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Pro14 | Bloemfontein
17:35 (GMT) | 13-04-2018
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The referee awards the away side a penalty for collapsing the scrum. The ball is kicked into touch. FULL TIME
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Scrum reset yet again
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Cheetahs inside the 22 after the ball is knocked forward in contact
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The ball is knocked into touch and Cheetahs have a throw at the Munster 22
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Cheetahs are pushed back to their half but make their way to the other end of the pitch fighting hard for the meters made
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Line-out taken and the away side clear
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The ball is kicked forward for a runner but it bounces into touch at the 22 for a Munster throw
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Cheetahs have it at the half way. The ball is tackled into touch and the Cheetahs have a throw at the half way
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The referee halts play for a scrum to Munster inside their 10 after the ball is lost forward
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The away side takes their throw. The Cheetahs struggle heavily to win possession and do
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Munster have a line-out at their 5 after a desperate kick forward by Marais
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Munster give away a penalty inside the home team 5 and Blommetjies kicks into touch inside the home team 10
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Line-out tot he visitors at the home team 10
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Munster clear after the reset and they take it forward forcing the hosts to clear
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Murray lines it up for a kick from over 50 meters and he puts it away to take the lead for the first time
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The referee stops play after a foul by the hosts at the half way
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Cheetahs try to regain some form of control on the game after the reset but Munster are having none of it
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Hanrahan takes a shot at goal and the difference is now 1 point
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Penalty committed by the Cheetahs in the scrum
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Scrum reset
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Munster moving the ball along the 5 but the Cheetahs not caving. The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty to the attackers
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The referee awards the visitors a penalty and Keatley kicks it into touch
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Line-out taken and Munster look to power over the line
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Munster take it and carry it forward to the 22 and win a penalty. The ball is put into touch at the 5
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The Cheetahs feeling the pressure as they boot the ball from around their 10
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Hanrahan prepares for a kick at goal and narrows the gap to 4 points
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Cheetahs give away another penalty around their 10
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The visitors on the attack at the 10 of the hosts after their throw
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Scrum taken and the Munster side win a penalty
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Line-out taken and they make some good ground with the maul. The referee halts play and awards the visitors a scrum at their 5
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Munster have it at the half way after a line out. Penalty to the hosts and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22
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He take the kick and adds 3
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The Cheetahs give away a penalty at their 10 and Hanrahan lines it up for a kick at goal
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Munster looking refurbished after the break as they move the ball around the pitch looking for space
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The ball goes into touch after the reset. HALF TIME
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Goosen steps up for a kick at goal and adds 3 points
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Penalty to the Cheetahs after Blommetjies is taken out without the ball
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Hanrahan adds the extras
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The visitors make it over with Conor Murray who has an immediate impact after coming off the bench. TRY
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Munster move forward after the clearance and win another scrum at the 5 of the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at their 5
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Munster look they they can press over to pull one back but the referee refers to the TMO and says knock-on
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Scrum to Munster at the 5 of the hosts
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The Cheetahs on the back foot after the reset and the ball is lost forward after some good pressure by Zebo
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Goosen secures the extras
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Blommetjies gets it along the wing and draws his man in to allow space for Meyer who scoots over the line to bag the second TRY
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Cheetahs working it around the 22 as they look for space
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Line-out to the hosts at the 10 of the away team now. Hanrahan gets it and boots it straight into touch. Line-out at the 22 of the visitors
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The ball being booted back and forth now by both sides as they look for territory
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The Cheetahs manage to contain the danger and clear. The ball is tackled into touch at the half way for a Cheetahs throw
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The ball is put into touch at the 5
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Munster opt for the maul and they make some good ground. The maul is collapsed and the visitors win another penalty
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The Cheetahs have shown a dominant spirit thus far. The front line of Munster working incredibly hard to keep the score as it is. They win a penalty and kick into touch at the home team 22
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Munster manages to clear and the Cheetahs have a line-out at the visitors 10
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 and the Cheetahs throw bodies at the ball; playing with a blistering speed in the first 20 minutes
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The referee awards Zebo a yellow card for his efforts in the defence
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The Cheetahs take their throw and make it to the 22 in almost no time
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The ball is lost in the 22 and Munster try to work their way out of danger. Hart decides to relieve some pressure with a kick
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The Cheetahs making ground with incredible pace, showing good continuity
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Line-out tot he hosts at the away team 10
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Line-out to Munster after the Cheetahs clear the reset kick. Meyer boots it forward from a Cheetahs ruck and it's sent back
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Goosen secures the extras
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The hosts take their throw and look to build. They move it around the 22 quickly and Francois Venter assists the ball to Blommetjies who falls over the line to score the first TRY
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The Cheetahs win the scrum with a powerful shove and win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the 22
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Scrum to the visitors inside the mid field now
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The Cheetahs turnover and look to break but Blommetjies loses it forward
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Munster take it out the back and make their way to the home team 10
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The referee stops play after the ball is lost forward by Cassiem. Scrum to Munster at their 10
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Line-out to the hosts at the away team 10
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The hosts pressuring at the 22 of the visitors now but lose out and the ball is cleared
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The Cheetahs on the attack early in the opening minutes
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The referee sounds his whistle and we're underway
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The players readying themselves to enter the pitch now
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The Munstermen's 39-22 victory over Southern Kings in George last weekend ended a run of four successive away defeats in all competitions
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The South Africans' only defeat in Bloemfontein this season was at the hands of Glasgow in Round Six. Munster's only loss in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 6-12 in Edinburgh on March 16
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Cheetahs have won their last three matches, against Connacht, Dragons and Blues, but have not won four in a row since the 2013 Super Rugby campaign
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Welcome to Bloemfontein, home of the Cheetahs. The South African side will be hosting Munster in this PRO14 match
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 5 Reniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Oupa Mohoje
  • 8 Uzair Cassiem
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Johan Goosen
  • 11 Sibahle Maxwane
  • 12 Niel Marais
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 William Small-Smith
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Reynier Bernardo
  • 20 Henco Venter
  • 21 Zee Mkhabela
  • 22 Clinton Swart
  • 23 AJ Coertzen
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  • 1 Robin Copeland
  • 2 Jack O'Donoghue
  • 3 Peter O'Mahony
  • 4 Billy Holland
  • 5 Gerbrandt Grobler
  • 6 John Ryan
  • 7 Niall Scannell
  • 8 Brian Scott
  • 9 James Hart
  • 10 JJ Hanrahan
  • 11 Darren Sweetnam
  • 12 Dan Goggin
  • 13 Sam Arnold
  • 14 Andrew Conway
  • 15 Simon Zebo
RESERVES
  • 16 Rhys Marshall
  • 17 David Kilcoyne
  • 18 Stephen Archer
  • 19 Dave O'Callaghan
  • 20 Conor Oliver
  • 21 Conor Murray
  • 22 Ian Keatley
  • 23 Rory Scannell
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PREVIEW: Pro14, Round 20

