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Cheetahs

Pro14 | Stadio Monigo
13:15 (GMT) | 06-01-2018
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Stay tuned for more Pro 14 action as Leinster play Ulster in the next two hours before Munster play Connacht
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Luca Sperandio puts in the chip kick and chases well for Benetton but the bounce of the ball evades him and the Cheetahs can only manage to dot the ball down on their own line. The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the game, Benetton walk away with a 27-21 victory over the Cheetahs in this Pro 14 round 13 clash
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The Cheetahs are looking for the converted try which would give them the victory as they play the ball wide and draw in the Benetton defence with some big carries just outside the Benetton 22
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The Cheetahs send the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from just outside the Benetton 22 on the angle
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Mohoje breaks up field for the Cheetahs but he is unable to find a support player as he is brought to ground inside the Benetton half. The Cheetahs recycle the ball and go wide and go through the phases with some powerful carries before Teboho Mohoje crashes over with plenty of strength required in limited space for a try in the corner
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Marty Banks sends the Cheetahs tracking back into their own half with a kick up field. Monty Loane chases well and gets a boot to the loose ball. Craig Barry does well to track back and gather the loose ball for the Cheetahs on the Cheetahs five metre line
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Benetton jump up and win the ball at the lineout on their own five metre line before Eduardo Gori puts boot to ball and makes the clearance kick for Benetton with a touch finder just outside the Benetton 22. Cheetahs have the attacking lineout
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Benetton with good defensive organisation at the maul as they drive the Cheetahs into touch and Benetton have the defensive scrum on their five metre line
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Shaun Venter feeds the scrum for the Cheetahs inside the Benetton 22. Benetton concede the penalty for an infringement at scrum time and Niel Marais sets the attacking lineout for the Cheetahs with with a touch finder on the Benetton five metre line
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Marty Banks adds the extra two points with the conversion for Benetton from just outside the Cheetahs 22 on the angle
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Benetton get momentum from the rolling maul after winning the lineout on the Cheetahs five metre line and Epalahame Faiva crashes over for the pushover try for Benetton
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown just outside their 22 and Benetton are searching for the pushover try as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Cheetahs five metre line
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Torsten Van Jaarsveld finds Mohoje with an accurate throw at the lineout just outside the Cheetahs 22. The Cheetahs go wide and play the ball to speedster Mapimpi on the wing. Mapimpi is brought to ground
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Marty Banks converts the try with an accurate kick at poles from the Cheetahs 22 and Benetton now lead 20-16
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The Cheetahs are losing their composure with only 13 players on their side of the field at the moment as Benetton score an easy try after taking the ball straight from the base of the ruck on the Cheetahs five metre line and breaking the tackle of Mohoje as Federico Ruzza crashes over for the try
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Benetton are throwing the kitchen sink at the Cheetahs as they make the turnover at the breakdown deep inside the Cheetahs half and immediately look to draw in the Cheetahs defence with some big carries before they go wide
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Marty Banks sends the attempted conversion sailing wide of the poles. The kick at poles was taken from just outside the Cheetahs 22 on the angle
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Try time! Benetton have their second try of the game as Jayden Hayward sends Epalahame Faiva crashing over for a try with a well timed pass which was made from the advantage in numbers on the wing
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The Cheetahs have their second yellow card of the game in the space of two minutes. Shaun Venter is shown yellow and joins Torsten Van Jaarsveld in the sin bin after a deliberate knock down on the Cheetahs five metre line. Benettn are awarded the penalty and they are looking to scrum their way over the line with another five metre scrum
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Torsten Van Jaarsveld is sent to the sin bin for ten minutes after receiving a yellow card, the Cheetahs were given multiple warnings by the referees for their discipline and Torsten Van Jaarsveld infringed at the breakdown. Benetton are searching for the pushover try as they look to take advantage of the difference in numbers as they choose to go for an attacking five metre scrum
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Reniel Hugo concedes the penalty for the Cheetahs for an offside infringement just outside the Cheetahs 22 and Marty Banks sets the attacking lineout for Benetton from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Cheetahs 22
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Benetton jump up and win the ball at the lineout inside their own 22. Benetton go wide from the set-piece and take the ball into contact. The Cheetahs are blown up for not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Marty Banks sets the attacking lineout for Benetton with a touch finder just short of halfway
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The Cheetahs play the ball to the wing from the scrum deep inside their own half and Craig Barry sends Benetton tracking back inside their own half with a kick up field
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Fred Zeilinga has both the distance and the direction from the conversion as he sends the ball sailing through the poles from just outside the Benetton 22 on the angle. The Cheetahs now lead 16-8 after that converted try
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Craig Barry kicks up field and the ball takes a touch off a Benetton player before Reniel Hugo picks up the loose ball and starts the counter attack for the Cheetahs as the Cheetahs up the tempo and play wide before Teboho Mohoje is sent through for the try with a well timed pass
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Marty Banks puts boot to ball and sends the ball sailing through the poles with the penalty kick at poles from just outside the Cheetahs 22
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for Carl Wegner being in an offside position and Marty Banks will line up the kick at poles for Benetton from just outside the Cheetahs 22
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an infringement just outside the Benetton 22 and Marty Banks sets the attacking lineout for Benetton from the penalty with a touch finder on the Cheetahs ten metre line
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Fred Zeilinga gets the second half underway for the Cheetahs with a short high and hanging kick which travels just past the Benetton ten metre line. Benetton jump up and win the ball in the air before they test the Cheetahs under the high ball with a box kick. The Cheetahs manage to win the ball in the air inside their own half

