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Pro14 | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
17:15 (GMT) | 01-12-2017
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Join Rugby 365 on Saturday for more Pro 14 action as the Cheetahs take on the Scarlets in Bloemfontein and there is also Test-match rugby to look forward to as Wales host South Africa in Cardiff also on Saturday.
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Barend Janse van Rensburg sends the conversion from the Edinburgh 22 sailing wide of the poles and that will be the game. Edinburgh walk away with a 48-21 victory over the Kings in this Pro 14 round 10 matchup.
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Andries Van Schalkwyk crashes over for the try after the Kings win possession at the lineout on the Edinburgh five metre line. The Kings end the game on a high.
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Cornell du Preez is shown yellow and sent to the sin bin after taking out Penxe in the air. The Kings are awarded the penalty and they set the attacking lineout with the touch finder inside the Edinburgh 22.
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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converts his third try of the game and in less than 30 minutes of being on the field the replacement scrumhalf has contributed with 21 points for Edinburgh.
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Hat trick of tries for Sam Hidalgo-Clyne as Edinburgh win the ball at the lineout on the Kings five metre line and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is there again to spot space behind the Kings defensive line as he dives over for another try which came from a show and go.
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The Kings concede the penalty for hands in the ruck inside their 22 and Edinburgh set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Kings five metre line.
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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converts his second try with the conversion from the Kings 22.
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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne scores his second try of the match in a matter of minutes as he shows and goes and catches the Kings defence off guard with plenty of pace as he spots a gap and races through for the try from close range.
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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converts his own try from inside the Kings 22 and Edinburgh now lead 34-16.
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The try is award. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is awarded the try for Edinburgh after some good work to place the ball against the poles.
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Blair Kinghorn goes on a powerful run down the wing for Edinburgh before Edinburgh carry well and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne stretches out and looks to place the ball against the poles. The Kings do well to close down the space and it is hard to tell whether the ball was ground properly or knocked forward. The TMO has been asked to make a decision try or no try.
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The Kings concede the penalty for folding in at the scrum and Edinburgh are looking to scrum their way over the line and make use of the advantage in numbers as they opt to go for another five meter scrum.
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Edinburgh throw the ball over the top of the lineout inside the Kings five metre line. The lineout goes astray for Edinburgh but the Kings knock the ball forward and Edinburgh will have the five metre attacking scrum.
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The Kings receive their second yellow card of the game as Yaw Penxe is sent to the sin bin for going off his feet at the breakdown. Edinburgh are awarded the penalty inside the Kings 22.
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Lubabalo Mtyanda and the Kings forwards do some good work in the lineout as they disrupt the Edinburgh maul and the Kings manage to hold the ball off the ground. The Kings are awarded the scrum inside their own half.
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High fives all around for Edinburgh at the breakdown as they are awarded the penalty for the Kings not releasing the ball and Edinburgh set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder on the Kings ten metre line.
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Barend Janse van Rensburg tests Blair Kinghorn with a kick up field. Blair Kinghorn responds by sending the ball into touch on the full and the Kings will have the attacking lineout on the Edinburgh ten metre line.
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Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from a tough angle just outside the Kings 22.
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Edinburgh get momentum from the scrum and Dougie Fife receives the ball on the short side and takes a tackler with him as he crashes over for the five pointer.
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Edinburgh look to find space behind the Kings defensive line with a chip kick into space inside the Kings five metre line. The Kings knock the ball forward and Edinburgh will have the attacking scrum.
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Yaw Penxe knocks the ball forward after an accurate box kick from Nathan Fowles. Edinburgh gather possession and look to take the ball wide and into contact as play gets loose inside the Kings half of the field.
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The Kings win the ball in the air inside their own half and Kurt Coleman sends Edinburgh tracking back into their own half with an accurate touch finder which bounces before it finds the Edinburgh 22. Edinburgh have the defensive lineout.
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Harlon Klaasen makes a good read on defence as he closes down the space on the wing and holds strong in the tackle inside the Edinburgh half of the field.
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The Kings win possession at the scrum just outside their own 22 and Kurt Coleman makes the exit kick for the Kings with a kick up field.
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Blair Kinghorn finds Phil Burleigh running down the wing with a well timed offload. The Kings manage to track back and bring Burleigh to ground before Edinburgh knock the ball forward and the Kings have the defensive scrum just outside their own 22.
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The Kings go the short side before Kurt Coleman puts in the cross field kick just outside the Edinburgh 22 but Edinburgh do well to win the ball in the air and reclaim possession inside their own half.
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Edinburgh concede the penalty for an infringement at scrum time and the Kings set the attacking lineout with a touch finder just past the Edinburgh ten metre line.
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Kurt Coleman, Anthony Volmink and Ruaan Lerm exchange passes down the wing but the ball is kncked forward from Lerm and Edinburgh have the scrum inside the Kings half of the field.
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Plenty of commitment at the breakdown from the Kings sees them win the penalty for Edinburgh not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Kurt Coleman sets the lineout for the Kings with a touch finder on the Kings ten metre line.
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Edinburgh win possession at the lineout inside the Kings 22 and Edinburgh are going through the phases with some pick and goes and carries as they head towards the Kings line.
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The Kings win the ball from the scrum just outside their 22, Kurt Coleman makes the exit kick with a kick up field but Jacques Nel is blown up for being offside ahead of the kicker and Edinburgh set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Kings 22.
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Nathan Fowles finds Neil Cochrane with god distribution skills from the base of the ruck. Edinburgh look to draw in the Kings defence and play the inside channels but Edinburgh knock the ball forward and the Kings will have the defensive scrum just outside their 22.
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The scrum goes to ground and the referee asks for a reset. Edinburgh will have anther attacking scrum just inside the Kings half.
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Kurt Coleman gets the second half underway for the Kings with a deep kick into the Edinburgh 22. Edinburgh manage to gather possession from the restart and Edinburgh make the clearance kick with a kick up field. Yaw Penxe knocks the ball forward as the Kings play the wide channels and look t counter attack. Edinburgh have the attacking scrum just inside the Kings half.

