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Pro14 | Bloemfontein
17:30 (GMT) | 16-09-2017
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The siren sounds as the reset kick is taken. The ball is passed forward and the referee blows for FULL TIME
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Palazzani adds the extras
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Line-out taken and Bisegni gets a pass on the inside then slides over the line to pull one back for his team
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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They move it to the opposite wing and the Cheetahs give away a penalty in the ruck
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The ball is lost into touch and Zebre have a throw around the half way
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The Cheetahs again on the attack after the restart. Meyer kicking forward for the hosts looking for his speedsters. Zebre have it at their 22 now
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Stapelberg puts it between the sticks
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The ball sent out wide to Petersen who is jogging alongside the wing ready for the opportunity and it comes. He bursts forward and puts it down for another TRY
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The Cheetahs make their way forward after the line-out
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They take their throw and look to build from their half. They win a penalty to relieve some of the pressure
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The Cheetahs on the defence now. Zebre motivated once again after conceding. The hosts have a throw inside their 22
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Stapelberg secures the conversion
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The Cheetahs have it around the mid field after the reset. Tian Meyer gets it after a scrappy offload and turns on the acceleration and scoots over the line to increase the lead once more
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Violi adds the extras
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The away team showing good attacking form as they make their way forward through the phases. The ball is sent out wide and Afamasaga makes it over the line to score a TRY
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to Zebre at the 22 of the Cheetahs after the reset kick
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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They have a line-out inside the 22. They opt for the maul and disintegrate quickly. Van Jaarsveld gets it and powers through the defense to score a second TRY
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The Cheetahs on the attack after the reset kick now
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Violi adds the extras
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The ball moved to the opposite wing as they stretch the Cheetahs. Bellini gets it on the run and he makes it over the line to score the TRY
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The ball is sent into touch at the 22 of the Cheetahs
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Zebre looking to regain their composure now as they win a penalty at the 10 of the hosts
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Stapelberg puts it between the sticks
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They take another maul at the 5 and Van Jaarsveld makes it over the line with his team to get the TRY
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The maul collapsed again and Biagi, the try-scorer, is awarded a yellow card
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Line-out taken and the referee blows for a penalty after the maul is collapsed. Stapelberg kicks into touch at the 5
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The visitors take the ball out the back and work their way forward from their 10. They give away a penalty and the Cheetahs send it into touch at the 22 of Zebre
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The Cheetahs lose the ball forward as they go on the attack again following the reset
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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The Cheetahs maneuver themselves forward and Petersen pops a kick through for Mapimpi who collects and grabs a brace
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at the away team 10
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Scrum to Zebre early in the second half. They take their scrum at their 22 and move to the 10 but the referee blows for an infringement
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The referee sounds his whistle for HALF TIME as the ball is booted into touch
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Canna takes his kick and hits the posts
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The away team have another penalty from at the 10 of the hosts
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The conversion is good
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Zebre inside the 5 now working hard to put it down between the sticks. The ball is sent to Johan Meyer and he scores a TRY for Zebre
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the away team at the Cheetahs 5
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The restart kick is sent to the 22. The ball is passed loosely around the back in the Cheetahs half. Stapelberg has it and loses it on his try line. He scoops it up again and the referee awards visitors a penalty inside the 5
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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The hosts win a penalty from the scrum and kick into touch around the 22 of the visitors. The Cheetahs take the throw and move the ball around the pitch inside the 22. They set up their attacking line at the 5 and send it over the top for Obi who takes it along the edge and stumbles over the line to score a TRY
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Scrum to the Zebre side at the 10 of the hosts
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The ball lost forward after the reset kick
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Stapelberg secures the extras
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The Cheetahs showing determination as they progress forward with the extra man. Small-Smith gets it along the wing and sneaks inside the 5 then changes his angle to dive over the line and score the Cheetahs' second TRY
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The referee awards Sisi a yellow card for his efforts.
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The ball kicked straight into touch from their 22 and the Cheetahs have another chance but lose it in the throw
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Line-out taken and Zebre turnover then clear
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The Cheetahs move forward with the restart kick. They win a penalty around the half way and kick into touch at the 22 of the away team
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He sends it wide
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The referee blows for a penalty to the away side and Canna lines up his third penalty
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The Cheetahs clear after the reset. Zebre bring it back and look for a chip-chase from the 10 of the hosts
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The conversion is sent wide
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Mapimpi gets it on the edge of the pitch and shows his worth as he speeds forward to pull some points bag for the home side
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Zebre kick forward after the restart. The hosts send it out wide to the wing
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The conversion is sent wide
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Zebre with some good continuity as they press forward from the 22. Biagi the man who bags the first TRY of the game
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Scrum to the away side at the half way
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The ball lost forward again as Zebre make their way forward
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the visitors around their 22
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The Cheetahs keeping the ball in the away tram half. They break into the 22 but the ball is lost forward at the last
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Canna takes the kick from the 5 and adds 3 more
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Zebre make it to the 5 of the hosts and look for a kick forward under advantage privilege. The ball goes into touch and they come back for a penalty
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Zebre turnover and kick forward from the half way. It's sent back by Petersen and the ball goes into to the stands
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The Cheetahs kick into touch at their 10 for a throw
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Zebre carrying forward after the scrum. They make it to the 22 but give away a penalty for playing the man in the air
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Scrum to Zebre
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The ball lost forward in contact around the 10 of the visitors
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He takes his kick and opens the scoring with 3 points
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Penalty to Zebre early in the first half and Canna sets up for a kick at goal
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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This is the two sides first ever meeting
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Zebre's most recent victory in the Pro14 was 29-14 at home to Dragons on 8 April, whilst they have not won away from home since beating Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Round Seven last season.
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Cheetahs most recent victory was 21-20 against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in July, whilst they have not been victorious in Bloemfontein since beating Japanese outfit, Sunwolves, in Super in early March
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Daniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Henco Venter
  • 8 Junior Pokomela
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Ernst Stapelberg
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Luther Obi
  • 15 Sergeal Petersen
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Johannes Coetzee
  • 19 Reynier Bernardo
  • 20 Chris Dry
  • 21 Tian Meyer
  • 22 Nico Lee
  • 23 Cecil Afrika
START LINE UP
  • 15 Claren Gaffney
  • 14 Giulio Bisegni
  • 13 Mattia Bellini
  • 12 Tommaso Castello
  • 11 Gabriele Di Giulio
  • 10 Carlo Canna
  • 9 Marcello Violi
  • 8 Renato Giammarioli
  • 7 Giovanni Licata
  • 6 Johan Meyer
  • 5 George Biagi
  • 4 David Sisi
  • 3 Dario Chistolini
  • 2 Oliviero Fabiani
  • 1 Andrea Lovotti
RESERVES
  • 23 Falalaga Afamasaga
  • 22 Serafin Bordoli
  • 21 Guglielmo Palazzani
  • 20 Derick Minnie
  • 19 Leonard Krumov
  • 18 Roberto Tenga
  • 17 Andrea De Marchi
  • 16 Sami Panico
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Preview: Pro14, Round Three