Half Time

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The ball is kicked into touch and the referee signals the end of the first half. That will be halftime. The Cheetahs lead Benetton Treviso 9-5 at the break. Stay tuned for the second forty which will follow shortly
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Marty Banks sees the conversion attempt from just outside the Cheetahs 22 bounce off the poles
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Try time! Benetton strike against the run of play. Francois Venter breaks the tackle with good pace and physicality with ball in hand. Venter looks to make the offload in the tackle but Benetton make a good read on defence as they make the interception. Benetton attack the line and draw in the Cheetahs defence before Marty Banks puts wing Monty Loane into space with a well timed inside pass. Loane dots down for the five pointer
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Carl Wegner jumps up and wins the ball against the throw at the lineout for the Cheetahs just outside the Benetton 22. The Cheetahs look to attack and make Benetton do the tackling
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Shaun Venter shows and goes from the scrum. Venter looks for space behind the Benetton back three with a grubber kick into space. The ball finds touch and Benetton will have the defensive lineout just outside their own 22
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It looks good and it's over! Fred Zeilinga makes it three from three with an accurate penalty kick at poles which sails through the poles the Cheetahs now lead 9-0
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Benetton concede the penalty for an infringement on their ten metre line and Fred Zeilinga will line up the kick at poles for the Cheetahs
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Monty Loane looks to beat Craig Barry for pace on the outside but the fullback is having none of it as he bundles Loane into touch with a well timed try saving tackle, Cheetahs have the defensive lineout just outside their 22
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High fives all around for Teboho Mohoje at the breakdown as he gets first to the ball and forces the turnover, Benetton concede the penalty for not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Fred Zeilinga is unable to find touch from the penalty just outside the Cheetahs 22, Benetton look to make the exit kick from inside their own half
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Marco Barbini does extremely well to draw in the Cheetahs defensive line and get the pass away in the tackle after coming away with the ball at the back of the Benetton scrum on the Cheetahs ten metre line
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The Cheetahs concede the free-kick for an infringement at scrum time on the Benetton ten metre line. Benetton tap and go and play quick as they take play up to halfway and look to counter attack
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Cheetahs flyhalf Fred Zeilinga plays a flat pass to Nico Lee in centre field, Lee takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground. The Cheetahs recycle the ball and play wide to Mapimpi on the wing. Benetton close down the space and bring Mapimpi to ground before the Cheetahs knock the ball forward. Benetton have the defensive scrum on their ten metre line
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Benetton have numbers out wide after creating space on the wing with some quick hands and accurate passing but they knock the ball forward and the Cheetahs have the attacking scrum just short of halfway
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Lucas Bigi is unable to throw straight at the lineout and the Cheetahs are awarded the scrum on their own ten metre line
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The flags are raised! Fred Zeilinga sends the ball sailing through the poles with the penalty kick at poles from inside the Benetton 22 and the Cheetahs now lead 6-0
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Benetton concede the penalty inside their 22 and Fred Zeilinga will look to add the extra three points for the Cheetahs with a kick at poles
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Nico Lee receives the ball after running into the line on a good angle. Benetton manage to bring Lee to ground inside the Benetton 22
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Benetton concede the penalty for an infringement at scrum time on the Cheetahs ten metre line and the Cheetahs are going for broke as Zeilinga sets the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Benetton 22
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Benetton concede the free-kick at scrum time for an early engagement on the Cheetahs ten metre line and the Cheetahs are looking to assert their dominance at the set-piece as they opt to go for another scrum
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Marty Banks does not have the direction as he sends the ball sailing wide of the poles from the penalty kick at poles and the Cheetahs will restart with the 22 metre drop out
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Francois Venter does well to track back on defence and gather a loose ball from a grubber kick inside the Cheetahs 22. Benetton had a previous advantage and are awarded the penalty and Marty Banks will line up the kick at poles for Benetton from just outside the Cheetahs 22