Half Time

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The referee blows his whistle after the ball is booted into touch and that will be halftime. Edinburgh lead 22-16 at the break.
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Kurt Coleman sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles inside the Edinburgh 22 and the Kings are getting back into the game. The score is now 22-16 to Edinburgh.
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Kurt Coleman lines up a kick at poles from right underneath the poles from the penalty.
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The Kings are looking for the pushover try as they win the lineout inside the Edinburgh five metre line, the maul is brought to a halt and Edinburgh concede the penalty for offside.
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High fives all around for the Kings at the breakdown as Edinburgh concede the penalty for not releasing the ball and Rudi van Rooyen sets the attacking lineout for the Kings with a touch finder just short of the Edinburgh five metre line.
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Simon Berghan receives the ball and takes the ball into contact with plenty of physicality in centre field.
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Neil Cochrane finds his jumper with an accurate throw at the lineout. Edinburgh set for the rolling maul and gain momentum but the Kings are blown up for a high tackle and Jaco van der Walt sets the attacking lineout for Edinburgh with a touch finder on the Kings ten metre line.
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Edinburgh concede the penalty for an offside infringement just outside the Kings 22 and Kurt Coleman sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for the Kings with a touch finder just short of the Edinburgh ten metre line.
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Kurt Coleman has his kicking boots on tonight as he puts boot to ball and sends the ball sailing through the poles with the penalty kick at poles from just outside the Edinburgh 22.
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Edinburgh are blown up for entering the ruck at the side and Kurt Coleman will line up the penalty kick at poles from just outside the Edinburgh 22.
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The Kings win possession from the lineout on the Edinburgh 22 but Edinburgh do well to rush up on defence and force the Kings to track back.
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Edinburgh concede the penalty for hands in the ruck on the Kings ten metre line and Kurt Coleman sets the attacking lineout for the Kings with a touch finder on the Edinburgh 22.
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Cornell du Preez only has to find his support player with the pass after Edinburgh have numbers on the wing but the pass is not well timed. Michael Makase gets boot to ball and kicks the loose ball up field.
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Kurt Coleman adds the extra two points for the Kings with the conversion from inside the Edinburgh 22.
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There it is for the Kings! Edinburgh win the lineout on the Kings ten metre line and from the lineout they look to go wide. Jaco van der Walt loses the ball behind him and Harlon Klaasen makes a fantastic read on attack as he gets a boot to the ball chases up field and goes over for the try.
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Jaco van der Walt has both the distance and the direction as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with the conversion from the Kings 22. Edinburgh lead 22-3.
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Try time! Grant Gilchrist receives a well timed pass running in with pace and crashes over for Edinburgh's third try of the game.
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Andisa Ntsila concedes the penalty for the Kings for collapsing the maul and Edinburgh are going for the five pointer as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Kings five metre line.
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Bobby de Wee gets blown up for a high tackle and Edinburgh are going for broke as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Kings 22.
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Edinburgh take the ball into contact before Phil Burleigh puts in a kick over the top of the Kings defence but Yaw Penxe makes a good mark inside the Kings 22 and Kurt Coleman makes the exit kick with a touch finder outside the Kings 22. Edinburgh take the lineout quickly!
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It looks good and it's over! Kurt Coleman sends the ball sailing over the poles with a kick at poles from inside the Edinburgh 22 and the score is now 15-3 to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh are blown up for an infringement inside their own 22 and Kurt Coleman will look to get the Kings on the board with a kick at poles.
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Jaco van der Walt strikes the ball well and it's over! Edinburgh now lead 15-0 after that successful penalty kick at poles.
