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PRO14 Friday Wrap – Blues, Leinster and Ulster start season with wins

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The defending champions started the season with win against against the Dragons on Friday night. With going through the 2019/20 season unbeaten the men from Leinster kept their winning ways as they made small work of the Dragons.

The Blues started their season with a great 16-6 away win against Zebre in Italy and that after they had to play with 14 men for the whole second half.

In the last match on Friday Ulster had to work hard to get pass the Benetton side but manage to secure the win.

 

The Blues secure their first win of the season when they beat Zebre 16-6 on Friday.

It was a Josh Adams try and great defence that gave the men from Cardiff the victory and the best way to start the new season in the PRO14.

Adams try got hold of a Evans kick to score the only try of the contest in the first half which helped them to take the win.

It was Evans eight points with two late penalties from Tovey that took the game away from Zebre.

Canna got a few penalties over for the Italians but they were unable to find any way through the brilliant Blues defence

Zebre were good in the opening few minutes but they were put on the back foot when Mori was shown a yellow card.

That gave Evans the opportunity to step up and kick the first points for the visitors.

The moment the game swung was on the half hour mark when Adams got the ball from a high kick by Evans to race away to the try line.

After the restart the Blues Turnbull was send off with a red card after a high tackle on Mbanda which gave the Italians some hope of coming back into the match.
Penalties from Evans kept the scoreboard ticking over which was backed up with their great defence to secure the win with 14 men.

Scorers:

Cardiff: Tries – Adams Conversions – Evans Penalties – Evans(2), Tovey

Zebre: Penalties – Canna(2)

 

It was a classy performance from the defending champions against the Dragons on Friday night which saw Lowe scoring two tries.

At the end the defending champions made little work of the Dragons beating them 35-5 in the season opener.

It was two scores from Lowe either side of the break with Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour and Ryan Baird also crossed for Leinster to give them a bonus point win.

Leinster had a strong international flavor to their side which included Sexton as their captain.

The Dragons had plenty of opportunity and possession in the first 20 minutes of the match but were unable to convert this into points.

It was Ringrose that found a gap to get over for the first try for Leinster.

The Dragons also lost Jamie Roberts for a high tackle to the bin which did not made it any easier for the visitors.

Leinster took full advantage of the extra man and with some clever passage of play pulled the defence of the Dragons in which resulted in Larmour going over in the corner.

Sexton left the field due to an injury which gave the kicking duties over to Ringrose.

It was Lowe ten minutes before the break that scored the host next try and he was again in the action after the break with his second.

The Dragons got their first try with some acrobatics from Hewitt who got over in the corner but it was the champions that got their fifth try shortly after through Baird.

Scorers:

Leinster: Tries – Ringrose, Larmour, Lowe(2), Baird Conversions – Sexton, Ringrose, Byrne(3)

Dragons: Tries – Hewitt

Ulster had to work hard to keep a determined Benetton out on Friday night on the opening day of the new season.

They manage to get a 35-24 win in Belfast but easy it was definitely not. Just over 600 fans was treated to a great game of rugby with both side pitching up to play rugby the way it was suppose to be done.

It was six tries in the first half which saw Benetton coming back from 21-7 at one stage.

They went ahead in the second half but tries from Springbok Marcell Coetzee and McBurney ensured that the runners-up from last season start the new season with a win.

The game started with a blistering pace and it was Ulster that scored first with Cooney showed his magic with his boot. He kicked the perfect grubber to see Hume going over under the sticks.

He was in play again in the second try when he gave the final pass to Moore who run in a simple try in his first start for Ulster.

It was looking like it may be a dark night for Benetton but they fought back nicely camping down in Ulster half.

They were rewarded when Ruzza got over with Garbisi adding the extras.

Lowry got one back for Ulster straight away to extend their lead again.

Just before halftime Stockdale was shown a yellow card for a high tackle which Benetton took full advantage off.

A great break by Tavuyara setup both of Benetton late first half tries with Garbisi and Steyn gong over. This made the halftime score 21-all.

Benetton went ahead early in the second half with a penalty from Garbisi.

That lead did not last long as Coetzee got over for Ulster to secure a bonus point.

They stepped up in the closing stage of the game with McBurney who powered over off the back of a rolling maul.

Scorers:

Ulster: Tries – Hume, Moore, Lowry, Coetzee, McBurne Conversions  – Cooney(4), Johnston

Benetton: Tries – Ruzza, Garbisi, Steyn Conversions – Garbisi(3) Penalties – Garbisi

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