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  • 15 Simon Zebo
  • 14 Andrew Conway
  • 13 Jaco Taute
  • 12 Rory Scannell
  • 11 Keith Earls
  • 10 Tyler Bleyendaal
  • 9 Duncan Williams
  • 8 CJ Stander
  • 7 Tommy O'Donnell
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 5 Billy Holland
  • 4 Donnacha Ryan
  • 3 John Ryan
  • 2 Niall Scannell
  • 1 Dave Kilcoyne
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  • 23 Darren Sweetnam
  • 22 Francis Saili
  • 21 Ian Keatley
  • 20 Jean Deysel
  • 19 Dave O'Callaghan
  • 18 Stephan Archer
  • 17 James Cronin
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Preview: Pro12, Round 14

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:01

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Nine rounds remain in the Pro12 championship and this period during the Six Nations will test the mettle of all the title contenders.

In addition, teams are jockeying to qualify for the European Champions Cup.

Munster lead Ospreys by a point at the top of the table while only six points separates third-placed Leinster from Scarlets in fifth position.

Pro12 leaders Munster play host to Newport-Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park where they have lost two of their last four fixtures to Welsh opposition.

However, Dragons arrive in Ireland searching for their first Pro12 away in 18 games.

Ulster are also aiming to reverse a poor trend of results which has seen them pick up just one win across all competitions in their last six games while visitors Edinburgh are looking to complete their first double over the province since the 2007/08 season.

Ospreys and Leinster both travel to Italy to take on Zebre and Benetton Treviso, respectively, where they will arrive boasting two of the best attacking records in the Championship. Ospreys' tally of 51 tries is the highest in the Pro12 while Leinster are second with 49.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Blues will host Connacht at Sport Cardiff Arms Park where the visitors really need a victory to push themselves into contention to qualify for the Champions Cup. Connacht have beaten Cardiff Blues already this season but have never completed a Pro12 double over the Capital region.

We look at all the Round 14 action!

Friday, February  10

ZEBRE v OSPREYS
(Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Kick-off: 20.00; 19.00 GMT; 19.00 UK time)

Zebre's only victory this season was 19-14 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Round Seven of the Pro12, whilst they have not been victorious in Parma since beating Dragons there on 7 May.

Ospreys only reversal in the last eight rounds of the Pro12 was 0-33 to Munster in Cork on 4 November.

Ospreys have not lost to an Italian side since facing Zebre at Parma in May 2014.

The two sides have met on nine previous occasions with Zebre's only victory being 30-27 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in round 21 of the 2013/14 campaign.

The teams:

Zebre: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Lloys Greeff, 10 Serafin Bordoli, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Federico Ruzza, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Valerio Bernabò, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (captain), 3 Guillermo Roan, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Bruno Postiglioni.
Replacements: 16 Adriano Daniele, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Bartholomeus Le Roux, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Davide Fragnito, 21 Carlo Engelbrecht, 22 Faialaga Afamasaga, 23 Maicol Azzolini.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Ben John, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Luke Price, 9 Tom Habberfield (captain), 8 Dan Baker, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tyler Ardron, 5 Lloyd Ashley, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 Olly Cracknell, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Hanno Dirksen, 23 Jonathan Spratt.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland, Stefano Bolzonella (Italy)

GLASGOW WARRIORS v SCARLETS
(Scotstoun - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Glasgow Warriors only defeat in their last seven matches was 12-14 at home to Munster in the European Champions Cup on 14 January.

The Warriors most recent reversal in the Pro12 was also to Munster at Scotstoun on 2 December.

Scarlets have lost just one of their last ten Pro12 encounters: 9-19 to Ospreys at Liberty Stadium in Round 11.

The Welshmen have won once in visits to Scotland since 2013: 16-10 against Glasgow at Scotstoun in Round One last year.

Scarlets beat Glasgow 27-3 at Parc y Scarlets in round 8 and have not achieved a season's double over the Warriors since 2012/13.

Scarlets have visited Scotstoun on four previous occasions in the Pro12 with honours even at two wins and two losses.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Brian Alainu'uese, 3 D'Arcy Rae, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Richie Vernon, 20 Lewis Wynne, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Hagen Schulte, 23 Sean Lamont.

Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Gareth Owen, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (captain), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Will Boyde, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 4 Tom Price, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Luke Garrett, 18 Nicky Thomas, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Joshua Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Steff Hughes.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Kevin White (Scotland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

MUNSTER v NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS
(Irish Independent Park - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Munster have won their last seven matches in the Pro12 since their reversal to Leinster at Aviva Stadium on 8 October.