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Schalk Ferreira concedes the penalty for the Kings for a high tackle on Neil Cochrane. Schalk Ferreira is shown yellow for making contact with the jaw and he will be out of the game for the next ten minutes. Jaco van der Walt lines up a kick at poles from inside the Kings 22.
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Penxe hands possession straight back to Edinburgh with a kick up field and here come Edinburgh as they look to counter attack!!
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Jaco van der Walt sends the conversion sailing wide from a tough angle outside the 22. Edinburgh now lead 12-0.
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Viliami Mata puts down the accelerator and bursts up field for Edinburgh's second try of the match after some good interplay from the backs.
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Jaco van der Walt has his kicking boots on as he adds the extra two points with the conversion from the Kings 22 and Edinburgh now lead 7-0.
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Fraser McKenzie picks and goes and crashes over for the five pointer. Edinburgh lead 5-0.
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Dougie Fife goes on a lateral run inside the Kings 22 and draws in the Kings defence before he makes the offload but the Kings manage to track back and bring them to ground.
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Edinburgh jump up and win the lineout before they go through the phases and take the ball wide.
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Referee Stuart Berry blows his whistle and Jaco van der Walt gets the game underway for Edinburgh with a deep kick into the 22 of the Kings. Andisa Ntsila claims possession for the Kings and Kurt Coleman puts boot to ball and finds touch just outside the Kings 22. Edinburgh have the attacking lineout.
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Cloudy skies welcome the teams onto the field.
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Stuart Berry is our referee. Cwengile Jadezweni and Rodney Boneparte will assist him. Our TMO is Johan Greeff,
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Edinburgh find themselves in fourth place in Pro 14 conference B with 23 points from nine matches played which includes five wins and four defeats.
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The Southern Kings currently find themselves sitting at the bottom of Pro 14 conference B in seventh position with nine defeats from nine matches played.
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For Edinburgh, In the backs, Phil Burleigh returns to partner James Johnstone in the centre after making his international debut off the bench in last Saturday's record 53-24 win over Australia at Murrayfield. In the pack, Simon Berghan links up with hooker Neil Cochrane and fellow international prop Rory Sutherland who makes his first start of the season at loosehead. In the second row, Grant Gilchrist also returns from Scotland duty having come on as a replacement against the All Blacks and starting in the eight-try rout of Australia. He partners club captain Fraser Mckenzie. Fijian international Viliame Mata keeps his place in the back row and is joined by the experienced duo of Jamie Ritchie and Cornell du Preez, both of whom joined the squad in South Africa following their contribution to Scotland's year-end Test campaign.
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Loosehead prop Schalk Ferreira will captain the Southern Kings and he is joined in the front row by hooker Stephan Coetzee and tighthead prop Rossouw de Klerk. Stephan Greeff and Bobby de Wee combine to form the lock combination and number eight Ruaan Lerm forms the looseforwards trio alongside flank Martinus Burger and Andisa Ntsila.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365's live commentary of this round 10 Pro 14 clash between the Southern Kings and Edinburgh from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Yaw Penxe
  • 14 Michael Makase
  • 13 Harlon Klaasen
  • 12 Berton Klaasen
  • 11 Anthony Volmink
  • 9 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 8 Ruaan Lerm
  • 7 Martinus Burger
  • 6 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 5 Bobby de Wee
  • 4 Stephan Greeff
  • 3 Rossouw de Klerk
  • 2 Stephan Coetzee
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
RESERVES
  • 23 Jacques Nel
  • 22 Barend Janse van Rensburg
  • 21 Godlen Masimla
  • 20 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • 18 Pieter Scholtz
  • 17 Luvuyo Pupuma
  • 16 Alandre Van Rooyen
  • 10 Kurt Coleman
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  • 15 Blair Kinghorn
  • 14 Dougie Fife
  • 13 James Johnstone
  • 12 Phil Burleigh
  • 11 Duhan Van der Merwe
  • 10 Jaco van der Walt
  • 9 Nathan Fowles
  • 8 Cornell du Preez
  • 7 Jamie Ritchie
  • 6 Viliami Mata
  • 5 Grant Gilchrist
  • 4 Fraser McKenzie
  • 3 Simon Berghan
  • 2 Neil Cochrane
  • 1 Rory Sutherland
RESERVES
  • 23 Glenn Bryce
  • 22 Chris Dean
  • 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
  • 20 Luke Crosbie
  • 19 Ben Toolis
  • 18 Murray McCallum
  • 17 Michele Rizzo
  • 16 Cameron Fenton
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PREVIEW: Pro14, Round 10

