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Pro14 | Bloemfontein
18:35 (GMT) | 06-10-2017
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The siren sounds and Pyrgos boots it into touch. That's the end of the game. Glasgow Warriors walks away as the victors
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Glasgow gathers after the restart and looks to grind out the clock by playing a few phases and making the ball slow
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Russel fails to add the extras
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Russel spots space wide and he puts in a cross kick for Robert Harley to gather and score
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After the restart the Warriors manages to get their hands on the ball and apply pressure by attacking wide. They find some space on the right flank as they edge closer to the try line.
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The Cheetahs opts for goal and Stapelberg lines it up. No mistake made by Satpelberg berg as the ball goes sailing through the middle
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After the restart the Cheetahs wins a penalty and they opt for touch and puts up a maul.. The Cheetahs builds a few phases before they win a penalty in good kicking position.
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Russel adds the extras
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The Cheetahs make use of the boot and the Warriors launches an attack from out deep. Russel puts in a chip kick the bounce is favourable and good pass by Nikola Matawalu sees Henry Pyrgos score a try
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The Cheetahs fail to secure the restart but they win a scrum and apply pressure at the scrum to win a penalty. Stapelberg finds touch inside the away teams half
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Stapelberg makes no mistake with that one. Over.
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Powerful scrum by the Cheetahs as the ref plays advantage for a penalty. No advantage, penalty awarded right in front of goal
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The Warriors making a mess of the scrum ball as it goes to the backline. Scrum for the Cheetahs 10m out
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The Cheetahs look to maul but the Warriors forwards win the ball back with a counter shove. Scrum Warriors ball inside their own half
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Another penalty won at the line-out and again they opt for touch. Touch found close to the away team's 22
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After the restart the Cheetahs loses the ball but they win a penalty seconds later as the Warriors look to attack. The home team opts for touch
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Stapelberg lines it up and strikes it perfectly as he watches it go over
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After the restart the Warriors look to attack the midfield. The Cheetahs wins a penalty and opts for goal
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Russel adds the extras
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The Cheetahs opt for the line-out and they find some space after putting it up in the middle. The Warriors defense manges to win the ball back but the ball is again won back by the Cheetahs who looks to attack wide with numbers on the left. Jackson intercepts on the flank but is run down by Mapimpi. The Warriors manages to get quick ball and Gibbins is there to finish off the try
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Possession changes hands and the Warriors puts up a few phases. The Cheetah defense holds strong and wins a penalty
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The Cheetahs opts for the for the over-throw at the line-out. They win a penalty for a dangerous tackle and opt for touch
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Warriors scrum in striking range as they look to attack the left flank. The visitors manages to hold onto the ball as the edge closer to the try line. They go wide but the ball is passed into touch
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Scrum reset.The scrum seems a bit of a mess but the Cheetahs manages to hang onto the ball. Venter picks it up but loses the ball forward in contact
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The Warriors attacking wide as they find some space. The ball is grubber kicked behind the Cheetahs defensive line. Sam Johnson fails to pick up the ball with a open try-line glooming. Knock-on, Cheetahs scrum
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Russell gets the 2nd half on the way with a relatively deep kick-off. The ball is fielded by the Cheetahs who runs it up first before clearing it. Both teams make use of the boot as the Cheetahs kicks into touch from a return kick.