The Munstermen have lost two of their last four fixtures played in Cork, to Ospreys last February and to Cardiff Blues in September.

Newport Gwent Dragons 26-8 victory at home to Treviso in round 13 ended a three-game losing run in the Pro12.

The Welshmen have lost their last 18 away games in the Pro12 since beating Treviso at Stadio Monigo in March 2015.

Munster's only defeat to the Dragons in their last seven meetings was 6-22 at Rodney Parade in December 2015, whilst Dragons only previous victory on Munster soil came on their first ever visit to Thomond Park in March 2004.

The teams:

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal (captain), 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O'Donoghue, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Dave Foley, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O'Byrne, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Brian Scott, 19 Darren O'Shea, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Abrie Griesel, 22 Francis Saili, 23 Dan Goggin.

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Lewis Evans (captain), 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Sam Beard.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen (Scotland). Stuart Douglas (Ireland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

ULSTER v EDINBURGH
(Kingspan Stadium - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Ulster's only victory in their last six matches in all tournaments was 23-7 at home to Connacht in the Pro12 on 23 December.

Ulster have lost just once at Kingspan Stadium in the Pro12 since last February, and that was by a single point to Munster in Round Seven this season.

Edinburgh's single point defeat at home to Munster on Friday ended a three game winning run in all competitions.

The Scotsmen won their most recent away game in the Pro12 at Zebre on New Year's Eve, to end a run of seven straight defeats on the road in the tournament.

Edinburgh beat Ulster 28-17 at Murrayfield in round eight of the Pro12 and have only once before achieved a season's double over the Irish province – in 2007/08.

Edinburgh's most recent victory in Belfast was 16-13 in the Pro12 in September 2009.

The teams:

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Jacob Stockdale, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Peter Nelson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Alan O’Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Ricky Lutton, 2 John Andrew, 1 Andrew Warwick.
Replacements: 16 Jonny Murphy, 17 Callum Black, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Dave Shanahan, 22 Stuart McCloskey, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 John Hardie, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Neil Cochrane (captain), 1 Jack Cosgrove.
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Nick Beavon, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Viliami Fihaki, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Michael Allen, 23 Rory Scholes.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Davies (Wales) Dermot Thomas (Ireland)
TMO: Paul Adams (Wales)

Sunday, February 12

BENETTON TREVISO v LEINSTER
(Stadio Monigo - Kick-off: 13.30; 12.30 Ireland time; 12.30 GMT)

Benetton Treviso's only victory in the last nine rounds of Pro12 play was 23-12 at home to Zebre on 23 December.

The Italians have not beaten an Irish province since Connacht visited Stadio Monigo in April 2016.

Leinster have lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions: 17-29 away to Munster in the Pro12 on 26 December.

The Leinstermen have not lost on a visit to Italy since going down 13-29 in Treviso in September 2010.

The two sides have met on thirteen previous occasions in the Pro12 with Treviso's only win being on their first clash at Stadio Monigo in Round Three 2010/11, although the two sides did play out a 24-all draw in Italy in November 2014.

Teams:

Treviso: 15 David Odiete, 14 Andrea Pratichetti, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (captain), 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Filippo Gerosa, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Matteo Zanusso, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Guglielmo Zanini, 21 Enrico Francescato, 22 Michael Tagicakibau, 23 Andrea Buondonno.

Leinster: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Dominic Ryan, 5 Ian Nagle, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Richardt Strauss (captain), 1 Peter Dooley.
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Andrew Porter, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Peadar Timmins, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Barry Daly.

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Andrea Spadoni (Italy)

CARDIFF BLUES v CONNACHT
(Cardiff Arms Park - Kick-off: 13.05; 13.05 GMT)

Cardiff Blues have won only one of their last five Pro12 encounters: 27-16 at home to Newport Gwent Dragons on Boxing Day.

The Blues have won three of their last four matches at Sport Cardiff Arms Park in all tournaments since Ulster beat them there in the Pro12 on 3 December.

Connacht's only victory in their last five matches was 66-21 at home to Zebre in the European champions Cup on 4 January.

The Irishmen's only away victory in any tournament this season was 52-7 at Zebre in the champions Cup on 23 October.