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:28

SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH AFRICA: History will be made once again this weekend when South Africa hosts its first-ever Pro14 matches.

The Southern Kings entertain Leinster in Port Elizabeth, before the Cheetahs host Zebre in Bloemfontein.

Both South African teams will be looking to make a promising start as they play their first home games of the campaign after their opening tours of the United Kingdom and Ireland in Rounds One and Two.

Six teams enter in Round Three with undefeated records with champions Scarlets joined by Leinster and Munster as on the only sides with maximum points from the first two rounds.

Four teams who have won two from two reside in Conference B (Scarlets, Leinster, Ulster and Edinburgh) as the new Championship format begins to take shape.

Leinster look to maintain their hot start to the season after wins against Dragons and Cardiff Blues, but they will be up against a Southern Kings team eager to rebound from their losses in the opening rounds. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will become the 40th venue to host a Championship fixture and a big crowd is expected to witness this first cross-hemisphere clash on South African soil.

Zebre will be the second European team to taste the action in South Africa when they take on the Cheetahs with both sides looking to pick their first wins of the season. The Scottish teams, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh, will put their unbeaten records on the line when they face Cardiff Blues and Benetton, respectively.

It's a debut campaign for coaches at both clubs - Dave Rennie at Glasgow Warriors and Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh - and already they have shown that their playing philosophies can work in the Pro14.

In Wales, Ospreys will be keen to strike back against Munster after their loss in Glasgow last weekend. These teams last met in the Pro12 semifinal last May and Steve Tandy's men will be to ensure they claw back some ground on their Conference A rivals. Bernard Jackman's Dragons will host Connacht, one of his former clubs, as he aims to deliver a first win of the season at Rodney Parade were both teams should be able to take advantage of the fantastic new surface which was laid during the off season.

