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Pro14 | Bloemfontein
18:00 (GMT) | 22-09-2017
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Stapelberg adds the extras and that's the end of the game
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Leinster looking to play the ball wide when out of nowhere Luther Obi intercepts and scores from 60m out
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Leinster wins a penalty on the ground for holding on. They opt for touch and look to build an attack from there
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The home team wins a scrum penalty and opts for touch.
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Leinster wins a penalty and they tap it quickly. They put it up in the middle but the ball is lost forward in contact. Cheetahs scrum inside their own half as some tired bodies are all over the ground for the home team.
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Leinster edging closer on the score board. They win a penalty after the restart and opt for touch. Leinster building a few phases and getting over the advantage line
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Byrne adds the extras
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Play shifting up and down the field as possession changes hand twice. Leinster with ball in hand and Daly finds some space. He scores a beautiful try for his hatrick
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Leinster line-out ball goes over the top and the Cheetahs gathers and clears into touch
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Leinster wins a penalty at the scrum and Byrne kicks to touch quickly
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The Cheetahs clear from the scrum as Venter finds touch on the halfway mark. Leinster looks to hold onto the ball and attack but handling errors keep creeping into the away team game and stopping their momentum. Cheetahs scrum just inside their own half
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Leinster attacking 5m away but the Cheetahs defense doing well to drive them back. Cheetahs scrum on their own 5 as pressure is relieved
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The away team managing to hold onto possession much better than earlier in the game and applying pressure after the restart. They Win a penalty and opt for touch
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Byrne adds the extras
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After the restart the Leinster team looks much better on the attack. They win a penakty and opt for touch where after they put up a few phases before Barry Daly goes over in the left corner
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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The Cheetahs look to maul from the line-out they put it up in the middle and Nche powers his way over the try line
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Leinster scrum deep inside their own half. Leinster is penalised at the scrum and the Cheetahs opts for touch.
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Leinster scrum close to their 22. Scrum reser. Leinster gets a free-kick and they take it quick. Possession changes hand and Specman finds space wide.
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Leinster with ball in hand looking to build a few phases. The ball is lost forward snd the Cheetahs pounces on it and looks to counter as Mapimpi finds apace wide
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After the restart the Cheetahs wins another oenalty. This time for a high tackle. Both teams making use of the boot to exert pressure.
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Stapelberg fails to add the extras
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The Cheetahs opt for touch and looks to maul. They find some momentum and drives over the line.Torsten Van Jaarsveld dots it down
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The home team attacking in front of the Leinster goalline. They go wide but the ball is lost forward. The ref goes up to check foul play and spots James Tracy with a dangerous tackle and books him for 10 min
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The Cheetahs gets the 2nd half on the way and they win an early penalty and opt for touch. Another oenalty for the home team and again they opt for touch

