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Pro14 | Cardiff Arms Park
19:35 (GMT) | 10-02-2018
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The Blues stop the maul in it's tracks and the Cheetahs moving it along the 5 and they knock it on. The referee sounds his whistle for FULL TIME
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9 phases so far for the away team. The referee blows his whistle for a side entry in the ruck. The ball is kicked into touch at the 5
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The Cheetahs fighting to win it at the last as they find themselves at the edge of the try line now
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Line-out to the hosts inside their own half following the scrum. They take the ball and run it to the 10 of the visitors before the referee stops play
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The ball lost forward in contact and Cardiff win a scrum outside their 5
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Line-out to the visitors at the 5 of the hosts now
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Evans takes the kick and makes it 25 to the good
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The hosts win a penalty in front of the sticks and look for the 3 points
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Francois Venter making a good tackle to save his team another try. The referee blows for a foul against the hosts and the Cardiff kick into touch fro a 5 meter throw
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Cardiff on the attack now after the scrum. They rush forward into the Cheetahs half and are held back at the 5
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Scrum to the Blues at the half way now
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The Cheetahs make their way forward to the half way after the scrum but the referee halts play after the ball is lost forward again
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Cheetahs after the throw
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The hosts win a penalty at the 22 and kick the ball into touch at the 5 of the Cheetahs for a 5 meter throw
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The Cheetahs manage to clear but the hosts come again, now at the 10
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Cardiff on the attack now after the restart kick
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Zeilinga adds the extras
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The Cheetahs' pressure pays off and Cassiem makes it over the line to score a TRY
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The restart kick is taken and the Cheetahs on the attack immediately after, at the 5 now
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Evans adds the extras
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Nick Williams powers over the line after the scrum and the referee reviews whether it was grounded. The TMO agrees it was. TRY to the hosts
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The referee says scrum to the Blues at the away team 5
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Line-out for the hosts at the 5. The Cheetahs desperate defending on their try line. The referee reviews the play with the TMO and says no try
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The Blues manage to break from the half way and they shoot to the 22 of the visitors but the Cheetahs direct them into touch
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both sides
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The Blues inside their half as they look to build
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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The referee reviews the situation again with the TMO
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The Cheetahs applying pressure as the Blues look to regain their form. Nche makes a tackle and offloads to get his team over the line but the referee says knock-on at the turnover
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Cardfiff in possession now at the half way after the restart kick is cleared
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Penalty to the visitors and Zeilinga steps up for a kick at goal. He takes his kick and adds 3
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They managed to pick up the loose ball and make it to the 10 of the hosts
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Cheetahs with a scrum right off the bat as Evans overcooks his kickoff. The visitors are pushed back with the ball and clear their lines from their 22
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The referee blows his whistle and the second half is underway