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:01

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: There will be an added intensity in the fight for match points in Round 10 of the Pro14 this weekend as six of the seven fixtures are in-Conference clashes. 

Almost every team in the Championship is still vying for either knock-out berths or a shot at the Champions Cup Play-Off game and this weekend presents a great opportunity for rivals to take points off each other.

Round Nine provided plenty of drama and action with 48 tries and three games going right to the wire in Belfast, Port Elizabeth and Cardiff. There was also some unique appearances with 17-year-old Dan Babos becoming the first player born in the millennium (March, 2000) when he came on for Dragons during their loss to Leinster. 

In addition, Ruaridh Jackson put in an incredible double shift by first appearing as a late replacement in Scotland's victory over Australia on Saturday before then making his way to Swansea to feature for Glasgow Warriors as they grabbed a bonus-point win over Ospreys.

What's at Stake:

On Friday the Southern Kings host Edinburgh in Port Elizabeth and the visitors will be on their guard given that Deon David's side have picked up four bonus points in their last two outings. Edinburgh came up short to the Cheetahs and will be out to ensure their South African tour returns some valuable points as they aim to stay in the hunt for a Champions Cup Play-Off berth.

Glasgow Warriors face Cardiff Blues in Scotstoun knowing that a win sets them up for a cracking pre-Christmas derby with Edinburgh. Glasgow have won nine games to start the season and two more victories would see them equal Ulster's record of 11 – the best-ever start to a Championship season in 2012/13.

On Saturday, Zebre host Connacht in Parma and with access to their returning Italian internationals they will be hopeful of securing a win that will put them back in contention for a Champions Cup Play-Off spot. Leinster will also travel to Italy to take on Benetton, who will share the same ambitions as Zebre and this could prove to be a very challenging weekend for the travelling Irish provinces.

Munster meet Ospreys at Irish Independent Park and the home team need to collect maximum points in order to keep up with Glasgow Warriors who are now 12 points clear at the top of Conference A. Ospreys come into this one off the back of a record defeat at home to Warriors and a shock result in Cork could re-invigorate their season.