Half Time

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Final scrum of the half for the Cheetahs. Stapelberf tries a cross kick to the opposite side but Leinster secures the ball in kicks it into touch.that's the end of a very busy 1st half
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After the restart Leinster gets their hands on the ball and looks to attack wid. Kearny puts in a chip and chase but Oetersen beats him to the chase 22 drop out for the home team
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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Cheetah scrum inside their own half. They attack the blind side and Venter finds some space William Small-Smith is in support and scores the try. What a try!
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Leinster wins a penalty and taps it quick. They find some space wide before the ball is turned over by the Cheetahs who looks to clear
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Leinster making good use of the boot as they find touch behind the Cheatahs defense.
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Cheetahs scrum inside their own half. They look to go wide and Mapimpi runs out of space and steps back i field. The Cheetahs managing to recycle the ball quickly and attacking again. Leinster wins a penalty and opts for touch
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After the restart the Cheetahs look to run from deep inside their own half.Venter finds some space
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Cheetahs with ball in hand and looking to attack. They win another penalty in front of goal. Stapelberg doesn't look like he'll miss tonight. Over she goes!
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After the restart handling errors brings the game to stop with scrums for both teams. The Cheetahs look to apply pressure on a kick but Leinster clears into touch
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Stapelberg makes sure it goes sailing over
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The Cheetahs loom to maul from the line-out but they fail to get momentum and looks to run it short. Cheetahs win another penalty in front of goal and opts for goal
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The home team attacking in front of goal. Edging closer but a turnover is made by Leinster and they clear into touch to release some pressure
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The Cheetahs gets ball back and opt to kick it high and apply pressure. Their effort is rewarded with a penalty. They opt for touch
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Penalty for Leinster and they opt for touch...Finding it 22 metres out as they look to attack
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After the restart the Cheetahs look to run from their own half but Leinster's defense forces them to clear
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The Cheetahs wins a penalty again in front of Leinster's goal and Stapelberg makes no mistake
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After the restart Leinster wins a penalty and opts for goal Byrne fails to kick it over
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Conversion is missed
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Free-kick for the away team. They tap quick and put it up in the middle before spreading it wide for Barry Daly to go over for a try
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After the restart a mistake by the Cheetahs sees the away team win a scrum right in front of goal
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Leinster gets the game on the way with a relatively deep kick-off. The Cheetahs secure the ball and kicks. Leinster returns the kick and Petersen looks to counter. The Cheetahas wins a penalty and Stapelberg lines it up. He makes sure it goes through the middle as the Cheetahs draw first blood
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking to the field. Weather conditions seem perfect for an epic clash upfront in the forwad pack while the Cheetahs will hope their outside backs find some space wide
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Players to look out for in the Cheetahs side is Sergeal Petersen, Rosco Speckman and Teboho Mohoje who is back from injury while the away team will expect strong performances from Isa Nacewa, Jordi Murphy and Cian Healy.
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There are a number of changes to Leo Cullen's side following the 31-10 win over the Kings in Leinster's first PRO14 game on South African soil last week, with Luke McGrath, Fergus McFadden and James Ryan all missing out due to injury. Cullen has again selected Joey Carbery at full-back, while Dave Kearney swaps wings this week as Barry Daly is named out left for his first start of the campaign. Cheetahs grabbed a maiden Pro14 victory in a 93 point, 13 try thriller against Zebre in Bloemfontein last weekend. Cheetahs victory last weekend ended a five-game losing run at Stadium, all in Super matches. Leinster have made a perfect start to the 2017/18 campaign with three maximum point victories - this is already their best ever beginning to a Pro14 season since the league went home and away in 2003/04.
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Welcome to Bloemfontein where the Cheatahs will face off against Leinster in this Pro14 fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Daniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Henco Venter
  • 8 Teboho Mohoje
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Ernst Stapelberg
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Rosco Speckman
  • 15 Sergeal Petersen
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 18 Johannes Coetzee
  • 19 Reynier Bernardo
  • 20 Junior Pokomela
  • 21 Shaun Venter
  • 22 Nico Lee
  • 23 Luther Obi
START LINE UP
  • 1 Cian Healy
  • 2 James Tracy
  • 3 Michael Bent
  • 4 Ross Molony
  • 5 Mick Kearney
  • 6 Jordi Murphy
  • 7 Josh van der Flier
  • 8 Jack Conan
  • 9 Jamison Gibson-Park
  • 10 Ross Byrne
  • 11 Barry Daly
  • 12 Isa Nacewa
  • 13 Noel Reid
  • 14 Dave Kearney
  • 15 Joey Carbery
RESERVES
  • 16 Sean Cronin
  • 17 Peter Dooley
  • 18 Andrew Porter
  • 19 Rhys Ruddock
  • 20 Max Deegan
  • 21 Nick McCarthy
  • 22 Cathal Marsh
  • 23 Rory O'Loughlin
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Preview: Pro14, Round Four

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:53

THE UNBEATEN QUARTET: Four teams remain unbeaten as the Pro14 season begins to take shape after three rounds of championship action.

Two of those sides, Glasgow Warriors and Munster meet on Friday while, Leinster and Ulster will try to maintain their unblemished records against the Cheetahs and Dragons, respectively.

Three sides claimed their first victories of the Pro14 season with Benetton Treviso coming from behind to win away to Edinburgh, while the Cheetahs won their first-ever Championship match coming out on the right side of the 13-try thriller against Zebre in Bloemfontein.

The Dragons also saw off Connacht for their first win under coach Bernard Jackman.