Pick of the Round: Ulster v Scarlets

One team is certain to lose their unbeaten record when Scarlets visit Kingspan Stadium with the champions going up against Les Kiss' Ulster who have started strongly. Scarlets will arrive with some of the Pro14's most impressive attacking players with Steff Evans, Johnny McNicholl and Gareth Davies all continuing on their sharp form that helped win the title in May.

But the home-team dressing room contains the likes of Charles Piutau, Christian Lealiifano, Tommy Bowe, Jean Deysel and Marcell Coetzee so this promises to be an explosive affair from the off.

Opta Top Performers - Round Two
* Tackles made: Twenty-one - Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors)
* Carries: Twenty-five - Olly Cracknell (Ospreys)
* Defenders beaten: Nine - Ashton Hewitt (Dragons)
* Offloads: Four - Masixole Banda (Southern Kings)
* Breaks: Four - John Cooney (Ulster)
* Metres made: Hundred-and-forty - Jacob Stockdale (Munster)
* Turnovers won: Four - Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh)
* Line-out steals: Two - Quinn Roux (Connacht)

PRO14 CONFERENCES

CONFERENCE A: Cardiff Blues, Cheetahs, Connacht, Glasgow Warriors, Munster, Ospreys, Zebre.
CONFERENCE B: Benetton, Dragons, Edinburgh, Southern Kings, Leinster, Scarlets, Ulster.

We look at all the Round Three action!

Friday, September 15

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS v CONNACHT
(Rodney Parade, Newport - Kick-off: 19.30; 18.30 GMT)

Dragons only victory in their last fifteen Pro14 matches was 26-8 at home to Benetton last January.

The Welsh Region's most recent victory at Rodney Parade was 34-10 over Russian outfit Enisei in Round Five of last season's European Challenge Cup in January.

Dragons last win over an Irish province was against this week's opponents, Connacht, in Newport in Round Eight last season.

Connacht's triumph over Southern Kings on Friday ended a run of five straight defeats in the Pro14.

The Irishmen's only away victory in the last four rounds was in Edinburgh on 7 April.

Connacht won on their most recent visit to Wales, beating the Blues 19-13 in Cardiff in February.

Connacht's only loss in their last nine encounters with Dragons was at Rodney Parade on 4 November 2016.

The teams:

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Gavin Henson, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 James Benjamin, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 Harrison Keddie, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Leon Brown, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Owain Leonard, 22 Dorian Jones, 23 Jared Rosser.

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran, 14 Darragh Leader, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Rory Scholes, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Eoghan Masterson, 5 James Cannon, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Coulson.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Steve Crosbie, 23 Eoin Griffin.

Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Evans, Rhys Thomas (both Wales)

EDINBURGH v BENETTON TREVISO
(Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Edinburgh have won their last four Pro14 matches but have not won five in a row in the competition since 2009.

The Scotsmen have lost two of their last three fixtures against Italian opponents.

Benetton's two victories in the last five rounds of the Pro14 were at home to Edinburgh in April and away at Zebre in round 22 last season.

The Italians only victory outside of Italy since 2013 came on a visit to Bayonne in the European Challenge Cup in December 2016.

Benetton's 21-6 victory over Edinburgh in round 20 last season ended a run of five successive defeats to the Scottish side.

The Italian outfit's most recent victory in Scotland was 27-22 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October 2012.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Robbie Fruean, 11 Jason Harries, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Magnus Bradbury (captain), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Simon Berghan, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 WP Nel, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Jason Tovey, 23 Junior Rasolea.

Benetton Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Alberto Sgarbi, 12 Tommaso Allan, 11 Tommaso Benvenuti, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Dean Budd (captain), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Engjel Makelara, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Luca Sperandio, 23 Marco Zanon.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton, Dunx McClement (both Scotland)

ULSTER v SCARLETS
(Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Ulster have won their last three Pro14 encounters since slipping up at Ospreys at the end of April.

The Ulstermen have lost just once at Kingspan Stadium in the Championship since Scarlets beat them there by a single point in February 2016: 14-15 to Munster in Round Seven last season.

Scarlets have won their last nine Pro14 encounters, whilst another victory would equal their best ever sequence in the competition, set in 2015.

