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Guinness PRO14 Kicks off with a bang

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This weekend saw the start of the 2019/2020 Guinness PRO14 season with all 14 teams starting their campaigns.

In South Africa we had mixed results with the Cheetahs hitting their strides but the Kings going down in PE.

Friday 27 September
Cheetahs  Glasgow
48 14

 

The Toyota Cheetahs started the Pro14 where they left off in the Currie Cup in a free-flowing game of rugby beating last year’s Guinness PRO14 finalists Glasgow Warriors.

They ran in seven tries to lay down the marker that they are a better and improved side this year in Conference A.

Ruan Pienaar was key for the home side while Rhyno Smith and Joseph Dweba played brilliantly on the night.

A lot is expected from Dweba who has shown great from in the Currie Cup as well.

Glasgow managed two tries from Frisby and Nairn.

Friday 27 September
Ulster v         Ospreys
38 14

Ulster started the season with a bonus point win over Ospreys as Craig Gilroy made a welcome return.

Gilroy who has been out of action for the last 11 months scored two tries form cross-kicks by Burns to secure a convincing win over Ospreys.

Although Ospreys got the early try through Evans they could not build on that score as Ulster dominated the game throughout.

Tries for Ulster came from Gilroy (2) and Jones (2) with Cooney adding four conversions and a penalty. Ulster also got a penalty try.

Ospreys try came from Evans with Price adding 3 penalties.

Saturday 28 September
Munster v Dragons
39 9

Munster got the better of the Dragons on Saturday beating them 39-9.

It was a great start for Munster beating the Dragons with a bonus points to give Dragons new coach Ryans his first defeat with his new side.

They were totally outclassed by Munster as they ran in five tries to none.

Arno Botha, Jack O’Donoghue and Shane Daly all dotted down in the first half, before further scores from Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren O’Shea ensured a comfortable win.

The Dragons only points came from three penalties by Davies

Saturday 28 September
Scarlets v Connacht
18 10

Scarlets had to work hard against a spirited Connacht on Saturday.

Scarlets scored two first-half tries from Steff Evans and Paul Asquith but easy it was not.

Scarlets showed a lot of patience throughout the match to overcome Connacht.

Evans and Asquith scored the tries for Scarlets with Dan Jones kicking two penalties to seal the deal.

Connacht try came from Masterson with Fitzgerald slotting over a conversion and a penalty.

Saturday 28 September
Benneton v Leinster
27 32

A hat-trick from Dave Kearney sealed a close win for Leinster over a 14-men Benetton side.

The Italians had 15 members missing from their team due to World Cup duty but showed great guts in the game.

Even with Iliesa Ratuva being sent off for dangerous play they still stayed in the contest.

Leinster also hammered by international players out of the squad made tings interesting.

Leinster tries came from Byrne and the hat-trick from Kearney. Byrne kicked three conversions and two penalties.

For Benneton Appiah, Baravalle and Sperandio scored tries with Keatley kicked three conversions and two penalties.

Saturday 28 September
Edinburgh v Zebre .
50 15

Edinburgh smashed Zebre in their opening round 50-15 in an open style running game on Saturday.

Four first-half tries sealed the bonus point before the break and put the hosts firmly in control, Mark Bennett finishing with a hat-trick in a standout display.

And with head coach Richard Cockerill challenging his charges to reach the play-offs at a minimum this season, they started as they mean to go on.

Edinburgh tries came from McKenzie, Bennett with a hat-trick, Groom, Scott and Farndale

Licata scored the only try for Zebre.

Here is all the scores from the weekends matches:

Standings:

Conference A

Conference B

 

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