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Fred Zeilinga has his kicking boots on as he sends the penalty kick at poles sailing through the uprights and the Cheetahs now lead 3-0
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Benetton are blown up for going off their feet at the breakdown and Fred Zeilinga will strike for poles from the Benetton ten metre line
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Benetton jump up and win the lineout just outside their own 22. Benetton look to get the rolling maul going but Teboho Mohoje reads the maul well and manages to hold the ball up off the ground. Cheetahs are awarded the attacking scrum just outside the Benetton 22
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Johannes Coetzee concedes the penalty at scrum time for the Cheetahs for an over extension and Marty Banks sets the lineout for Benetton with a touch finder just short of the Benetton ten metre line
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The scrum goes to ground and the referee asks for a reset. Benetton will have another defensive scrum inside their 22
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Torsten Van Jaarsveld goes on a powerful run down the wing as he breaks free and puts the Cheetahs into space but the Cheetahs make the handling error and knock the ball forward. Benetton have the defensive scrum inside their 22
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Shaun Venter kicks the ball out on the full from halfway and Benetton will have the attacking lineout on halfway
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Referee Frank Murphy blows his whistle and Marty Banks gets the game going for Benetton with a deep kick which travels all the way to the Cheetahs 22. Francois Venter claims possession and takes the ball into contact before Fred Zeilinga makes the exit kick for the Cheetahs with a kick up field. Benetton look to build the phases from halfway
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Grey skies welcome the teams onto the field, however conditions are perfect for some big hits, well timed offloads and plenty of sidesteps
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Frank Murphy is our referee. Stuart Gaffikin and Gianluca Gnecchi will assist him. Our TMO is Leo Colgan
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The Cheetahs have lost just twice since Round 2 in the Pro14, at home to Glasgow on 6 October and away to Connacht on 4 November. Cheetahs beat Zebre 24-23 on their only previous visit to Italy in Round 7. This is the two sides' first meeting.
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Benetton won both of their festive fixtures against near-neighbours Zebre but have not won three in a row in the Pro14 since December 2012. The Italian's three home wins in the Championship this season were against Ospreys in Round 4, Southern Kings in Round Six and Zebre in Round 11.
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TEAM NEWS, CHEETAHS: Springbok centre Francois Venter returns from international duty to lead the Cheetahs in their first match of 2018. Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan made a number of changes. Apart from the return of Venter, Craig Barry moves to fullback, replacing Clayton Blommetjies - who has been side-lined due to a cold. William Small-Smith will be starting on right wing. Springboks Teboho Mohoje (flank) and Uzair Cassiem (No.8) are both in the starting line-up. Cassiem will be making his Pro14 debut. Rynier Bernardo and Junior Pokomela will be providing cover on the bench. Tian Meyer is suffering from a groin injury giving Mthokozisi Mkhabela the opportunity on the bench. Niel Marais and Adriaan Coertzen will both be making their Pro14 debuts when they set foot to field
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TEAM NEWS, BENETTON TREVISO: Lock Dean Budd will captain Benetton and he combines with Irne Herbst for the lock combination. Fullback Jayden Hayward starts alongside wings Luca Sperandio and Monty Loane in the back three combination
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365's live commentary of this Pro 14 round 13 match between Benetton Treviso and the Cheetahs from Stadio Monigo, Treviso
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Nicola Quaglio
  • 2 Lucas Bigi
  • 3 Tiziano Pasquali
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Dean Budd
  • 6 Whetu Douglas
  • 7 Abraham Steyn
  • 8 Marco Barbini
  • 9 Tito Tebaldi
  • 10 Marty Banks
  • 11 Monty Loane
  • 12 Alberto Sgarbi
  • 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
  • 14 Luca Sperandio
  • 15 Jayden Hayward
RESERVES
  • 16 Epalahame Faiva
  • 17 Federico Zani
  • 18 Cherif Traore
  • 19 Federico Ruzza
  • 20 Marco Fuser
  • 21 Sebastian Negri
  • 22 Eduardo Gori
  • 23 Ian McKinley
START LINE UP
  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 5 Reniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Uzair Cassiem
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Fred Zeilinga
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 Nico Lee
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 William Small-Smith
  • 15 Craig Barry
  • 20 Junior Pokomela
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Reynier Bernardo
  • 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela
  • 22 Niel Marais
  • 23 Adriaan Coertzen
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Preview: Pro14, Round 13