Scarlets suffered their first defeat as defending champions away to Ulster in Round Three, but they have the opportunity to return to winning ways when Richard Cockerill takes his Edinburgh team to Parc Y Scarlets. Both teams have won two games each and have caught the eye in attack, but Scarlets have not been beaten in Llanelli since Round One of last season.

Ulster will continue to push Leinster in Conference B aiming for four wins out of four when they welcome Dragons to Kingspan Stadium while the other game hosted in Ireland sees Cardiff Blues travel to the Sportsground aiming to pick up their first win of the season as they face Connacht.

In Treviso, Benetton will want to pick up back to back wins but they will face a serious test as Ospreys come to town eager to ensure they do not repeat last year's slip-up at the Stadio Monigo.

Leinster and Zebre Club will complete their tours of South Africa in Round Four. The Irish province earned a bonus-point victory over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday and take on the Cheetahs fresh from their win over Zebre.

Meanwhile, the Italian side will attempt to rebound at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when they take on the Southern Kings with both sides looking for their first win in the Pro14.

Pick of the Round Glasgow Warriors v Munster

These two former champions are leading the way have won three from three In Conference A and the result of this early-season fixture will have an influence come the final rounds of the campaign. Warriors have made an impressive start to the season beating Connacht and Ospreys, both former title winners, while they edged a close affair in Cardiff against the Blues last weekend.

Munster enter into this game after wins against Benetton, Cheetahs and Ospreys and a confident Warriors team will no doubt present their toughest challenge yet, however, the visitors arrive having won on their last two visits to Scotstoun.

Opta Top Performers - Round Three
* Tackles made: Twenty-three - Jack Dixon (Dragons)
* Carries: Twenty-seven - Bundee Aki (Connacht)
* Defenders beaten: Seven -  Rhun Williams (Cardiff Blues)
* Offloads: Four - Steff Evans (Scarlets) / Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)
* Breaks: Four - Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)
* Metres made: Hundred-and-thirty-five - 135 Louis Ludik (Munster)
* Turnovers won: Four - Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets)
* line-out steals: Two - George Biagi (Zebre)

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 Four matches!

Friday, September 22

CHEETAHS v LEINSTER
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 20.00; 19.00 UK time; 18.00 GMT)

Cheetahs grabbed a maiden Pro14 victory in a 93 point, 13 try thriller against Zebre in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Cheetahs victory last weekend ended a five-game losing run at Stadium, all in Super matches.

Leinster have made a perfect start to the 2017/18 campaign with three maximum point victories - this is already their best ever beginning to a Pro14 season since the league went home and away in 2003/04.

Ospreys are the only other team to start a Pro14 season with maximum points after three rounds, doing so last year.

Leinster have lost only one regular season encounter in the Championship since St Stephen's day last year: 13-17 in Ulster in round 22.

The two sides have never met before.

Teams:

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

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Noel Reid, 12 Isa Nacewa (captain), 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Mick Kearney, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Rory O'Loughlin.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

BENETTON v OSPREYS
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 20.35; 18.35 GMT)

Benetton won in Edinburgh on Friday and have now won 50 percent of their last eight Pro14, however, they have not won back-to-back encounters since beating Blues and Dragons in February 2016.

Ospreys have recorded just one victory in their last five Pro14 fixtures: 22-13 at home to Zebre in Round One this season.

Ospreys have not won away from home in the Championship since a visit to Edinburgh in early March.

Benetton won the most recent encounter between the two sides 13-5 at Stadio Monigo in Round 18 last season, whilst Ospreys overall record at the venue in the Championship is won five lost two, with the Italians gaining a losing bonus point in three of those fixtures.

Teams:

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

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Ben John, 12 James Hook, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Justin Tipuric (captain), 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Bradley Davies, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 James King, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville (Ireland), Claudio Blessano (Italy)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

GLASGOW WARRIORS v MUNSTER
(Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Something will have to give in this encounter as Glasgow Warriors and Munster are the only two sides left in Conference A with a 100 percent winning record after three rounds of the Pro14.

Warriors only defeat in their last five matches at Scotstoun was to Edinburgh in round 22 last season.