Connacht won 18-7 when the two sides me at the Sportsground in round 9 and have never achieved a season's double over Cardiff Blues whilst the only time they have beaten Blues in Cardiff was 26-22 in February 2013.

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Steve Shingler, 11 Rhun Williams, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Lloyd Williams (captain), 8 Nick Williams, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 James Down, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Sion Bennett, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Tom James.

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Craig Ronaldson, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 John Cooney, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Sean O'Brien, 5 James Cannon, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 JP Cooney, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 John Andress, 19 Naulia Dawai, 20 Nepia Fox-Matamua, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Tom Farrell, 23 Danie Poolman.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Elia Rizzo (Italy), Aled Evans (Wales)
TMO: Stefano Penne (Italy)

Source: @PRO12rugby

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:08

PRO12 FRIDAY WRAP: Munster demonstrated why they are top of the Pro12 table with a 45-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park.

Jaco Taute scored two tries - with Andrew Conway and a penalty try giving the home side the try bonus point on the stroke of half time.

* In other Friday matches James Davies starred with a man of the match performance as Scarlets recorded a hard-fought victory at Scotstoun to go above Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 table.

* Ulster ran in four first-half tries to down Edinburgh 24-18 despite a spirited second half comeback at the Kingspan Stadium.

* An incredible 12-minute hat-trick for Dan Evans saw Ospreys to a 40-10 bonus point victory over Zebre to keep the pressure on Munster at the top of the Pro12.

We look at all the Friday matches!

Glasgow Warriors 14-26 Scarlets

James Davies starred with a man of the match performance as Scarlets recorded a hard-fought victory at Scotstoun to go above Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 table.

A Pat MacArthur try had given Warriors the lead but scores from Tom Williams and Davies gave Scarlets a lead that they - with just one defeat in their last 11 - never looked like giving up.

Glasgow's pack got on top of their counterparts in the opening scrum as Scarlets were penalised for collapsing and Rory Clegg knocked over the resulting penalty to open the scoring in the second minute.

But Dan Jones hit back before there were ten minutes on the clock with an effort from just inside the half-way line.

Nick Grigg almost made a telling break two minutes later, streaking up to the Scarlets 22 but the visitors turned it over and cleared their lines.

Jones then went to the bin on the quarter-hour mark after he was adjudged to have taken Sam Johnson late when both going for a loose ball.

From the resulting line-out Warriors charged over and the TMO decided Pat MacArthur had grounded the ball at the bottom of the ruck - Clegg missing the conversion.

A man down, Scarlets enjoyed a spell of pressure inside the Warriors 22, coming from a Will Boyde break down the right.

And the try came soon after as Scarlets swiftly switched play from left to right, with Williams going in at the corner before converting himself to give his side the lead.

But the lead was short-lived as a driving maul rumbled into Scarlets territory and when the ball broke free, the Welsh side were penalised for a high tackle, with Clegg accurate from the tee to regain the lead for Warriors.

Scarlets hit back straight away, though, and the lead switched hands again as a Jones penalty put them two in front.

Two then became nine as a slight feint allowed Davies to finish in the right corner after phase after phase of powerful drives eventually led to the break out wide - Jones adding the extras to send Glasgow into the break trailing 20-11 at home.

Neat hands from the Glasgow forwards looked to have given them a platform to build from early in the second period, but a steal from Davies allowed Scarlets to clear downfield from their own 22.

But Warriors did get on the board nine minutes into the half, with Clegg kicking a long-range effort of his own to give Glasgow some respite from Scarlets' pressure.

The home side then exerted some pressure of their own, but after 14 phases a knock on put pay to their position in the Scarlets 22.

And when Grigg found himself offside in his own half Jones knocked over another penalty to re-establish their nine-point lead.

Try as Glasgow might to string phases together and force their way back into the game, handling errors and turnovers were costing the home side dearly as the clock ticked ever closer to 80 minutes.

In the final ten minutes Warriors struggled to get out of their own half as the Scarlets defence, led by Davies, strangled the home side's backs at every opportunity as Wayne Pivac's side sealed the 12-point win to leapfrog their Scottish opponents in the league.

The scorers:

For Glasgow Warriors:
Try:
MacArthur
Pens: Clegg 3

For Scarlets:
Tries:
 Williams, J Davies
Cons: Williams D Jones
Pens: D Jones 3, Thomas

Yellow card: Dan Jones (Scarlets, 14)

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Brian Alainu'uese, 3 D'Arcy Rae, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Richie Vernon, 20 Lewis Wynne, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Hagen Schulte, 23 Sean Lamont.

Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Gareth Owen, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (captain), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Will Boyde, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 4 Tom Price, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Luke Garrett, 18 Nicky Thomas, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Joshua Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Steff Hughes.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Kevin White (Scotland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Munster 45-17 Newport Gwent Dragons

Munster demonstrated why they are top of the Pro12 table with a 45-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park.

Jaco Taute scored two tries with Andrew Conway and a penalty try giving the home side the try bonus point on the stroke of half-time.

Rhys Buckley and Elliot Dee touched down in reply for the Dragons but Dave Kilcoyne and Ronan O'Mahony added try numbers five and six.

Munster, who had flyhalf Tyler Bleyendaal kick 15 points, maintained their one-point advantage over Ospreys, who secured a try bonus point over Zebre, at the top of the league.

Tyler Bleyendaal and Dorian Jones exchanged penalties in the opening ten minutes before Taute found a whole in the Dragons defence.

He touched down with 13 minutes gone after good work in the build up from Rhys Marshall with Bleyendaal adding the extra to put the league leaders 10-3 up.

And Munster had their second try soon after when Bleyendaal intercepted a Dragons pass and chipped the ball ahead for fullback Conway to collect and touchdown.

Bleyendaal added the extras and Munster were 17-3 ahead with 20 minutes played.

Taute crashed over from close range for his second, and Munster's third try, just before the half hour with Bleyendaal once again on target with his boot.

The Dragons fought back and had their first try of the evening through Buckley as he forced his way over at the tail of a driving line-out with Jones slotting the extras.

But the visitors were reduced to 14 men when the TMO adjudged fullback Carl Meyer's knock on to have been deliberate and a penalty try was awarded to Munster.

Bleyendaal added the extras once more to give Munster a 31-10 half-time lead with the bonus point already secured.

Darren O'Shea was shown a yellow card five minutes into the second half and the Dragons made it as they drove a scrum over the try line with replacement Dee touching down.

Jones converted to make it 31-17 but Kilcoyne crashed over for the hosts' fifth try of the evening with 63 minutes gone which Bleyendaal converted to make it 38-17.

O'Mahony added further gloss to the Munster performance by getting the sixth try in the final play of the game with Bleyendaal keeping his 100 per cent record from the tee.

The scorers:

For Munster:
Tries
: Taute 2, Conway, Penalty try, Kilcoyne, O'Mahony
Cons: Bleyendaal 6
Pen: Bleyendaal

For Newport Gwent Dragons:
Tries
: Buckley, Dee
Cons: Jones 2
Pen: Jones

Yellow card: Darren O'Shea (Munster, 55)

Teams:

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal (captain), 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O'Donoghue, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Dave Foley, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O'Byrne, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Brian Scott, 19 Darren O'Shea, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Abrie Griesel, 22 Francis Saili, 23 Dan Goggin.

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Lewis Evans (captain), 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Sam Beard.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen (Scotland), Stuart Douglas (Ireland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Ulster 24-18 Edinburgh

Ulster ran in four first-half tries to down Edinburgh 24-18 despite a spirited second half comeback at the Kingspan Stadium.

The back three of Charles Piutau, Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik combined to open up the Edinburgh defence after Magnus Bradbury had powered over for the visitors' opener.

Stockdale secured the try bonus point before half-time but Edinburgh hit back with a slick score from Damien Hoyland and a late penalty but the damage had been done in the first 40.

The visitors gain a losing bonus point and will rue three missed conversions from flyhalf Jason Tovey.

Edinburgh started the quicker with No.8 Bradbury scoring the game's first try early in the first half, touching down in the corner after several attacking phases.

Ulster gained good field position when the home side were penalised for a high tackle, Paul Marshall snuck over the line under the posts to put Ulster ahead.

Centre Darren Cave touched down minutes later before the scintillating Piutau broke two tackles to offload to fullback Ludik who dive over in the corner.

Stockdale then secured the bonus point before the break as Ulster threatened to run away with it.

But, the visitors managed to respond before the break through hooker Stuart McInally who was on the end of a powerful Edinburgh driving maul to make the score 24-10 at the interval.

Les Kiss will be concerned by the sight of Piutau limping off in the second half after colliding with Edinburgh's Tom Brown.

The visitors got themselves back into the game midway through the second half after some slick handling from centre Chris Dean released Hoyland to touch down in the corner. Fly-half Tovey failed to convert.