Finally, in the only inter-Conference fixture of the round the Scarlets finish their tour to South Africa where they face the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein looking to add to their bonus-point win over the Southern Kings. Both teams know how valuable these points are with Cheetahs looking to solidify their hold on 3rd place in Conference A while Edinburgh have a firm grip on the Champions Cup Play-Off berth in Conference B.

Pick of the Round - Dragons v Ulster: 

Dragons welcome Ulster to Rodney Parade buoyed by the news that Welsh international Ross Moriarty will join the region next season. Ulster have been pushed close lately by the Kings and Benetton and this fixture could be another tight affair where the visitors need the points to ensure Leinster do not usurp them for 2nd place in Conference A. 

Top Performers – Round 9:

* Tackles made: 25 Aaron Hall (Ulster)

* Carries: 19 Olly Cracknell (Ospreys) / Matthew Screech (Dragons)

* Defenders beaten: 9 Jordan Larmour (Leinster)

* Offloads: 3 Multiple Players

* Breaks: 3 Multiple Players

* Metres made: 170 Leonardo Sarto (Glasgow Warriors)

* Turnovers won: 3 Dougie Fife (Edinburgh)

* Line-out steals: 2 Lewis Rawlins (Scarlets)

We look at all the Round 10 mtaches!

Friday, December 1:

Dragons v Ulster
(Rodney Parade, Newport - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Dragons have lost their last four matches in the Pro14 (all away from home) since beating Southern Kings at Rodney Parade on September 30. 

Dragons have won their last three matches in Newport in all tournaments since their reversal there to Leinster on the opening weekend of the new season.

Ulster's only defeat in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 10-25 at home to Leinster on October 28.

Ulster have won twice away from home in the Championship this season, in Treviso in Round two and in Port Elizabeth in Round Eight.

Ulster have won their last five fixtures with Dragons, including a 52-25 victory in Belfast in September.

The Ulstermen have won on their last two visits to Rodney Parade. 

Teams:

Dragons: 15 Angus O’Brien, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Gavin Henson, 9 Dan Babos, 8 James Benjamin, 7 Ollie Griffiths (captain), 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Matthew Screech, 4 Joe Davies, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp, 17 Gerard Ellis, 18 Sam Hobbs, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Ben Roach, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Arwel Robson, 23 Pat Howard.

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Greg Jones, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Ross Kane, 2 John Andrew, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Rory Best, 17 Callum Black, 18 Andrew Warwick, 19 Matthew Dalton, 20 Chris Henry, 21 John Cooney, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Andrew Trimble.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Mike English (Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)

Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues
(Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Glasgow Warriors made it nine wins out of nine in the Pr14 this season with their 47-6 eclipsing of Ospreys in Swansea on Sunday.

The Scotsmen's only defeat at Scotstoun in the Championship since February came in Round 22 against their fiercest rivals, Edinburgh.

Cardiff Blues have won their last two Pro14 encounters, both at home, to Zebre and Connacht.

Blues only away victory in the Championship this season came on a trip to Connacht in Round Two.

The Warriors have lost just once to the Blues in their last thirteen meetings in the Pro14: 19-23 at Cardiff Arms Park in September 2016, whilst the Welsh Region's most recent success on Glasgow home soil came on a visit to Firhill in February 2011. 

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Callum Gibbins (captain), 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 George Turner, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu’uese, 20 Samu Vunisa, 21 George Horne, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe (captain), 14 Owen Lane, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Macauley Cook, 4 George Earle, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Brad Thyer.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 James Down, 20 Damian Welch, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 Tom James.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Keith Allen (Scotland)
TMO: Andrew Cymene (Scotland)

Southern Kings v Edinburgh
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 UK time; 17.30 GMT)

Southern Kings are still without a victory in the Pro14 but in the last two rounds they have picked up two losing bonus points and two try bonus points.

The Kings most recent home victory was 35-32 against Sharks in Super Rugby on May 13.

Edinburgh's five-game winning run in all competitions ended in Bloemfontein on Friday, whilst their record on the road in the Championship this season is now won two lost three.

The two teams have never met before.