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:45

RETURN OF THE NEWCOMERS: The Pro14 has plenty of storylines to offer in Round 13, with more Welsh and Irish derbies on the fixture list.

At the same time, the South African teams return to action after their mid-season break.

The festive derbies drew bumper crowds with close to 150,000 attending during Rounds 11 and 12 across Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Round 12 also saw a number of nail-biting finishes with Cardiff Blues v Scarlets, Leinster v Connacht and Zebre v Benetton going
right down to the final play of the game.

This weekend the northern teams will look to cement their places before returning to European action while the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will face each other in back-to-back games after their trips Italy & Scotland.

What's at Stake

The Southern Kings return to Pro14 action with a trip to Scotland to face Edinburgh.

Edinburgh will be buoyed by their Derby win over Glasgow Warriors in Round 11 and the Conference B side will be keenly aware that they could close the gap on third-placed Ulster. Although the Kings have been improving, Richard Cockerill's men are in form and chasing their 10th win out of 12 games in all competitions.

Champions Scarlets entertain Dragons, having shown some serious grit in the previous Derby games with Ospreys and Cardiff Blues to stay on top of Conference B. Scarlets are just two points ahead of 2nd-placed Leinster and have not lost in their last 16 home games in the Championship. Dragons, however, will provide plenty of muscle in this contest having performed well in their past two Derbies despite those losses and if Wayne Pivac's team take their eye off the ball then the visitors may well spring a shock.

On Saturday, Benetton takes on the Cheetahs, after two wins over Zebre. This out of Conference fixture will have an impact on both teams with the hosts trying to stay in touch with Edinburgh, who currently occupy the Champions Cup play-off place in Conference B, while the South Africans have some ground to make up on Munster who is second in Conference A. If Benetton can get a win here it will be their third consecutive Championship victory, a feat they last achieved in 2012.

Munster takes on Connacht at Thomond Park and the home team need to regain momentum after losses to both Leinster and Ulster in recent rounds. The men in red have lost all four interprovincial Derbies in the Pro14 this season, including away to Connacht in the reverse fixture. History is against the Westerners with Connacht having won just two away Derby games in the history of the Championship, but Kieran Keane's team have improved over the past six weeks and they will draw inspiration from their 2015 victory at the Limerick ground.