Half Time

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The referee ends the half for HALF TIME after the ball is tackled into touch
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Scrum to the visitors but they give away a penalty in the scrum and Evans steps up for a kick at goal. He takes his kick and makes it 15 before the half time whistle
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Cheetahs defend their lines and win a scrum after the ball is lost forward at their 22
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Scrum to the hosts
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The ball is fumbled forward in contact by the Cheetahs as they defend at their 5
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The Blues applying more pressure now as they edge into the 22 of the Cheetahs
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Cardiff losing the ball again as they trek forward. Zeilinga picks it up and boots it out into touch for a home team throw at the Cheetahs 10
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The Cheetahs manage to hold off the attackers and clear the ball, then prepare for another wave of Blue shirts
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Scrum to Cardiff
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The ball lost forward by the visitors while defending at their 22
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The Cheetahs moving it along their 10 as they look for a gap. They make it to the home team 10 but it's lost and kicked forward
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The referee sounds his whistle for a high tackle after the restart kick. The Cheetahs kick into touch at the home team 10
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The conversion kick goes wide
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Cardiff opt for a line-out at the 5. They take the throw and run over the line to score a TRY. Ellis Jenkins the man to bag the 5 points
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Cardiff sneak in along the wing and make it inside the 5. Bodies piling over the try line. The referee blows his whistle for a penalty and a yellow card to Bernado
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Scrum to the hosts outside the 22 of the away team
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Scrum to the visitors. They send it out back but lose it forward in contact themselves
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Cheetahs force an error from the hosts while defending and the ball is lost forward
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The Cheetahs give away a penalty after the reset kick and Cardiff kick into touch outside the 22
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Evans adds the extras
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They move it to the opposite wing and Lee-Lo snatches the ball out of the ruck and dives over the line to score a TRY
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They take their line-out and step into the 22 with good pace
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The reset kick is deep and the Cheetahs relieve the pressure by putting it into touch for a Cardiff throw outside the away team 22
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Zeilinga steps up for a shot at goal. He takes his kick and adds 3
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The Cheetahs come again and win a penalty outside the 22
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The hosts managed to hold of the attackers with a clearance after a turnover
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The referee sounds his whistle after the scrum and Blommetjies kicks into touch around the 22
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Cheetahs benefiting from the wet conditions now with a scrum around the half way
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Line-out taken and they move it along the 10, slipping as they do. The ball is lost forward
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The Blues decide to carry the ball forward this time around. They make it to the 10 of the Cheetahs and the ball is knocked into touch for a home team throw
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The ball being cleared by both sides now as it reaches each team's 10
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Evans take his kick and sends it wide
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The Blues win a penalty shortly after the restart and they have a shot at goal
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Zeilinga secures the extras
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Nche finds himself with the ball and bulldozer's his way through the back line to get the first TRY
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Line-out taken and they opt for a maul, but it's taken apart quickly. They move it along the 5 now
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Cheetahs win a scrum inside the 22 of the Blues. They take their scrum and win a penalty. They kick into touch at the 5
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The ball being played around the mid field as it moves between hands of both sets of players
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players leaving the locker rooms now
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The two sides have never met before and this is the Cardiff Blues region’s first ever fixture against a South African opponent
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Cardiff Blues only victory in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 22-17 at Dragons on Boxing Day. The Welshmen's three game-winning run at the Arms Park in the Pro14 ended when Scarlets beat them there on New Year's Eve
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Rory Duncan's Cheetahs have won away from South Africa just once this season and their performance in the Welsh capital should give us a greater insight into how much they can improve their road form
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Both of these teams like to throw the ball about and play an expansive game – perfect for the artificial surface at Cardiff Arms Park. There’s a lot at stake, too, Cardiff Blues may trail the Cheetahs by 15 points in Conference A but this represents a chance to eat into that lead before they travel to Bloemfontein later in the season
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Gethin Jenkins
  • 2 Matthew Rees
  • 3 Anton Peikrishvili
  • 4 George Earle
  • 5 Seb Davies
  • 6 Macauley Cook
  • 7 Ellis Jenkins
  • 8 Nick Williams
  • 9 Lloyd Williams
  • 10 Jarrod Evans
  • 11 Owen Lane
  • 12 Reynold Lee-Lo
  • 13 Garyn Smith
  • 14 Aled Summerhill
  • 15 Rhun Williams
  • 23 Ryan Edwards
RESERVES
  • 16 Kirby Myhill
  • 17 Brad Thyer
  • 18 Dillon Lewis
  • 19 Josh Turnbull
  • 20 Olly Robinson
  • 21 Tomas Williams
  • 22 Dan Fish
START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Reynier Bernardo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Uzair Cassiem
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Fred Zeilinga
  • 11 Sibhale Maxwano
  • 12 Nico Lee
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Craig Barry
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Carl Wegner
  • 20 Henco Venter
  • 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela
  • 22 Niel Marais
  • 23 Malcolm Jaer
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PREVIEW: Pro14, Round 14

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:05

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Pro14 returns with its first full slate of games since December with fixtures playing out across Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

With only eight rounds left in the regular season, the competition is heating up right across both Conferences as teams fight it out for Final Series places and Champions Cup qualification. 

Clubs will also be eager to secure home advantage in the knock-out stages but Scarlets proved last year that away teams can still claim the title as the Championship becomes more unpredictable.

The Pro14 Final takes place in Dublin's Aviva Stadium on May 26.

What's at Stake

Connacht pick up their campaign against Ospreys eager to take advantage of the result between Cardiff Blues and Cheetahs – two of their closest rivals in Conference A. Connacht will be buoyed by their success in the Challenge Cup while Ospreys will have a new coach at the helm, forwards coach Allen Clarke has taken charge of the team after the departure of Steve Tandy.

The crowds have been up at Rodney Parade this season and Dragons will be hoping for a vocal support when high-flying Glasgow Warriors come to town. The 2015 champions have only suffered one defeat this season but with Bernard Jackman instilling a new attitude at Dragons this fixture could provide an upset.

Edinburgh's recent record in all competitions is strong and Leinster will have to be at their best to match the physical intensity that has become the hallmark of Richard Cockerill's team. The game takes place at Myreside marking a year since the ground become Edinburgh's regular home. A positive result for the hosts would keep the pressure on Ulster for the third Final Series place in Conference B.

The final game on Friday sees Ulster entertain Southern Kings as the home team begin life after the departure of Director of Rugby, Les Kiss. The fans at Kingspan Stadium will be in for a treat if this fixture is anything like the teams' first meeting in November that produced 12 tries in a 43-36 thriller in Port Elizabeth.

Zebre are the visitors to Thomond Park on Saturday to take on Munster. Munster will feel the need to ensure they keep a distance between themselves and the Cheetahs in Conference B, but also take advantage of any slip-up by Glasgow Warriors in order to cut down the 15-point lead the Scots currently hold at the top of the Conference.