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:46

FINALS SERIES RACE: With only two full rounds left the focus is now fully on making the Final Series or Champions Cup play-off with 11 teams having something still to play for. 

Munster and Cardiff Blues continue their travels in South Africa, Munster's victory over Southern Kings last weekend confirming the Irish Province a place in the Final Series alongside Glasgow Warriors from Conference A. 

Two of the top three teams in Conference B go head to head when Edinburgh face Scarlets at Murrayfield. A second consecutive loss for Edinburgh could leave the door open for Ulster, who have a game in hand, to qualify for the Final Series at the expense of the Scotsmen, leaders Leinster having already qualified.

The final stretch of the season has never promised so much and all of these teams have their minds set on reaching the Pro14 Final at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on May 26.

What's at Stake

Two former champions Glasgow Warriors and Connacht face each other at Scotstoun on Friday, Warriors are still trying to secure home advantage in the Final Series, a win here could do just that.

Munster continue their travels in South Africa with a first visit to Cheetahs. With only seven points separating them in Conference A, this game could be classed as a real '10-pointer' with a win for either side having the benefits of denying their direct opponents the points, with home advantage in the semifinal qualifier at stake.

Finally, on Friday Ulster face Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium. Victory over rivals, Edinburgh last weekend, and with a game still in hand, Ulster are making a late challenge for the Final Series, and another home win would help that cause whilst the focus for Ospreys, also with a game in hand, must be European qualification. 