Ospreys face Cardiff Blues in Swansea and this will an intense match-up between two sides will plenty to play for. Despite a slow start to the season, Ospreys can still make up ground to get into the Champions Cup play-off position. The Blues will be keen to qualify automatically and their current hold on fourth place would be enough to make it into the Champions Cup if the Cheetahs finish above them.

Pick of the Round Leinster v Ulster

This Conference B clash will have a bearing on the title ambitions of both teams with Leinster in second looking to stretch the gap between Ulster in third. After a record defeat to Connacht in Round 11, Ulster produced a record comeback against Munster in Round 12 and the stakes are high going into this game in Dublin.

Leinster have back-to-back wins over Munster and Connacht and need another victory here to keep on the heels of 1st-placed Scarlets. This promises to be a fiery affair with so much at stake for both teams and their players, who are eager to impress ahead of Europe and the Six Nations.

Top Performers - Round 12
* Tackles made: 34 Josh van der Flier (Leinster)
* Carries: 21 Bundee Aki (Connacht)
* Defenders beaten: 8 Charles Piutau (Ulster) / Bundee Aki (Connacht)
* Offloads: 7 James Lowe (Leinster)
* Breaks: 3 Multiple Players
* Metres made: 167 Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues)
* Turnovers won: 3 Max Deegan (Leinster)
* line-out steals: 1 Multiple Players

We look at all the Round 13 matches!

Friday, January 5

EDINBURGH v SOUTHERN KINGS
(Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 19.35; 21.35 SA time; 19.35 GMT)

Edinburgh's four-game winning run in all competitions ended with their 0-17 defeat to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on 30 December - the first time Edinburgh had been nilled in the Pro14 for over three years.

The Scotsmen's only defeat at home this season was when Benetton were the visitors in Round Three of the Pro14.

The Southern Kings have gleaned just four league points this season, gaining both a try bonus and a losing bonus in successive matches, at home to Ulster and Scarlets in November.

The Kings were defeated on their only previous visit to Scotland: 13-43 to Glasgow at Scotstoun in Round Seven.

The two sides have met once before, on 1 December in Port Elizabeth with Edinburgh victorious 48-21.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Elliot Millar-Mills, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Damien Hoyland.

Southern Kings: 15 Ntabeni Dukisa, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Eitel Bredenkamp, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Njabulo Gumede, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Gouws Rowan/Godlen Masimla, 22 Harlon Klaasen, 23 Masixole Banda.

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson, Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

SCARLETS v DRAGONS
(Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli - Kickoff: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Scarlets only loss since Round 3 of the Pro14 was 21-28 to Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on 2 December.

Scarlets have won their last sixteen home games in the Championship since Munster beat them at there in September 2016.

Dragons are without a win in the last seven rounds of the Pro14, although they did draw 32-all at home to Ulster on 1 December.

Dragons have not won away from home in the Championship since a trip to Treviso in March 2015.

Dragons only success over a fellow Welsh region in the Pro14 since 2013 was on a visit to Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day 2014.

Scarlets have lost only one of their last eighteen fixtures with Dragons in the Championship: 16-23 at Rodney Parade in September 2013 whilst Dragons only previous success on Scarlets soil since the regions were formed in 2003 was on their final visit to Stradey Park in September 2007.

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Ioan Nicholas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 8 John Barclay, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens (captain), 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 Will Boyde, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Morgan Williams.

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Arwel Robson, 9 Dan Babos, 8 James Benjamin, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Joe Davies, 3 Nicky Thomas, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Luke Garrett.
Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Jarryd Sage.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi (Italy), Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Saturday, January 6

BENETTON v CHEETAHS
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 14.15; 15.15 SA time; 13.15 GMT)

Benetton won both of their festive fixtures against near-neighbours Zebre but have not won three in a row in the Pro14 since December 2012.

The Italian's three home wins in the Championship this season were against Ospreys in Round 4, Southern Kings in Round Six and Zebre in Round 11.