Sunday's only fixture sees Benetton host defending champions Scarlets. With both teams looking at changed starting XVs this promises to be a lively affair. However, Benetton have proven tough to beat in Treviso this season so the men from Llanelli are sure to be in for a tough afternoon's work.

Pick of the Round: Cardiff Blues v Cheetahs

Both of these teams like to throw the ball about and play an expansive game – perfect for the artificial surface at Cardiff Arms Park. There’s a lot at stake, too, Cardiff Blues may trail the Cheetahs by 15 points in Conference A but this represents a chance to eat into that lead before they travel to Bloemfontein later in the season. Rory Duncan's Cheetahs have won away from South Africa just once this season and their performance in the Welsh capital should give us a greater insight into how much they can improve their road form.

Opta Top Performers – Round 13

Most tackles: 21 Tienie Burger (Southern Kings)
Most carries: 19 Braam Steyn (Benetton)
Defenders beaten: 11 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)
Offloads: 3 Aled Davies / Ken Owens (both Scarlets)
Breaks: 5 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)
Metres made: 143 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)
Turnovers won: 4 Nick Williams (Cardiff Blues)
Line-out steals: 2 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh)

We take a look at all the Round 14 matches!

Friday, February 9:

CONNACHT RUGBY v OSPREYS
(Sportsground, Galway - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Connacht's only victory in their last five Pro14 fixtures was 44-16 at home to Ulster in Round 11.

Connacht have won their last six matches at the Sportsground in all tournaments since their 15-17 reversal there to Blues in the Pro14 on September 23.

Connacht have lost all four games they have played against Welsh opposition this season.

Ospreys play their first game for almost exactly five years without Steve Tandy at the helm.

The Welshmen have won their last two Pro14 matches, against Dragons and Blues, but have not been victorious outside of Wales in the Championship since a trip to Edinburgh last March.

Ospreys have lost their last three encounters with Irish provinces and have not won in Ireland since a visit to Galway in September 2016.

Connacht's only two wins in their last eight encounters with Ospreys were both in their Championship winning season of 2015/16.

Teams: 

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Cian Kelleher, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Tom Farrell, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Craig Ronaldson, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 John Muldoon (captain), 7 Naulia Dawai, 6 Eoghan Masterson, 5 James Cannon, 4 Andrew Browne, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Coulson.
Replacements: 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Dominic Robertson McCoy, 19 Gavin Thornbury, 20 James Connolly, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Pita Ahki.

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

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: David Wilkinson (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)

DRAGONS v GLASGOW WARRIORS
(Rodney Parade, Newport - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Dragons are winless in the Pro14 since they beat Southern Kings 29-13 at Rodney Parade on September 30, although they did draw 32-all at home to Ulster in Round 10.

The Welshmen have won their last two matches at Rodney Parade, against Bordeaux in the European Challenge Cup and Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Dragons have won only once of their last nine contests with Scottish opponents: 27-19 at home to Edinburgh in November 2016.

Glasgow Warriors have lost just once in the Pro14 this season, and that by a single point to Edinburgh at Murrayfield in Round 11.

The Scotsmen have won all four encounters they have played against Welsh regions this season

Warriors have won their last six fixtures with Dragons since the Welshmen's 24-23 victory at Rodney Parade in February 2014.

Teams:

Dragons: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Adam Warren, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Zane Kirchner, 9 Dan Babos, 8 Harri Keddie (captain), 7 James Benjamin, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Joe Davies, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp, 17 Gerard Ellis, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Henri Williams, 20 Lennon Greggains, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Gavin Henson, 23 Jarryd Sage.

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

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Dewi Phillips (Wales)

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

Edinburgh have lost just twice in the Pro14 since Round Five, both away from home, at Cheetahs in November and at Glasgow in December.

Edinburgh's only home defeat in any tournament this season was 17-20 to Benetton in the Pro14 in September.

Edinburgh have won only one of their last fifteen fixtures against Irish provinces: 28-17 over Ulster at Murrayfield in November 2016.
Leinster have won their last nine matches in all tournaments since they were defeated on their most recent visit to Scotland, against Glasgow at Scotstoun in the Pro14 on November 3.

Leinster have lost just once to Edinburgh since December 2013: 9-16 at Meggetland in the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Leinster have not played at Myreside since a visit in the European Champions Cup in October 2000, with Edinburgh winning 29-21.

Paul Williams becomes only the 2nd New Zealand referee to take charge of a Pro14 game, following test referee Kelvin Deaker who refereed Scarlets v Munster in November 2006.

Teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Dougie Fife, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Luke Crosbie, 5 Lewis Carmichael, 4 Fraser McKenzie (captain), 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Cameron Fenton, 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Magnus Bradbury, 20 John Hardie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Junior Rasolea, 23 Glenn Bryce.