Half Time

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Stapelberg adds the extras as the siren sounds for the end of 1st half. The game has been contested equally but the Cheetahs will go into the break with their tales up
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Second rower Justin Basson puts a kicked through which is chased down by Rosco Specman as he sprints over for a try
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The Warriors hanging onto the ball and playing it wide abut the ball is turned over by the Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs applying pressure at the breakdown and they win a penalty. They opt for touch and Meyer makes use of the boot but the Warriors fields and looks to counter
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After the restart the Warriors wins a penalty and opts for touch
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Russel adds the extras
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The Warriors creating space wide as they build a few phases. The put it up in the midfield and Callum Gibbins scores a sneaky try as he picks it up at base of the ruck and drives
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The Cheetahs looking to attack the midfield as Petersen joins the line but the ball is ripped from his hands. The Warriors attacking and they win a penalty which is tapped quickly
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After the restart the Cheetahs clear. The Warriors look to run it back. The ball goes wide but goes into touch. Cheetahs line-out on the 50 mark
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Stapelberg strikes it perfectly. Over she goes
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Cheetahs penalty and they opt for touch. The Cheetahs with ball in hand and building a few phases. Petersen finds some space as he steps and Van Jaarsveld is in support.. Penalty won in front of goal and the Cheetahs opts for goal
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The Cheetahs loses the ball forward and the Warriors look to launch a counter attack. The Warriors wins a penalty and opt for touch
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Scrum reset as Meyer looks to feed. Venter picks up at the back of the scrum and gains valuable metres for his team. The Cheetah clears and the kick is returned into touch c
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This time the man is founbd in the line-out as the Warriors look to maul. The Cheetahs defense holds strong with their counter drive and they manage to win a turnover. 5m scrum for the Cheetahs
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The Warriors wins a scrum penalty deep inside the Cheetahs half and they opt for touch. Russel finds touch on the 5
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The Cheetahs with ball in hand after another line-out loss by the away team. Meyer looks to clear with a box kick but it is charged down and then lost forward by a Warriors player.
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The Cheethas wins a penalty on the ground after the line-out as Van Jaarsveld does some good work on the ground and they opt for touch
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The ball is won back by the Cheetahs but the Warriors wins another penalty on the ground and this time Russel finds touch on the home team's 5
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After the restart the away team wins a penalty and opts for touch.
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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The Cheetahs wins a penalty at the scrum which is tapped quickly by Meyer, they spread the ball wide where there is space and a well timed pass by Specman sees Petersen go over for the 1st try of the night
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The Warriors seem to have run in trouble with their line-outs as another ball is lost, this time to a skew threw. Cheetahs scrum on the half way line
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The ball is won back by the away team and they win a penalty on their own 5. Russel kicks it into touch close to their own 10. The line-out ball is spilled and the Cheetahs pounces on it. Penalty won by the Warriors and they opt for touch
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The Cheetahs look to maul but Warriors manages to counter the drive and the Cheetahs put it up in the midfield
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A powerful scrum by the Cheetahs forwards wins a penalty for them as opt for touch and Stapelberg finds touch just over the 22
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From the restart the Warriors look to attack the left flank but the ball is lost forward. Cheetahs scrum inside the away team's half
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Russel strikes it perfectly from out far as the ball goes sailing over
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The Cheetahs gets the game on the way with a deep kick-off. The Warriors secures the ball and looks to attack wide . Russel kicks the ball forward and the Cheetahs looks to run it back. Penalty for the away team and they opt for goal
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The players are doing their final preparations before running onto the field. Referee George Clancy (Ireland) will be in charge of the whistle in this fixture
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Both line-ups seem evenly matched with a few international names in both teams. The Cheetahs will look at Francois Venter and Ernst Stapelberg (who has shown great talent since his arrival) and Teboho Mohoje for strong performances while the Warriors will expect good performances by Tommy Seymour, Finn Russell and Jonny Gray if they want to see this one through
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Cheetahs end their four game home stand having won the first three with maximum points, against Zebre, Leinster and Ospreys. The South Africans have not won four matches in a row since they did so in Super in 2013. Glasgow Warriors are the only side left in this season's Pro14 with a 100 per cent winning record. They have dropped only two points this campaign, missing out on a try bonus in Connacht in round 1 and at Cardiff in round 3. The two sides have never met before, so this promises to be a good match up between the 2 form sides of the competition.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Reniel 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 Rosko Specman
  • 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
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  • 15 Ruaridh Jackson
  • 14 Tommy Seymour
  • 13 Nick Grigg
  • 12 Sam Johnson
  • 11 Leonardo Sarto
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 9 Ali Price
  • 7 Callum Gibbins
  • 6 Ryan Wilson
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 4 Tim Swinson
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 2 Fraser Brown
  • 1 Jamie Bhatti
RESERVES
  • 23 Nikola Matawalu
  • 22 Peter Horne
  • 21 Henry Pyrgos
  • 20 Robert Harley
  • 19 Brian Alainu'uese
  • 18 D'arcy Rae
  • 17 Alex Allan
  • 16 George Turner
  • 8 Adam Ashe
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Preview: Pro14, Round Six

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:55

DERBY WEEKEND: A cracking round of rugby await, with derby games taking place in Ireland and Wales - while Italy, Scotland and South Africa all host intriguing matches.

