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URC Round 6 – Wins for Connacht, Benneton, Edinburgh and Ulster as SA teams matches is postponed

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It was anotehr difficult weekedn for the South African sides in the URC but this time not on the field but off it. On Friday all the Round 6 and Round 7 matches that was supposed to take place in South Africa was postponed due to a ne COVID variant that was descovered in South Africa.

That left the only games to be played the matches that was scheduled in Europe. There is no indication at the moment when the matches will be played but the URC atleast did not cancelled them so hope is there that the matches will be played later in the season.

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

A brilliant second half from the host saw them thumb Ospreys on Friday night 46-18 as they outscore them with seven tries to two.

It was an impressive bonus point win for Connacht who dominated the match with some brilliant rugby in challenging conditions. They had a 18-11 lead at the break with Hansen, Bolton and McNulty scoring for the home side.

It was only Hawkins try that kept the visitors in the match after an hours play. The home side then pulled away in the last quarter of the match. This was Connacht third win of the season and they look like a side that have found their rythm and will be a force for the rest of this competition.

Scorers:

Connacht: Tries – Hansen, Bolton, McNulty, Arnold, penalty try, Blade, Fitzgerald Conversions – Carty(3) Penalties – Carty

Ospreys: Tries – Morgan, Hawkins Conversions – Myler Penalties Myler(2)

It was a last minute penalty by Marrin that gave Benetton the win over Glasgow on Saturday to claim a important win for the Italian side in the URC.

Glasgow looked like they were about to take their fourth win of the seaosn but a penalty at the lineout gave the 19-year-old Marin the oppertunity to steal the win for the home side.

Glasgow tries came from Dempsey and Drage while Thompson kicked two penalties and a conversion over.

Benneton who platyed catchup rugby stayed in the match with Rhyno Smith and Pettinelli getting over the line and Matin kicking three penalties at the end.

Scorers:

Benetton: Tries – Smith, Pettinelli Penalties – Marin (3)

Glasgow: Tries – Dempsey, Drage Conversions – Thompson Penalties – Thompson(2)

Edinburgh got an important away win on Saturday when they beat teh Dragons at home 30-14, outscoring them with four tries to two at the end. That ensured tht Edinburgh got a vital bonus point win in Round 6.

Emiliano Boffelli was just the insperation the visitors needed as he scored on his debut for the club as well. His fellow Argentinian teammate Ramiro Moyano also got over twice in the first half to give Edinburgh a 17-14 lead at the break.

The Dragons did not stay behind in that first half and got tries from Sam Davies and Jonah Holmes.

Edinburgh secured their bonus point when Damien Hoyland went over late in the match.

Scorers:

Dragons: Tries – S Davies, Holmes Conversions – S Davies (2)

Edinburgh: Tries – Boffelli, Motano(2), Hoyland Conversions – Kinghorn Penalties – Kinghorn(2)

Ulster had done what not many before them could, beat Leinster in their own back yard on Saturday night to end the champions unbeaten run in teh URC.

It was Ulster first away win against Leinster since 2013 which is an achievement by itself. It was a late intercept by Hume that secore the memorable win over the home side but the hard work was done through out the match as they put plenty of pressure on Leinster.

Greg Jones put the visitors ahead with the first try before Robbie Henshaw inspired Leinster back in the match. At one stage it looked like Ulster will fold under the pressure Leinster were putting them under but they hold their nerve and kept the good defence throughout the game.

The home side only try was from Henshaw with Bryne kicking teh conversion and one penalty. Ulster two tries came from Jones and Hume with Cooney and Doak getting the conversions over as well as a penalty each.

Scorers:

Leinster: Tries – Henshaw Conversions – R Bryne Penalties – R Bryne

Ulster: Tries – Jones , Hume Conversions – Cooney, Doak Penalties – Cooney and Doak

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