Scarlets have lost only one of their last eight encounters with Irish provinces: 9-45 to Leinster at the RDS Arena in March.

When the two sides met last season the home team were triumphant on both occasions whilst Scarlets only victory in Belfast since September 2008 was 21-20 in February 2016.

The teams:

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Jean Deysel, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Chris Henry (captain), 5 Alan O'Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Kyle McCall.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Robbie Diack, 20 Matthew Rea, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny Mcnicholl, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 John Barclay, 7 Will Boyde, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens (captain), 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 David Bulbring, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Jonathan Davies.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Vincenzo Schipani (Italy), Kieran Barry (Ireland)
TMO: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Saturday, September 16

SOUTHERN KINGS v LEINSTER
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 14.15; 12.15 GMT)

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth becomes the 40th different venue to host a Pro14 encounter, and the first in South Africa.

Southern Kings have lost their last three matches since beating the Bulls 31-30 in Pretoria in Super in July.

Kings most recent victory in Port Elizabeth was 35-32 against The Sharks on 13 May.

Leinster have begun their Pro14 campaign with maximum points but have not started a Championship season with wins in their first three matches since 2001/02.

The Leinsterman's only defeat in their last six away games in the Championship was 13-17 to Ulster in Belfast in round 22 last season.

The two sides have never met before.

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Petrus Strauss, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa/Oliver Zono, 23 Jacques Nel.

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 Rhys Ruddock (captain), 5 James Ryan, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Seán Cronin, 1 Ed Byrne.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

OSPREYS v MUNSTER
(Liberty Stadium, Swansea - Kick-off: 15.15; 14.15 GMT)

Ospreys only victory in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 22-13 against Zebre in Round One in the only home game in that sequence.

Ospreys have won just two of their last eight matches at Liberty Stadium against Irish provinces - over Connacht in January and Ulster in April.

Munster's solitary defeat in their last 10 Pro14 fixtures was 22-46 in last year's final to Scarlets at Aviva Stadium.

Munster are in the midst of their best ever away record in the Championship having won on each of their last eight trips away from home since losing in Leinster in Round Six last season.

Munster have lost just one of their last six fixtures against Ospreys: 17-21 in Cork in February 2016 whilst the Munstermen have been victorious on three of their last four visits to Liberty Stadium.

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Cory Allen, 12 James Hook, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Justin Tipuric (captain), 6 James King, 5 Lloyd Ashley, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal (captain), 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Sean O’Connor, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Liam O’Connor.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 James Cronin, 18 John Ryan, 19 Fineen Wycherley, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 James Hart, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Simon Zebo

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Adam Jones (both Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)

CHEETAHS v ZEBRE
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.30' 18.30 GMT)

The Stadium in Bloemfontein becomes the 41st different venue to host a Pro14 encounter.

Cheetahs most recent victory was 21-20 against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in July, whilst they have not been victorious in Bloemfontein since beating Japanese outfit, Sunwolves, in Super in early March.

Zebre's most recent victory in the Pro14 was 29-14 at home to Dragons on 8 April, whilst they have not won away from home since beating Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Round Seven last season.

This is the two sides first ever meeting.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche. 
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Chris Dry, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Cecil Afrika.

Zebre: 15 Ciaran Gaffney, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Mattia Bellini, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Gabriele Di Giulio, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Giovanni Licata, 6 Johan Meyer, 5 George Biagi, 4 David Sisi, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Sami Panico, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Leonard Krumov, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Serafin Bordoli, 23 Faialaga Afamasaga.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

CARDIFF BLUES v GLASGOW WARRIORS
(Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Cardiff Blues have begun the season with a pair of defeats, at home to Edinburgh and away to Leinster, but have not started a Pro14 campaign with three successive reversals since 2009-10.

The Blues last five matches at the Arms Park in the Championship have resulted in two wins and three defeats.

Glasgow Warriors have beaten Connacht and Ospreys in rounds 1 and 2, but have not started a Pro14 campaign with three successive wins since 2014/15, when they went on to take the title.

The Scotsmen's 18-12 victory in Connacht in round 1 was their first on the road in the Championship since they visited Treviso on New Year's Eve, whilst their only win in Wales last season was against Dragons in Round Five.

The Warriors only defeat to Blues in their last dozen PRO14 fixtures was 19-23 at the Arms Park in Round Three last year.