The unpredictable nature of the Championship is clear to see with Zebre's win over Ulster highlighting the improved efforts from the Italian clubs while the Cheetahs continue to look like an imposing force on their home turf in Bloemfontein after their win over Ospreys.

Bonus points are up across the board with 32 scored after five rounds compared to 20 at this point last season, while the average number of tries has risen from 4.9 per game to 5.5 ensuring that fans all across the Pro14 are getting plenty of entertainment.

One of the most exciting fixtures in Round 6 appears to be Glasgow Warriors trip to Bloemfontein where they will put their unbeaten record to the test against the South Africans, who have claimed three successive bonus-point wins. The Cheetahs have not won four in a row since 2013 while the Warriors are the only unbeaten team in the tournament, so this promises to be an enthralling affair.

Ospreys are in need of a win to get their season back on track and in Scarlets they face their closest rivals and the defending champions. Scarlets are off to a hot start and this derby duel should bring out the best of both teams who have won three games each in their last six fixtures against each other. The other Welsh derby takes place in the capital where Cardiff Blues face a Dragons team which is showing signs of rejuvenation under Bernard Jackman, but their last win over a fellow Welsh region came against Blues in 2014.

Zebre will visit Myreside to take on Edinburgh hoping to repeat the heroics of Benetton who won there just two weeks ago, however, history is against the visitors who are yet to win three Championship games in a row.

Benetton will also host the Southern Kings and Italy will become the sixth country they have played in during 2017 - Singapore, Australia, Argentina, Wales and Ireland are the others.

At Kingspan Stadium, Connacht go in search of a win to arrest their form but they will come up against an Ulster team eager to bounce back from last weekend's loss and armed with a record of nine wins from their last 10 fixtures against the westerners.

Pick of the Round Leinster v Munster

Aviva Stadium, the location of the 2018 Pro14 Final, will host Leinster v Munster as both teams enter the game sitting second in their respective conferences on 19 points having both won four of their five fixtures. The hosts have won their last four in a row at Aviva while Munster have only a single victory (34-23 v Leinster, 2014) to show from their last 10 visits to the Dublin venue, but those figures will only add to the motivation for the men in red.

Opta Top Performers - Round Five
* Tackles made: 22 Josh Macleod (Scarlets) / Bobby de Wee (Southern Kings)
* Carries: 24 Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)
* Defenders beaten: 10 Steff Evans (Scarlets)
* Offloads: 4 Tom Farrell (Connacht)
* Breaks: 4 Tom James (Cardiff Blues)
* Metres made: 152 Tiernan O'Halloran (Connacht)
* Turnovers won: 3 Carlo Canna (Zebre)
* Lineout steals: 2 Bobby de Wee (Southern Kings)

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 Six matches:

Friday, October 6

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

Cardiff Blues only victory in the Pro14 this season was 17-15 over Connacht in Galway in round Four.

The Blues have won their last two fixtures against fellow Welsh regions.

Dragons have won two of their last three matches in the Championship, but both of those were at home, to Connacht and Southern Kings.

Dragons have lost their last 25 away games in the Championship since they won at Treviso in March 2015.

The Men from Gwent have not beaten a fellow Welsh region since they visited the Arms Park and overcame Cardiff on Boxing Day 2014.

Blues have won their last five encounters with Dragons in the Championship, although Dragons did win 25-21 in the quarter-final of the European Challenge Cup at Rodney Parade in April 2015.

The teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Tom James, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams (captain), 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Brad Thyer.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Keiron Assiratti, 19 James Down, 20 Josh Turnbull, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Steven Shingler, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Dragons: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Gavin Henson, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 James Benjamin, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 James Thomas, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Leon Brown, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Luke Garrett, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Joe Davies, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Owain Leonard, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Will Talbot-Davies.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Adam Jones (Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)

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

Edinburgh have lost their last three matches in the Pro14 since beating the Dragons in round 2.

The Scotsmen have already lost at home to an Italian side this season having slipped up to Benetton at Myreside on 15 September - they have actually been defeated in three of their last four encounters with Italian teams.