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Yaw Penxe/Masixole Banda, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Harlon Klassen, 12 Berton Klaasen, 11 Anthony Volmink/Alshaun Bock, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Dries van Schalkwyk, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Barend Janse van Rensburg, 23 Jacques Nel.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Fraser McKenzie (captain), 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Glenn Bryce.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Saturday, December 2:

Benetton v Leinster
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 16.30; 15.30 UK time; 15.30 GMT)

Benetton have slipped to three straight defeats in the Pro14 since beating Southern Kings 31-3 in Treviso in early October, although they only lost last weekend by a single point thanks to a 79th-minute conversion of Andrew Trimble's 50th Pro14 try against Ulster in Belfast.

Leinster’s only defeat in any competition since September was 21-31 in Glasgow in Round Eight of the Pro14.

The Leinstermen have only once been defeated by an Italian opponent in the Championship: 13-29 to Benetton in Treviso in their very first such encounter, in September 2010.

Leinster have won their last five matches against Benetton Rugby since their 24-all draw at Stadio Monigo in November 2014.

Teams:

Benetton: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Ignacio Brex, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (captain), 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Nasi Manu, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Irné Herbst, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Tomas Baravalle, 1 Cherif Traore.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Alberto De Marchi, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Lazzaroni, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Luca Morisi.

Leinster: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Noel Reid, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Luke McGrath (captain), 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Ian Nagle, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 James Tracy, 1 Jack McGrath.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Vakh Abdaladze, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Fergus McFadden, 23 Rory O’Loughlin.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi (Italy), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

Munster v Ospreys
(Irish Independent Park, Cork - Kick-off: 17.30; 17.30 GMT)

Munster have won their last two matches in the Pro14, both with a try bonus point, at home to Dragons and away to Zebre.

The Munstermen's only home defeat in any tournament since September 2016 was to Scarlets at Thomond Park in the Pro14 in February 2017.

Munster have not been defeated in Cork since Cardiff Blues won there by a single point in Round Two last season.

Ospreys have won just once in the last eight rounds of the Pro14: 28-14 at home to Dragons in Round Seven, whilst they haven't won away from home in the Championship since a trip to Edinburgh on March 3.

Munster's only defeat in their last seven fixtures with Ospreys was 17-21 in Cork in February 2016.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 James Hart, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Chris Cloete, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (captain), 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Liam O’Connor.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Brian Scott, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Darren O’Shea, 20 Sean O’Connor, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Calvin Nash.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 James Hook, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 James King, 7 Will Jones, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Bradley Davies (captain), 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Gareth Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rowan Jenkins, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Rob McCusker, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 Luke Price, 23 Joe Thomas.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies (Wales), Simon Rees (Wales)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

Cheetahs v Scarlets
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 UK time; 17.30 GMT)

Cheetahs beat Edinburgh 33-13 in Bloemfontein on Friday but have not won successive matches in the Pro14 since September.

Cheetahs only previous encounter with a Welsh opponent was a 44-25 home win over Ospreys in Round Five.

Scarlets have won their last six Pro14 encounters, whilst their only defeat in the Championship since early March was to Ulster in Belfast on September 15.

Scarlets have already beaten Southern Kings home and away this campaign, including a 34-30 victory in Port Elizabeth last weekend, this is their first encounter with the Cheetahs.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Makazola Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Rynier Bernardo, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Jasper Wiese, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Tertius Kruger, 23 Sibhale Maxwane.

Scarlets: 15 Johnny Mcnicholl, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Steff Hughes ©, 12 Paul Asquith, 11 Ioan Nicholas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Will Boyde, 7 James Davies, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Lewis Rawlins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Dylan Evans.
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Rhys Fawcett, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Steven Cummins, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Ioan Hughes, 23 Morgan Williams.

Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stephen Geldenhuys (South Africa), Jaco Kotze (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Zebre v Connacht
(Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma - Kick-off: 14.15; 12.15 UK time. 12.15 GMT)

Zebre have slipped to four straight defeats in the Pro14 since beating Ulster 27-23 in Parma at the end of September.

Zebre have scored at least one try in all matches they have played this season, but their only two try bonus points both came on their mini-tour to South Africa in September.

Connacht's four-game winning run in all competitions came to an end in Cardiff last weekend.

Connacht have lost their last five away games in the Pro14 since beating Edinburgh 22-19 at Myreside in April.