Cheetahs have lost just twice since Round 2 in the Pro14, at home to Glasgow on 6 October and away to Connacht on 4 November.

Cheetahs beat Zebre 24-23 on their only previous visit to Italy in Round 7.

This is the two sides' first meeting.

Teams:

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Dean Budd (captain), 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Fuser, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Ian McKinley.

Cheetahs: 15 Craig Barry, 14 William Small Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Makazola Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga,  9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Botha Tom, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Adriaan Coertzen.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

OSPREYS v CARDIFF BLUES
(Liberty Stadium, Swansea - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Ospreys' 22-9 victory at Dragons on New Year's Eve ended a four-game losing run in the Pro14; in fact, Ospreys have won just twice in the Championship since the opening weekend and both were against Dragons.

Ospreys two Pro14 victories this season at Liberty Stadium were against Zebre in Round One and Dragons in Round Seven.

Cardiff Blues record in the last ten rounds of the Pro14 is an even won five, lost five.

Blues have won just twice away from home in the Championship this season, at Connacht in Round 4 and at Dragons in Round 11.

Blues won their most recent fixture against Ospreys 35-17 at Principality Stadium on 'Judgement Day V' in April to end an 11-game losing run to Ospreys in the Pro14.

Cardiff Blues only previous victory at Liberty Stadium in the Championship was on their very first visit in December 2005.

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Sam Davies, 14 Dan Evans, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Rob McCusker, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Will Jones, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 James Hook, 23 Dafydd Howells.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 Damian Welch, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Kristian Dacey (captain), 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 George Earle, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Adam Jones (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

ZEBRE v GLASGOW WARRIORS
(Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma - Kick-off: 16.30; 15.30 GMT)

Zebre's only victory since the end of September was 24-10 at home to Connacht in Round 10 in the Pro14.

The Italians have beaten a Scottish opponent just once since 2015: 19-14 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October 2016.

Glasgow Warriors only defeat in the Pro14 this season was by a single point to Edinburgh at Murrayfield on 23 December.

The Warriors have lost three of their last four away games in all competitions, but have not lost to an Italian opponent since Benetton visited Firhill in September 2011.

The two sides have met on ten previous occasions with Glasgow victorious in each instance.

Teams:

Zebre: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Rory Parata, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Castello (captain), 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Maxime Mbandà, 5 George Biagi, 4 David Sisi, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Tommaso D’Apice, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Maicol Azzolini, 23 Ciaran Gaffney.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Nick Grigg, 11 Niko Matawalu, 10 Finn Russell, 9 George Horne, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Adam Ashe, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Brandon Thomson.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

LEINSTER v ULSTER
(RDS Arena, Dublin - Kick-off: 17.35; 17.35 GMT)

Leinster have lost only once in any tournament since the end of September: 21-31 at Glasgow in Round Eight of the Pro14.

The Leinstermen have lost just once at home in the Pro14 since February 2015: 15-27 at the RDS Arena to Scarlets in last season's semifinal.

Ulster has lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions: 16-44 to Connacht in Galway on 23 December, whilst their only victory away to a fellow Irish province since April 2015 was on a trip to Connacht in December 2015.

Leinster have lost only one of their last four fixtures with Ulster: 13-17 in Belfast last May.

The Ulstermen have won just once in fourteen previous visits to the RDS Arena: 22-18 in March 2013.

Overall the two provinces have met on 153 previous occasions with Leinster having the edge by 78 wins to 60 with 15 draws.

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 James Tracy, 1 Jack McGrath (captain).
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Johnny Sexton, 23 Noel Reid.

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Johnny Stewart, 8 Jean Deysel, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Pete Browne, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Callum Black.
Replacements:  16 Rob Herring, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Alan O'Connor, 20 Nick Timoney,  21 John Cooney, 22 Johnny McPhillips, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville, Shane Kierans (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

MUNSTER v CONNACHT
(Thomond Park, Limerick - Kick-off: 19.45; 19.45 GMT)

Munster have lost their last two matches, both in the Pro14, at home to Leinster and away to Ulster. They have not lost three in a row in the Championship since December 2015.