Zebre have won their last two Pro14 matches, at Southern Kings and at home to Ulster, they have never won three in a row in the Championship.

The Italians have won just one of their last seven fixtures with Scottish opponents: 19-14 on their most recent visit to Edinburgh (at Murrayfield) in October 2016.

The last seven meetings between the two sides have been edged by Zebre by four wins to three.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Magnus Bradbury (captain), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Darryl Marfo.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Anton Bresler, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Robbie Fruean.

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

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi, Manuel Bottino (Italy)

CHEETAHS v GLASGOW WARRIORS
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 20.35; 19.35 UK time; 18.35 GMT)

Cheetahs end their four game home stand having won the first three with maximum points, against Zebre, Leinster and Ospreys.

The South Africans have not won four matches in a row since they did so in Super in 2013.

Glasgow Warriors are the only side left in this season's Pro14 with a 100 per cent winning record. They have dropped only two points this campaign, missing out on a try bonus in Connacht in round 1 and at Cardiff in round 3.

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.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 Geroge Turner, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D'Arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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

Ulster's perfect start to the new Pro14 season was spoiled with their 23-27 reversal to Zebre in Parma on Saturday.

The Ulsterman have not lost at Kingspan Stadium in any tournament since Bordeaux were the visitors in the European Champions Cup on 21 January.

Ulster have been defeated only twice by an Irish province in Belfast since May 2014, and both of those were to Munster.

Connacht have slipped to three straight Pro14 defeats, whilst their only victory in the Championship since April was 32-10 at home to Southern Kings on 9 September.

Connacht have lost their last five encounters with Irish provinces since beating Ulster 30-25 in Galway in October 2016.

Ulster have lost just one of their last ten fixtures with Connacht, at the Sportsground in round 6 last season, whilst Connacht have not triumphed in Belfast since November 1960.

The teams:

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

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Cian Kelleher, 13 Bundee Aki, 12 Tom Farell, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Eoin McKeon, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Conor Carey, 19 James Cannon, 20 Eoghan Masterson, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Steve Crosbie, 23 Eoin Griffin.

Referee: Andy Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon

Saturday, October 7

LEINSTER v MUNSTER
(Aviva Stadium, Dublin - Kick-off: 14.00; 13.00 GMT)

Leinster's only defeat in the Pro14 this season was 19-38 away to Cheetahs in round 4.

The Leinstermen have won on their last four visits to Aviva Stadium in all tournaments, since Toulon beat them there in the European Champions Cup in December 2015.

Munster's only defeat so far in the Pro14 also came in round 4, away at Glasgow.

The Munstermen' s only victory in their last ten visits to Aviva Stadium in all tournaments was 34-23 over Leinster in the Championship in October 2014.

Each side won its respective home game when they met last season, whilst Munster's solitary victory on Leinster soil since September 2008 came at Aviva Stadium in round 5, 2014/15.

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 James Tracy, 1 Jack McGrath.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Fergus McFadden.

Munster: 15 JJ Hanrahan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Tyler Bleyendaal, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Chridstian Stander, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Robin Copeland, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Liam O’Connor, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Mark Flanagan, 20 Jack O’Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Alex Wootton.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Craig Evans, Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

BENETTON v SOUTHERN KINGS
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 20.00; 20.00 SA time; 18.00 GMT)

Benetton ‘s two victories so far in the Pro14 have been at Edinburgh in round 3 and at home to Ospreys in round 4.

Benetton have lost two of their last five home games, but both of those were to Irish provinces, Munster and Ulster.

Southern Kings are still without a league point after five rounds of the Pro14.

Southern Kings most recent victory was a 31-30 win over The Bulls in Pretoria in Super in July.

This will be the South African team's first visit to Italy having already visited Singapore, Australia, Argentina, Wales and Ireland in 2017.

The two sides have never met before.

Teams:

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

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Pieter–Steyn de Wet, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Martin Dreyer, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Entienne Swanepoel, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Oliver Zono, 23 Berton Klaasen.

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Rhys Thomas, Jonathan Hardy (Wales)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

OSPREYS v SCARLETS
(Liberty Stadium - 19.35; 18.35 GMT)

Ospreys have slipped to four straight Pro14 defeats since overcoming Zebre 22-13 at Liberty Stadium on the opening weekend.