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Tom James, 10 Steve Shingler, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 2 Matthew Rees (captain), 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 George Earle, 20 Macauley Cook, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos (captain), 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Matt Fagerson, 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Mike English (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

 

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Cheetahs bag first Pro14 win

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:00

PRO14 REPORT: The Cheetahs bagged their first win in the Pro14 competition when they beat Zebre 54-39 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

In the second ever Pro14 encounter hosted on Southern Hemisphere territory, it was Zebre who showcased more attacking prowess from the off as the travelling Italians raced into an 11-0 lead.

But the Cheetahs powered back through successive tries from Makazole Mapimpi, Luther Obi and William Small-Smith to ignite a blistering first-half.

The South African outfit turned on the heat after the break as Torsten Van Jaarsveld and Mapimpi completed doubles.

Zebre's ill-discipline saw Dave Sisi and George Biagi sin-binned, as their frustration fuelled the Cheetah's dominance.

It looked like Rory Duncan's side were destined for another defeat when Biagi crossed for Zebre's first try on South African soil following efficient support play from the forward pods.

But the Cheetahs responded almost immediately after Mapimpi stormed down the wing to cross at the other end.

Mapimpi's magic sparked the one-sided game into action, as Canna failed to make it three penalties from three.

And the hosts capitalised with the extra man, as Small-Smith ran a perfect infield line with eyes only for the tryline after a perfectly timed offload from François Venter.

Ernst Stapelberg edged the hosts in front with the conversion, before Obi plucked Francois Venter's floating pass to run in for Zebre's third try and complete a memorable first-half resurgence.

The visitors remained in touching distance as Johan Meyer charged over at the other end to pull a try back with 14 men, as Michael Bradley’s side trailed by a point at the break.

But the momentum remained with the Cheetahs after the restart, as Mapimpi latched onto Sergeal Petersen's grubber to grab the Cheetahs' fourth.

And a fifth ensued after a solid driving maul from the hosts saw Torsten Van Jaarsveld power through Zebre's rattled defensive line, with Stapelberg putting daylight between the two sides at 33-18.

But just as they had done in the first half, Zebre refused to relinquish with a man down and Mattia Bellini stormed over, with Marcelo Violi slotting his first points of the game at 33-25.

Van Jaarsveld crossed at the other end for the Cheetahs' sixth, before Faialaga Afamasaga reduced the deficit to six points with a try with Violi converting.

Tian Meyer broke clear of Zebre's defence to dive over, before Petersen joined in on the fun with his second and the Cheetahs' eighth.

Giulio Bisegni salvaged a fifth at the death for Zebre, with Guglielmo Palazzani converting, but it was not enough as the Italian side's winless run in the new season continues.

Source: @PRO14Official

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Mapimpi 2, Small-Smith, Obi, Van Jaarsveld 2, Meyer, Petersen
Cons: Stapelberg 7

For Zebre:
Tries: Biagi, Meyer, Bellini, Afamasaga, Bisegni
Cons: Canna, Violi 2, Palazzani
Pens: Canna 2

Yellow cards: David Sisi (Zebre, 26 - foul play, dangerous charge); George Biagi (Zebre, 51 - cynical play, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche. 
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Chris Dry, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Cecil Afrika.

Zebre: 15 Ciaran Gaffney, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Mattia Bellini, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Gabriele Di Giulio, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Giovanni Licata, 6 Johan Meyer, 5 George Biagi, 4 David Sisi, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Sami Panico, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Leonard Krumov, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Serafin Bordoli, 23 Faialaga Afamasaga.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Makazole Mapimpi (18min), William Small-Smith (27min), Luther Obi (31min), Makazole Mapimpi (44min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (51min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (59min), Tian Meyer (66min), and Sergeal Petersen (72min)
TRIES
George Biagi (15min), Johan Meyer (36min), Mattia Bellini (56min), Falalaga Afamasaga (63min), and Giulio Bisegni (78min)
Ernst Stapelberg (28min), Ernst Stapelberg (32min), Ernst Stapelberg (46min), Ernst Stapelberg (52min), Ernst Stapelberg (60min), Ernst Stapelberg (68min), and Ernst Stapelberg (73min)
CONVERSIONS
Carlo Canna (37min), Marcello Violi (57min), and Guglielmo Palazzani (79min)
 
PENALTIES
Carlo Canna (2min) and Carlo Canna (9min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
David Sisi (26min) and George Biagi (50min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Andrew Brace (Ireland)