel Reid
START LINE UP
  • 1 Callum Black
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 3 Rodney Ah You
  • 4 Pete Browne
  • 5 Iain Henderson
  • 6 Matthew Rea
  • 7 Sean Reidy
  • 8 Jean Deysel
  • 9 John Stewart
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 11 Jacob Stockdale
  • 12 Stuart McCloskey
  • 13 Darren Cave
  • 14 Andrew Trimble
  • 15 Charles Piutau
RESERVES
  • 16 Rob Herring
  • 17 Kyle McCall
  • 18 Wiehahn Herbst
  • 19 Alan O'Conner
  • 20 Nick Timoney
  • 21 John Cooney
  • 22 Johnny McPhillips
  • 23 Tommy Bowe
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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

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Leinster puts down big Euro marker

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:00

PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Leinster made a big statement about their European credentials as their ran six tries past Ulster in a one-sided Irish derby.

The 38-7 win at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday, not only reaffirmed their favourites status to win the Pro14 title, but also showed they will be tough to beat in the European Champions Cup.

A fine brace from Fergus McFadden and Jordan Larmour helped Leinster make it five straight Pro14 victories.

Barry Daly and Johnny Sexton also went over in a brilliant home performance which keeps Leinster neck-and-neck with Scarlets at the top of Conference B.

Ulster made a disastrous start in their first match of 2018 against Munster and they repeated that trick by conceding a try within five minutes.

Wing Larmour has been enjoying a delightful season for Leo Cullen’s men and showed off his silky footwork once more – sidestepping the Ulster defence to dot down.

Leinster had Ulster on the ropes and Daly was on hand to cross the whitewash as he beat his man with a fine burst of pace to thunder over in the left corner.

Munster certainly felt the wrath of Ulster as they let a 17-0 slip over Les Kiss’ men on New Year’s Day but Leinster were in no mood to be so generous.

Seven minutes into the second half Leinster applied the pressure as the ball found its way to McFadden who produced a brilliant side-step on his way to the try line.

And the 31-year-old didn’t have to wait long for his second of the afternoon and was all down to the superb work of Andrew Porter.

The prop thundered his way past three defenders before laying it off to McFadden who turned on the afterburners to burst clear of the Ulster defence and give Leinster their fourth of the evening.

Larmour was eager to get involved again and it came from another good turnover by Cullen’s men as the wing burst clear for his second of the afternoon.

It had been a chastening afternoon for Ulster who were simply overpowered by the constant menace of Leinster.

But they did finally get themselves on the scoreboard with seven minutes to play courtesy of Jacob Stockdale.

A fine break from Tommy Bowe in the midfield relieved pressure as the ball was then recycled to Stockdale who sniped over for Ulster’s first try of the afternoon.

But it was mere consolation as Leinster found time to notch up their sixth try of the afternoon thanks to Johnny Sexton in the 81st minute before adding the extras himself.

Leo Cullen will be delighted with the way his side killed off Ulster in the second period and means they haven’t lost in the league since Round 8 against Glasgow Warriors.

The scorers:

For Leinster:
Tries:
 Larmour 2, Daly, McFadden 2, Sexton
Cons: Byrne 3, Sexton

For Ulster:
Try:
 Stockdale
Con: Cooney

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)

Source: @PRO14Official

Jordan Larmour (5min), Barry Daly (16min), Fergus McFadden (47min), Fergus McFadden (51min), Jordan Larmour (67min), and Johnny Sexton (80min)
TRIES
Jacob Stockdale (72min)
Ross Byrne (6min), Ross Byrne (48min), Ross Byrne (52min), and Johnny Sexton (81min)
CONVERSIONS
John Cooney (74min)
 
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