Munster have lost all four matches they have played against fellow Irish provinces this season.

Connacht's 18-21 defeat to Leinster in Dublin on New Year's Day ended a three-game winning run in all competitions.

Connacht has not won away from home in the Pro14 since beating Edinburgh at Myreside on 7 April, whilst their only two wins away from home against a fellow Irish province in the history of the Championship were against Leinster in 2002 and Munster 2015.

Connacht has the slight edge in meetings between the two provinces leading by four wins to three in fixtures since the New Year 2015, prior to this Connacht had only beaten Munster five times in eighty years.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander (captain), 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Darren O’Shea, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 James Cronin, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Robin Copeland, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Darren Sweetnam.

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Cillian Gallagher, 5 James Cannon, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Peter McCabe.
Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Conan O’Donnell, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 Paul Boyle, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Craig Ronaldson, 23 Darragh Leader.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher, Nigel Correll (Ireland)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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Benetton too good for indisciplined Cheetahs

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:00

PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Benetton produced a stunning second half to beat the Cheetahs 27-21 in their Round 13 match in Treviso on Saturday.

The Cheetahs looked like they could earn a valuable win on the road, but were ultimately undone by their own lack of discipline.

The Cheetahs were leading 16-8, when hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld (repeated infringements, killing the ball at the breakdown) and Shaun Venter (cynical foul, deliberately slapping the ball down) went off for yellow cards in quick succession.

By the time the duo returned, the home team held a 20-16 lead and had regained the momentum - which for large parts of the game had been with the Cheetahs.

There will also be concern over the neck injury suffered by Cheetahs captain  Francois Venter.

Despite the defeat, the Cheetahs stay in third place in Conference A and in a play-off position.

Rory Duncan's men relied on three Fred Zeilinga penalties to give them a 9-5 lead going into the break, as Marty Ioane scored for the hosts.

Benetton flyhalf Marty Banks then closed the gap with a penalty, but when Springbok flank Teboho Mohoje scored and Zeilinga converted, the Cheetahs had opened up a 16-8 lead.

But those two yellow cards in the space of a minute saw the Cheetahs reduced to 13 men.

It didn't take Benetton long to capitalise, and the had their second try through Epalahame Faiva on 60 minutes.

The hosts took the lead soon over through Federico Ruzza, and when Banks converted they had a 20-16 lead.

Despite the Cheetahs having 15 players back on the field, the killer blow came on 70 minutes when Benetton got their fourth, and the bonus point try, through Faiva's second to put the game to bed.

The Cheetahs hit back with a late try through Mohoje to secure a bonus point, but it was too little too late.

The scorers:

For Benetton:
Tries:
 Ioane, Faiva 2, Ruzza
Cons: Banks 2
Pen: Banks

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
 Mohoje 2
Con: Zeilinga
Pens: Zeilinga 3

Yellow cards: Torsten van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs, 55 - repeated infringements, killing the ball at the breakdown), Shaun Venter (Cheetahs, 56 - cynical foul, deliberately slapping the ball down)

Teams:

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Dean Budd (captain), 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Fuser, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Ian McKinley.

Cheetahs: 15 Craig Barry, 14 William Small Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Makazola Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga,  9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Botha Tom, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Adriaan Coertzen.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

Monty Loane (37min), Epalahame Faiva (58min), Federico Ruzza (62min), and Epalahame Faiva (69min)
TRIES
Teboho Mohoje (45min) and Teboho Mohoje (78min)
Marty Banks (63min) and Marty Banks (70min)
CONVERSIONS
Fred Zeilinga (46min)
Marty Banks (44min)
PENALTIES
Fred Zeilinga (7min), Fred Zeilinga (17min), and Fred Zeilinga (30min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Torsten Van Jaarsveld (55min) and Shaun Venter (56min)
 
 
VENUE Stadio Monigo
REFEREE Frank Murphy (Ireland)