Zebre achieved their first ever victory over Connacht in Parma in April – a game which was replayed after the original encounter in September had been abandoned at half-time due to lightning, with Zebre 22-10 ahead. 

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Maxime Mbandà, 5 George Biagi (captain), 4 Leonard Krumov, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 David Sisi, 20 Jacopo Sarto, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Serafin Bordoli, 23 Ciaran Gaffney.

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Cian Kelleher, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 Tom Farrell, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Steve Crosbie, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 James Connolly, 6 Eoghan Masterson, 5 James Cannon, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Shane Delahunt, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Cillian Gallagher, 20 Naulia Dawai, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Eoin Griffin.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Gianluca Gnecchi
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

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Hidalgo-Clyne stars as Edinburgh down Kings

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:41

PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne scored a hat-trick off the bench as Edinburgh Rugby secured an impressive 48-21 victory against Southern Kings in South Africa.

The scrumhalf capped off a fine night for the Scottish side, as they scored six tries in total to consolidate their grip on fourth in Conference B.

Edinburgh burst out of the blocks, scoring two tries in the first six minutes through Fraser McKenzie and Viliame Mata.

The Kings hit back before the break but Edinburgh flexed their muscle to run in three more tries to cap off a convincing bonus-point win.

With six Scotland internationals back in the ranks, Edinburgh were given a major boost ahead of the match and it took them less than three minutes to make it count.

A neat, flowing move saw the visitors cut through the Kings and it was left to captain Fraser McKenzie to stretch across for the first of the match.

The Kings were shell-shocked and it got worse minutes later as Viliame Mata powered over to make the score 12-0 within six minutes.

Schalk Ferreira’s yellow card made things worse for the Kings but they battled hard and scored points of their own with Kurt Coleman landing a penalty.

Gilchrist barrelled over for Edinburgh’s third mid-way through the first half but by then the Kings had found a route into the game.

Harlon Klaasen, a threat all night with ball in hand, sprinted clear of Edinburgh’s defence to score a superb solo try while Coleman landed two more penalties to reduce the gap to six points.

Edinburgh regrouped after the break with full-back Blair Kinghorn particularly influential, both under the high ball and surging forwards.

And the Scottish side secured the bonus point mid-way through the second half as Fife scrambled across after Nathan Fowles found him down the blind-side of a five-metre scrum.

Replacement Hidalgo-Clyne then finished it shortly after, getting the ball down after a pick and go before adding his second from close range by running a clever line.

And, as the Kings tired, he finished an unlikely hat-trick by bursting through a gap under the posts.

The Kings still had time for a consolation try through Dries van Schalkwyk.

The scorers:

For Southern Kings:
Tries:
 H Klaasen, Van Schalkwyk
Con: Coleman
Pens: Coleman 3

For Edinburgh:
Tries:
McKenzie, Mata,  Gilchrist, Fife, Hidalgo-Clyne 3
Cons:  Van der Walt 2, Hidalgo-Clyne 3
Pen: Van der Walt

Yellow Cards: Schalk Ferreira (SOuthern Kings, 10), Yaw Penxe (Southern Kings, 67), Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh, 79)

Southern Kings: 15 Yaw Penxe, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Harlon Klassen, 12 Berton Klaasen, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Dries van Schalkwyk, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Barend Janse van Rensburg, 23 Jacques Nel.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Fraser McKenzie (captain), 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Glenn Bryce.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Harlon Klaasen (21min) and Andries Van Schalkwyk (80min)
TRIES
Fraser McKenzie (3min), Viliami Mata (5min), Grant Gilchrist (18min), Dougie Fife (59min), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (71min), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (74min), and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (77min)
Kurt Coleman (22min)
CONVERSIONS
Jaco van der Walt (4min), Jaco van der Walt (19min), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (72min), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (75min), and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (78min)
Kurt Coleman (13min), Kurt Coleman (29min), and Kurt Coleman (39min)
PENALTIES
Jaco van der Walt (10min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Schalk Ferreira (9min) and Yaw Penxe (67min)
Cornell du Preez (79min)
 
 
VENUE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
REFEREE TBC