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Poor start for SA teams in first round of PRO14

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The PRO14 started this weekend and it was a sorry tale for the two South African franchises in week one with both the Cheetahs and Kings losing their opening matches of the tournament.

Munster kept a clean sheet when they demolish the Cheetahs on Saturday 38-0. Scoring six tries to none is not a way to start a competition and it does not make for good reading for the rest of the year.

They were totally dominated in the match by Munster.

The first part of the first half was a close affair with Munster defence brilliant but as the half went on it seems the Cheetahs were tiring and giving a championship team like Munster more space just adds to your troubles.

The second-half saw much of the same of the first, with Munster in complete control of proceedings and the Cheetahs brave on defence but offering very little on attack.

In Fridays match between Zebre and the Kings it was poor defence and tactics that cost the Kings. Zebre was full value for the points on the scoreboard and they took advantage of the Kings mistakes and dominated the set pieces.

The Kings had plenty of opportunities but with some ordinary decision making and at the end poor defence gave the win on a plate.

Disciplen was also poor from the Kings and yellow cards does not make your task any easier. They will have to get these things right quickly if they do not want to go the same route as last year.

Weekend Result: 

Connacht 26-27 Glasgow Warriors

Ulster 15-13 Scarlets

Munster 38-0 Cheetahs

Dragons 17-21 Benetton Rugby

Ospreys 17-13 Edinburgh

Cardiff Blues 32-33 Leinster

Log Standings:

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