On Saturday Zebre host Dragons at Stadio Frattori in L’Aquila only the second game Zebre have taken away from Stadio Lanfranchi. Zebre are still searching for the win that would give them their best ever return in the Championship.

Leinster face a second Italian opponent in as many weeks when Benetton are the guests at the RDS Arena. Having secured a place in the Final Series last round, Leinster will be trying to earn a home qualifier with the right result here whilst Benetton could set themselves a new record for wins in the Championship.

Southern Kings revert to their usual home ground, Nelson Mandela Bay, for the fixture against Cardiff Blues. Whilst Kings cannot make the top three themselves, victory here would help their compatriots, Cheetahs, ease their way into the Final Series, conversely Blues will be looking to keep ahead of Ospreys, who have a game in hand, in the race for European qualification.

Pick of the Round: Edinburgh v Scarlets

Edinburgh face Scarlets at Murrayfield in a game where neither team can afford to slip up. 

A week after losing to another of their close rivals, Ulster, a loss here would have Edinburgh looking over their shoulders whilst victory would put pressure on the team ahead of them, Scarlets, in the race for a home qualifier. 

Opta Top Performers – Round 18:
  
Most tackles: 20 Scott Otten (Ospreys)/Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues)
Most carries: 18 Jean Deysel (Ulster)/Francois Venter (Cheetahs)
Defenders beaten: 12 Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Blues) 
Offloads: 4 Jayden Hayward (Benetton) 
Breaks: 4 Darren Cave (Ulster) 
Metres made: 181 Darren Cave (Ulster) 
Turnovers won: 4 Jean Deysel (Ulster) 
Line-outs stolen: 2 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh)/Dave O’Callaghan (Munster)

We look ahead to all the Round 20 action!

Friday, April 13

CHEETAHS v MUNSTER
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35; 17.35 GMT)

Cheetahs have won their last three matches, against Connacht, Dragons and Blues, but have not won four in a row since the 2013 Super Rugby campaign. The South Africans' only defeat in Bloemfontein this season was at the hands of Glasgow in Round Six. Munster's only loss in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 6-12 in Edinburgh on March 16. The Munstermen's 39-22 victory over Southern Kings in George last weekend ended a run of four successive away defeats in all competitions. The two sides have met just once before with Munster winning 51-18 in Limerick in Round Two. 

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Adriaan Coertzen. 

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Sammy Arnold, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Darren Sweetnam, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 James Hart, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Jack O'Donoghue, 6 Peter O'Mahony (captain), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Brian Scott.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave O'Callaghan, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Rory Scannell.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

GLASGOW WARRIORS v CONNACHT
(Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Glasgow Warriors have suffered only three defeats in the Pro14 this campaign, although two of those have come in their last three matches. Warriors only two home defeats this season were both in the European Champions Cup, to Leinster and Montpellier. They have a 100 percent nine wins from nine record in the Championship, gaining 44 league points at Scotstoun themselves whilst allowing their opponents zero. Connacht have lost their last three Pro14 fixtures since their 22-19 victory in Treviso in Round 16; Connacht's only away victory in the Championship this season. The Irishmen have lost both matches they have played against Scottish opposition this campaign. Connacht's only two victories over Warriors since 2011 both came in their Championship winning season of 2015/16. Connacht's most recent victory on Glasgow soil came at Firhill on September 2010.

Teams

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Callum Gibbins (captain), 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 Grant Stewart, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Connacht: 15 Darragh Leader, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Bundee Aki, 12 Peter Robb, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Eoin McKeon, 7 Jarrad Butler (captain), 6 Eoghan Masterson, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 John Muldoon, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Tom Farrell, 23 Stacey Ili.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: David Wilkinson (Ireland), Jonny Erskine (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

ULSTER v OSPREYS 
(Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Ulster's 32-20 victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Round 19 ended their three-game losing streak. The Ulstermen have lost just twice in Belfast in any competition this season, both in the Pro14, to Leinster in Round Seven and Edinburgh in Round 15. Just one Welsh region has been victorious at Kingspan Stadium in the last five years: Scarlets by a single point in February 2016. Ospreys are the best side in the Pro14 on current form having picked up 24 league points from
their last six matches. Ospreys only defeat in the last seven rounds of the Championship was to Connacht in Galway in Round 14. Ospreys have not beaten an Irish province on their own turf since a trip to Connacht in September 2016. The Welshmen’s 24-10 victory at Liberty Stadium the last time the two teams met ended a three-game losing run to the Ulstermen. Ospreys only win in their last seven visits to Belfast since 2010 was 16-12 on 8 February 2013. 