Munster's only defeat in their last seven Pro14 matches was to Scarlets in last season's final in Dublin.

The Munstermen have not lost away from home in any competition since they visited Leicester in the European Champions Cup in December.

The two sides met on four occasions last season in all competitions with Munster taking the spoils on each occasion, although in each of the last three Glasgow secured a losing bonus point.

Munster have won on their last two visits to Scotstoun.

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 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 Rob Harley, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Leonardo Sarto.

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

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Keith Allen, Lloyd Linton (both Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

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

Ulster is one of only four sides in the Pro14 who have begun the season with three straight victories.

The Ulstermen have not lost in the Championship since a visit to Ospreys in late April.

Ulster is unbeaten in their last nine Pro14 fixtures played in Belfast - a sequence that includes a 24-all draw with Cardiff Blues in Round 19 last season.

Dragons were the only Welsh region to emerge victorious during round 3 when they beat Connacht 21-8 in Newport to end a 14-match losing streak in all competitions.

Dragons have not won away from home since a visit to Gloucester in the quarterfinal of the European Challenge Cup in April 2016, whilst their most recent triumph on the road in the Pro14 was in Treviso in March 2015.

Ulster has won their last four fixtures against Dragons since the Welsh regions' 26-22 victory at Rodney Parade in March 2015.

Dragons have not beaten Ulster in Belfast since September 2008.

Teams:

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Dave Cave, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Peter Nelson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Clive Ross, 5 Alan O'Connor, 4 Robbie Diack, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Kyle McCall.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Matthew Rea, 21 D Shanahan, 22 Brett Herron, 23 Rob Lyttle.

Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Thretton Palamo, 12 Pat Howard, 11 George Gasson, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Owain Leonard, 1 Tom Davies, 2 Gerard Ellis, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Matthew Screech, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Max Williams, 7 Ollie Griffiths (captain), 8 Robson Blake.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Phil Price, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Joseph Davies, 20 Lennon Greggains, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Will Talbot-Davies.

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies, Adam Jones (both Wales)
TMO: John Mason (Wales)

Saturday, September 23

CONNACHT v CARDIFF BLUES
(Sportsground, Galway - Kick-off: 15.15; 14.15 GMT)

Connacht's only victory in the last six rounds of the Pro14 was 32-10 at home to Southern Kings on 9 September.

Cardiff Blues are one of only three sides in the Pro14 to have lost their first three matches.

Blues have not won outside of Wales in the Pro14 since a single point victory over Edinburgh at Myreside in February.

Connacht achieved a season's double over the Blues for the first time last year, and have now won three of their last four encounters against the Welsh region.

Cardiff Blues have not been victorious at the Sportsground since May 2014.

Teams:

Connacht: TBC

Cardiff Blues: TBC

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi (Italy), Nigel Correll (Ireland)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (Italy)

SOUTHERN KINGS v ZEBRE
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 19.30; 18.30 GMT)

Southern Kings have slipped to three straight defeats in the Guinness PRO12, scoring ten points on each occasion.

The Kings have not beaten a team in Port Elizabeth from outside of South Africa since Melbourne Rebels were the visitors in Super Rugby in April.

Zebre has lost their last six Pro14 matches since they beat Dragons in Parma in April.

Zebre's most recent away victory in the Championship was on a visit to Edinburgh last October.

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 Pieter-Steyn de Wet,  9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Stephen Greeff, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Oliver Zono, 23 Jacques Nel.

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

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland) Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

SCARLETS v EDINBURGH
(Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli - Kick-off: 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Scarlets nine-game winning run in the Pro14 ended with their defeat to Ulster in Belfast last Friday.

The reigning champions have not lost successive encounters in the Championship since the start of last season.

The Welsh regions have lost only once at Parc y Scarlets in any competition since Munster beat them there in the Pro14 in Round One last year: 17-32 to Saracens in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in January.

Edinburgh's four-game winning run in the Pro14 came to a halt at home to Benetton Rugby in Round Three.

The Scotsmen have won their last two away games, against Warriors and Blues, but have not won three successive games on the road in the Pro14 since September 2009.

The Scotsmen have won their last three matches against Welsh regions and have not recorded four in a row against Welsh opponents since season 2009/10.

