Home European rugby URC Friday Wrap – Leinster still unbeaten as Scarlets hold off Benetton(Highlights)

URC Friday Wrap – Leinster still unbeaten as Scarlets hold off Benetton(Highlights)

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With no SA franchises playing this weekend in the URC we turn our attention to the European teams and on Friday night Leinster was too good for Glasgow while Scarlets hold off a spirited Benetton side.

Here is the current log standings:

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP LOG

PosTeamPWLDPts
1761029
2751128
3752025
4853022
5743021
6844021
7642020
8844020
9633016
10532014
11523011
1252309
1371609
1451317
1551405
1660601

It was a bonus point win on Friday for Leinster that saw them go to the top of the log after outclassing Glasgow with 31-15.

Leinster led 17-10 at the break after two tries that came form Ronan Kelleher and Hugo Keenan. It was the boot of Ross Byrne’s that put them ahead but when the ball went out wide to Kelleher he showed off his skill to get over for the first try of the match.

Glasgow first points came form Thompson with a penalty but the home side was deadly on attack and it always felt they would score any minute.

With some great steps by Lowe the ball got out to Keenan to get over for Leinster second try and a lead of 17-3. Glasgow did respond with Dempsey getting over for their first try of the match which send the teams into halftime.

The second half it was again Leinster that got first points when they found space through Keenan and McGrath. The ball got through Ross Byrne t Adam Byrne who went over in the corner.

That gave the visitors a 24-10 lead early on in the second half.

Leinster was never going to loose it from here and their bonus point try came form Sheehan before Glasgow got their second try by Bean.

This left the Leicester side with 5 out of 5 and on top of the overall log.

Scorers:

Glasgow: Tries – Dempsey, Bean Conversions – Thompson Penalties – Thompson

Leinster: Tries – Kelleher, Keenan, A Byrne, Sheenan Converversion – R Byrne(4) Penalties R Bryne

Scarlets had to work hard for their bonus point win on Friday against Benetton when they beat the Italian side 34-28. This win comes after two defeats and just what the doctor ordered. They had to come back from heavy defeats at the hands of Leinster and Munster in the last couple of weeks.

Momentum went back and forth the whole game but eventually Scarlets were good value for the win.

Blacker did not just scored two tries on the night but was instrumental in the opening try of the match with a brilliant break which send Evans over.

Blacker scored the first of his two tries in the first half when the fans was treated to some brilliant rugby form their home side.

Benetton then got some more ball in hand and were playing some great rugby to fight their way back into the game. They eventually broke the Scarlets defence with Ioane getting a clean break before offloading to Duvenage who had the speed to beat the defenders.

With Rhyno Smith conversion over Benetton was able to reduced the lead to 14-7.

It was clear that Benetton will not be giving up and they almost scored straight after the restart but went into halftime with Scarlets leading 14-7 and still anyone’s game.

The visitors started the second half well with Galo showing that props can also step has he got over the line. Although it was clear to see that Galo picked up the ball from an offside position the TMO and referee could find no issue not to award the try. Just another example of the poor referee decisions in the competitions so far this season.

With smith conversion over the scores were levelled at this stage but a penalty from Jones kept Scarlets in front again.

The momentum then swung to the home side with some brilliant play from Scarlets and they nearly got their third try of the match but they were rewarded with a drive over the line with Marc Jones the man at the end of it.

Benetton hit straight back with a try by Galo who got his second of the night again form good forward play.

Scarlets bonus point try came from some great work again by Williams and Blacker. O’Brien added a penalty to extend the lead but Benetton hot back again with a try by Menoncello.

This was a much needed win for the Scarlets and for Benetton it is back to the drawing board.

Scorers:

Scarlets: Tries – R Evans, Blacker 2, M Jones Conversions – D Jones(3), O’Brien Penalties – Jones, O’Brien

Benetton: Tries – Duvenage, Galo(2) Conversions – Smith(4)

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