Teams:

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonny McPhillips, 9 John Cooney, 8 Sean Reidy, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Ross Kane, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Callum Black.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Tommy O'Toole, 19 Alan O'Connor, 20 Nick Timoney, 21 David Shanahan, 22 Luke Marshall, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Hanno Dirksen, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 James King, 7 Sam Cross, 6 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 5 Adam Beard, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Sam Davies, 23 James Hook.

Referee: Andy Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

Saturday, April 14:

EDINBURGH v SCARLETS
(Murrayfield, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 15.15; 14.15 GMT)

Edinburgh's 20-32 reversal at home to Ulster last weekend ended a six-game winning run in the Pro14 and was their first Championship defeat of 2018. The Scotsmen have lost their last two games at Murrayfield, to Cardiff Blues in the quarterfinal of the European Challenge Cup, and to Ulster. Scarlets have picked up only twelve league points from their last six matches, only five other sides have tallied fewer in that period. Four of those points were gained last weekend with their home victory over Glasgow. Scarlets have lost their last three away games in the Pro14 but have not lost four in a row in the Championship since season 2014/15. The last five encounters between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Scarlets most recent victory at Murrayfield was in September 2013. 

Teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Jordan Lay. 
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Luke Crosbi, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Mark Bennett.

Scarlets: 15 Rhys Jones, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Steff Hughes (captain), 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Will Boyde, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Lewis Rawlins, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Dylan Evans. 
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Phil Price, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Josh Helps, 20 Shaun Evans, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Corey Baldwin, 23 Tom Rogers.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: David Sutherland (Scotland), Dunx McClement (Scotland)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland)

ZEBRE v DRAGONS
(Stadio Fattori, L’Aquila - Kick-off: 17.00; 16.00 UK & Ireland time; 15.00 GMT)

Stadio Fattori in L'Aquila becomes the 44th different venue to be used for a PRO14 encounter. This is only the second occasion that Zebre have moved a game away from Parma, losing 22-41 to Leinster at Reggio Nell'Emilia in April 2013. Zebre have won only once since Round 10 of the Championship: 19-11 in Connacht on February 16. Dragons are without a win in the Pro14 since beating Southern Kings in Newport on September 30, although they have drawn two fixtures since, both at home, to Ulster in Round 10 and Glasgow in Round 14. The Welshmen have not won on the road in the Pro14 since a trip to Treviso in March 2015. The last six matches between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Dragons only victory away to Zebre came in February 2013 in Parma.

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 David Sisi, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Jacopo Sarto, 5 George Biagi, 4 Leonard Krumov, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Luhandre Luus, 1 Andrea Lovotti. 
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Andrea De Marchi, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Serafin Bordoli, 23 Gabriele Di Giulio.

Dragons: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Arwel Robson, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Lewis Evans 7 Aaron Wainwright, 6 Rynard Landman, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Joe Davies, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Luke Garrett. 
Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Josh Reynolds, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Max Williams, 20 Taine Basham, 21 Owain Leonard, 22 Adam Warren, 23 Joe Goodchild.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

SOUTHERN KINGS v CARDIFF BLUES
(Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 UK & Ireland time; 17.35 GMT)

Southern Kings' solitary victory in the Pro14 was 45-13 at home to Dragons in Round 17. All of the Kings 11 league points this season have come in home games. Cardiff Blues five game-winning run in the Pro14 ended with a last-minute penalty try defeat to Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend. The Blues have won three times on the road this season in the Championship, against Connacht in Round Four, Dragons in Round 11 and Zebre in Round 16. The two sides have never met before in the Championship.