Ospreys record in their last six encounters at Liberty Stadium in the Championship is won three, lost three, however their only defeat there to a fellow Welsh region in the Championship since October 2010 was to Scarlets in March 2016.

Scarlets only defeat in their last dozen Pro14 fixtures was 20-27 to Ulster in Belfast on 15 September.

Scarlets only defeat to a fellow Welsh region in the Championship since April 2016 was on their most recent visit to Liberty Stadium in December 2016.

The last six meetings between the two sides have been evenly split with three wins apiece. Scarlets have won just twice before at Liberty Stadium, in September 2007 and March 2016.

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Cory Allen, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 James Hook, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 James King, 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Paul James, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Owen Watkin.

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

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Joy Neville (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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Warriors end Cheetahs' run

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:00

PRO14 MATCH REPORT: The table-topping Glasgow Warriors ended the Cheetahs' winning streak with an impressive come-from-behind 29-26 win in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The victory takes the Warriors start to six successive wins for the season and ended the Cheetahs' three-match winning streak.

The Cheetahs dominated the set pieces, especially the scrums, where they won a number of penalties, but the contest at the breakdown was a lottery.

In the opening quarter, they threatened to run their Scottish visitors off their feet, but the Pool A leaders hung tough and scored four great tries for the bonus-point win.

It was Rob Harley's wonderful late try that ensured Glasgow' winning start continued.

Harley crashed over from Finn Russell's expert kick, the last act in a game that continued to to-and-fro from almost first minute to last in a game featuring two teams on top form.

Callum Gibbins scored his first two tries for the Warriors, while Henry Pyrgos also got his name on the scoreboard in a bonus-point win.

But it wasn't to all go the Scottish side's way as Sergeal Petersen and Rosko Specman as well as an impeccable kicking effort from kept the hosts fighting for the entire contest.

Glasgow wasted little time getting themselves on the board, winning a penalty with barely a minute on the clock from which Finn Russell expertly put his side three points ahead.

But the Cheetahs came back with a bite, pinging the ball out to the touchline from a quick penalty where fullback Petersen was on hand to crash over for the first try.

And it was the hosts who next troubled the scoreboard with a penalty, but an intense spell of Warriors pressure had them back to parity as flank Gibbins charged over for his side's first score, Russell converting to level it up at 10-all.

It looked for all money that that would be the half-time score, only for a superb length-of-the-field score leading to Specman crashing over and putting the Cheetahs seven points ahead come the interval.

But the second half saw Gibbins become the man to once again do the damage - but he had plenty to thank Ruaridh Jackson for.

The fullback intercepted on his own try line to sprint away down-field, finding Gibbins in exactly the right place at the right time for the pass and score to make the game level once more.

That was how it stayed until the 57th-minute mark but the Cheetahs poked their noses in front again, Ernst Stapelberg twice kicking penalties.

But, with just 10 minutes to go, Glasgow showed exactly why they have been impeccable this season with some lovely play through the hands, the ball eventually finding Pyrgos to dot down and put his side ahead by just one point coming towards the denouement.

But the hosts were prepared for yet another twist in the tale, with Stapelberg getting his fourth penalty to tip the scales for the last time - or so we thought.

With just two minutes to go, up stepped Russell with a beautiful chip to the corner to allow Harley to crash over for the bonus point score and yet another victory on the road for the Scots.

The scorers

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
 Petersen, Specman
Cons: Stapelberg 2
Pens: Stapelberg 4

For Glasgow Warriors:
Tries:
 Gibbins 2, Pyrgos, Harley
Cons: Russell 3
Pen: Russell

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.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D'Arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Sergeal Petersen (11min) and Rosko Specman (39min)
TRIES
Callum Gibbins (33min), Callum Gibbins (52min), Henry Pyrgos (70min), and Robert Harley (77min)
Ernst Stapelberg (12min) and Ernst Stapelberg (40min)
CONVERSIONS
Finn Russell (34min), Finn Russell (54min), and Finn Russell (71min)
Ernst Stapelberg (28min), Ernst Stapelberg (57min), Ernst Stapelberg (65min), and Ernst Stapelberg (75min)
PENALTIES
Finn Russell (2min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE George Clancy (Ireland)