The last four meetings between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Edinburgh's only victory in the last seven visits to Llanelli was 26-15 in March 2015.

Teams:

Scarlets: TBC

Edinburgh: TBC

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland, 64th competition game)
Assistant referees: Jonny Erskine (Ireland), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

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Cheetahs power past Irish giants

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:30

PRO14 REPORT: The Cheetahs put in a commanding performance to record a 38-19 bonus-point win over Leinster in Bloemfontein on Friday.

After the South African side beat Zebre last weekend, tries from William Small-Smith, Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Retshegofaditswe Nche and Luther Obi made it two on the spin and inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Boys in Blue – despite a hat-trick of scores for Barry Daly.

The Cheetahs showed their intent right from the off, and took their chance for some early points on the board with Leinster offside in front of their posts, and flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg did the honours to make it 3-0 with just two minutes gone.

But the visitors responded well, Mick Kearney wrestled out just short of the line after Joey Carbery broke and combined with Isa Nacewa.

Leinster had their try after five minutes, working the ball out well to the left after sucking in the Cheetahs defence with a drive, and Daly was left with a simple finish – although Ross Byrne's conversion attempt missed.

The Cheetahs were back in front after eight minutes, with Leinster guilty of crossing and Stapelberg's kick from just short of halfway sailing through the uprights.

Ill-discipline from the Boys in Blue became a theme for the remainder of the half, as, despite ten minutes of Leinster pressure, the Cheetahs increased their advantage when Jack Conan was pinged for not rolling away just outside the 25.

Stapelberg obliged with the penalty, and the flyhalf was metronomic from the tee as he made it 12-5 on 26 minutes, Byrne costing his side yet another three points with a deliberate knock-on.

And just when Leinster looked ready to strike, taking the ball into Cheetahs territory, the hosts recovered possession and scored with a stunning length of the field break in the 36th minute.

The Cheetahs' forward pack put Leinster's defence on the back foot with a scrum moving forwards, and after Francois Venter made the break, centre partner Small-Smith was there in support to finish under the posts.

If that end to the first half didn't knock the stuffing out of Leinster, the start to the second did as James Tracy was sin-binned for a reckless tackle.

The Cheetahs numerical advantage up front paid immediate dividends as they got momentum from a driving maul and Van Jaarsveld rumbled over the line for a try – although Stapelberg missed for a change with the conversion to make the scoreline 24-5.

Rosko Specman was then a whisker away from finding Venter with the tryline at his mercy for a certain score, but moment later Nche finished off try number three with a powerful leg drive through a couple of Leinster defenders,

But despite a commanding deficit of 31-5, Leinster did not give in and two more scores for Daly set up an interesting finish.

His second on the hour mark was almost a carbon copy of the first as the Cheetahs committed men up front and were caught short out wide, and 12 minutes later he timed an inside-swerve from the left to perfection to beat three defenders after Josh van der Flier's break.

Lots of players were cramping up in the final stages and Leinster did not have quite enough in the tank to complete the comeback, with the exhausted Cheetahs snatching a bonus point as Obi intercepted replacement flyhalf Cathal Marsh with the clock ticking into the red..

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Small-Smith, Van Jaarsveld, Nche, Obi
Cons: Stapelberg 3
Pens: Stapelberg 4

For Leinster:
Tries: Daly 3
Cons: Byrne 2

Yellow card: James Tracy (Leinster, 44 - foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

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

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Noel Reid, 12 Isa Nacewa (captain), 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Mick Kearney, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Rory O'Loughlin.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Source: @PRO14Official

William Small-Smith (36min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (43min), Retshegofaditswe Nche (55min), and Luther Obi (80min)
TRIES
Barry Daly (5min), Barry Daly (59min), and Barry Daly (72min)
Ernst Stapelberg (37min), Ernst Stapelberg (56min), and Ernst Stapelberg (81min)
CONVERSIONS
Ross Byrne (60min) and Ross Byrne (73min)
Ernst Stapelberg (1min), Ernst Stapelberg (9min), Ernst Stapelberg (19min), and Ernst Stapelberg (25min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
James Tracy (42min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE TBC