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Ntabeni Dukisa, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Lusanda Badiyana, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Bobby de Wee, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Justin Forwood, 18 Luvuyo Pupuma, 19 Lindo Welemu, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Rudi Van Rooyen, 22 Alshaun Bock, 23 Heinrich Klaasen.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Damian Welch, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Matthew Morgan

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Ruhan Meiring (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

LEINSTER v BENETTON 
(RDS Arena, Dublin - Kick-off: 19.35; 20.35 Italy time; 18.35 GMT)

Leinster's only defeat in the last five rounds of the Pro14 was 18-32 at Ospreys on March 24. The Leinsterman's only home defeat in any competition in their last 37 games since December 2015 was to Scarlets in last season's Pro12 semifinal. Benetton have lost just twice in the last nine rounds of the Pro14, at home to Connacht in Round 16 and away in Cardiff in Round 17. The Italians have already won ten of their Championship matches this season equalling their best ever tally set in season 2012/13. Leinster's only defeat to Benetton in 15 previous encounters in the Pro14 was on their very first meeting in the Championship in September 2010. Italian sides have faced Leinster in Dublin on 17 previous occasions in all competitions but never won.

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Max Deegan, 7 Seán O’Brien, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Ian Nagle, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Jack McGrath (captain).
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Peadar Timmins, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Adam Byrne.

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (captain), 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Federico Ruzza, 5 Alessandro Zanni, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Engjel Makelara, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Irné Herbst, 20 Marco Fuser, 21 Dean Budd, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Aled Evans (Wales), Jonathan Peak (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

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Clinical Munster edge Cheetahs in Bloem

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:05

RO14 MATCH REPORT: Munster rallied from 7-17 down to steal a hard-fought 19-17 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Munster travelled to the Free State for the first time and managed to produced twelve unanswered points in the second-half, including a monstrous Conor Murray penalty, for the win.

Cheetahs scored two tries courtesy of fullback Clayton Blommetjies and scrumhalf Tian Meyer. Johan Goosen added two conversions and a penalty to the hosts' tally.  

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray scored Munster's only try of the match. Flyhalf JJ Hanrahan added the conversion and three penalties.

While Murray's long-range penalty kick proved to be the deciding faction for the win.

Third-placed Cheetahs had a fine start when Blommetjies, who will join Scarlets at the end of the season, went over in the right corner.

Teboho Mohoje had claimed the initial line-out with the hosts moving the ball wide with Francois Venter’s hands giving the Cheetahs fullback time and space to go over.

And with Simon Zebo in the sin bin for a professional foul on Uzair Cassiem, the South African side had their second with the fullback Blommetjies involved again with a break from the back of a ruck.

Munster had disrupted the Cheetahs ball only for Blommetjies to seize the loose ball and timing his pass to Meyer who had a free run to the line.

The Munster forwards brought the Irish province back into the match with a powerful drive only for Robin Copeland’s knock on to deny the visitors first try.

Munster pulled a try back just seconds after Conor Murray replaced the injured James Hart as the scrumhalf sniped from the back of a five-metre scrum to trail 7-14.

Johan Goosen extended the lead to ten points with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

As the teams returned for the second stanza, Munster clawed their way back in the match thanks to flyhalf Hanrahan, who narrowed the deficit to just one point with three successful penalty kicks.   

Munster finally took the lead for the first time in the match when Murray nailed a 56-metre penalty kick for the win.

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries
: Blommetjies, Meyer
Cons: Goosen 2
Pen: Goosen

For Munster:
Try
: Murray
Con:  Hanrahan
Pens: Hanrahan 3, Murray

Yellow Card: Simon Zebo (Munster, 17 - Professional foul)

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Adriaan Coertzen. 

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Sammy Arnold, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Darren Sweetnam, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 James Hart, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Jack O'Donoghue, 6 Peter O'Mahony (captain), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Brian Scott.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave O'Callaghan, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Rory Scannell.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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Clayton Blommetjies (10min) and Tian Meyer (28min)
TRIES
Conor Murray (36min)
Johan Goosen (11min)
CONVERSIONS
JJ Hanrahan (37min)
Johan Goosen (39min)
PENALTIES
JJ Hanrahan (44min), JJ Hanrahan (52min), JJ Hanrahan (61min), and Conor Murray (65min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Simon Zebo (17min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Mike Adamson