Replacement Sam Hidalgo-Clyne took over kicking duties and landed a long-range penalty to put the visitors within a score 15 minutes from time.

As the players tired, the game began to open up and Edinburgh conceded late penalties on the halfway line to continually lose ground to the home side.

Two minutes from time, Edinburgh winger Brown latched onto a bouncing ball and his side gained 70 metres, threatening the Ulster line only to be penalised.

Ulster held out for a bonus point victory, maintain pressure on the top four, despite not scoring in the second half.

The scorers:

For Ulster:
Tries
: Marshall, Cave, Ludik, Stockdale
Cons: Nelson 2

For Edinburgh:
Tries
: Bradbury, McInally, Hoyland
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne

Teams:

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Jacob Stockdale, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Peter Nelson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Alan O'Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Ricky Lutton, 2 John Andrew, 1 Andrew Warwick.
Replacements: 16 Jonny Murphy, 17 Callum Black, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Dave Shanahan, 22 Stuart McCloskey, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 John Hardie, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Neil Cochrane (captain), 1 Jack Cosgrove.
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Nick Beavon, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Viliami Fihaki, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Michael Allen, 23 Rory Scholes.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Davies (Wales), Shane Kierans (Ireland)
TMO: Paul Adams (Wales)

Zebre 10-40 Ospreys

An incredible 12-minute hat-trick for Dan Evans saw Ospreys to a 40-10 bonus point victory over Zebre to keep the pressure on Munster at the top of the Pro12.

Zebre had started well and were 10-0 up after Tommaso Boni's early try but Ashley Beck's score with the last play of the first-half was a sign of things to come.

Dan Evans hat-trick in the opening minutes of the second-half turned the game on its head with Sam Parry getting a fifth as Zebre were twice reduced to 14 men.

A fine solo try from Dafydd Howells added further gloss to the Ospreys performance after Oliviero Fabiani had been shown the Italian's third yellow card.

Guglielmo Palazzani had got the home side off the mark with a penalty with just three minutes gone and Zebre extended their lead soon after as outside centre Boni crossed after a Derick Minnie turnover.

Italy international Palazzani slotted the conversion to put his side ten points to the good with just ten minutes gone but his second penalty attempt, this time from halfway, went wide.

And the miss was punished by the Ospreys as inside centre Ashley Beck got over the whitewash in the final play of the first half with Luke Price, in his first Pro12 start, adding the conversion.

The try was Beck's 27th for the Ospreys taking him level with Lee Byrne in the club's all-time list.

The Ospreys took the lead for the first time three minutes into the second-half as Evans broke through the defensive line and Price converted.

And it was Evans again almost instantly for Ospreys third, with Price slotting his third conversion, and the visitors were suddenly in control at 21-10.

With Zebre on the back foot, South African winger Lloyd Greeff was shown a yellow card for killing the ball as Sam Underhill was stopped short of the line.

The try bonus point was secured with just 52 minutes gone as Evans crossed for his hat-trick.

Zebre returned to their full compliment but only briefly as Gideon Koegelenberg was sent to the sin bin on the hour mark with hooker Parry going over for Ospreys' fifth try which Price converted.

Referee David Wilkinson showed his third yellow card of the game to Zebre's Fabiani for a deliberate knock on as the visitors attacked from their own half.

Howells rounded off a fine second-half performance from the Ospreys with a fantastic individual effort with Price's conversion making it 40-10.

The scorers:

For Zebre:
Try
: Boni
Con: Palazzani
Pen: Palazzani

For Ospreys:
Tries
: Beck, Evans 3, Parry, Howells
Cons: Price 5

Yellow cards: Lloyd Greeff (Zebre, 48), Oliviero Fabiani (Zebre, 74)

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Lloys Greeff, 10 Serafin Bordoli, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Federico Ruzza, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Valerio Bernabò, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (captain), 3 Guillermo Roan, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Bruno Postiglioni.
Replacements: 16 Adriano Daniele, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Bartholomeus Le Roux, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Davide Fragnito, 21 Carlo Engelbrecht, 22 Faialaga Afamasaga, 23 Maicol Azzolini.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Ben John, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Luke Price, 9 Tom Habberfield (captain), 8 Dan Baker, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tyler Ardron, 5 Lloyd Ashley, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 Olly Cracknell, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Hanno Dirksen, 23 Jonathan Spratt.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Stefano Bolzonella (Italy)

Source: @PRO12rugby