Leinster: 15 Dave Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Max Deegan, 7 Will Connors, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Richardt Strauss (captain), 1 Peter Dooley.
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Óisín Heffernan, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Peadar Timmins, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Ciarán Frawley, 23 Adam Byrne.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

ULSTER v SOUTHERN KINGS
(Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Ulster's last six matches in all competitions have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst their only win in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was at home to Munster on New Year's Day.

Ulster's only defeat in Belfast in the Pro14 since October 2016 was to Leinster in Round Seven this season.

Southern Kings are still without a victory in the Pro14 this season, their four league points came in successive encounters at home in November, two of those in their defeat by Ulster.

Kings lost 10-32 against Connacht in Galway in Round Two on their only previous visit to an Irish Province.

The two sides have met just once before with Ulster winning 43-36 in a twelve-try thriller at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on November 4.

Teams:

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Rob Lyttle, 10 Johnny McPhillips, 9 John  Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Matthew Rea, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O’Connor (captain), 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 John Andrew, 1 Andy Warwick.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Matthew Dalton, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Jonny Stewart, 22 Darren Cave, 23 Louis Ludik.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Anthonie Volmink, 10 Martin Du Toit, 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby De Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Johan Smith, 18 Dayan Van der Westhuizen, 19 Jurie Van Vuuren, 20 Eital Bredenkamp, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Barend Janse van Rensburg, 23 Harlon Klaasen.

Referee: Joy Neville (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Kieran Barry (Ireland), Shane Kierans (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

Saturday, February 10:

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

Cardiff Blues only victory in the last four rounds of the Pro14 was 22-17 at Dragons on Boxing Day.

The Welshmen's three game-winning run at the Arms Park in the Pro14 ended when Scarlets beat them there on New Year's Eve.

Cheetahs' only loss in their last five fixtures was 21-27 to Benetton in Treviso on January 6.

The Cheetahs have won just once outside of South Africa this season, by a single point over Zebre in Parma at the end of October.

Cheetahs have won both of their previous matches against Welsh regions.

The two sides have never met before and this is the Cardiff Blues region’s first ever fixture against a South African opponent.

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 Seb Davies, 4 George Earle, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Josh Turnbull, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Dan Fish, 23 Ryan Edwards.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Sibhale Maxwano, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Malcolm Jaer.

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Rob Price (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

MUNSTER v ZEBRE
(Thomond Park, Limerick - Kick-off: 19.35, 19.35 GMT; 20.35 Italy Time)

Munster have lost twice in the last six rounds of the Pro14, at home to Leinster on St Stephen's Day and away to Ulster on New Year's Day.

The Munstermen have lost only once in their last fifteen home games in all competitions, 24-34 to Leinster on December 26.

Munster have not lost to an Italian opponent since they visited Treviso in September 2013.

Zebre won their most recent encounter 38-30 at home to Agen in Round Six of the Challenge Cup, but have not been victorious in the Pro14 since Connacht visited Parma on December 2.

Zebre have lost on all 23 previous visits to an Irish province in all tournaments.

The two sides have met on 11 previous occasions with Munster winning them all.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sammy Arnold, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (captain), 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Brian Scott, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin. 
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 John Ryan, 19 Gerbrandt Grobler, 20 Dave O’Callaghan, 21 John Poland, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Rory Scannell.

Zebre: 15 Ciaran Gaffney, 14 Gabriele Di Giulio, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Faialaga Afamasaga, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Serafin Bordoli, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Jimmy Tuivaiti, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Renato Giammarioli, 5 George Biagi (captain), 4 David Sisi, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Tommaso D’Apice, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau. 
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Roberto Tenga, 19 Leonard Krumow, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Riccardo Raffaele, 22 Maicol Azzolini, 23 Rory Parata.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Craig Evans (Wales), Jonny Erskine (Ireland)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

Sunday, February 11:

BENETTON v SCARLETS
(Stadio Monigo, Treviso Kick-off: 14.05; 13.05 UK Time; 13.05 GMT)

Benetton have won their last three matches in the Pro14, another victory would equal their best ever run in the Championship set in 2011.

The Italians have won their last two home games in the Pro14, both with maximum points.

Scarlets only defeat in the last ten rounds of the Pro14 was 21-28 at Toyota Cheetahs in early December.

The Welshmen have not lost to an Italian opponent since Benetton visited Parc y Scarlets in the Pro14 in May 2013.

The two side have already met three times this season (twice in the European Champions Cup) with Scarlets victorious on each occasion. Scarlets have actually won their last eleven fixtures against the Italians.

Teams:

Benetton: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Marco Barbini, 6 Alberto Sgarbi (captain), 5 Irné Hebst, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Tomas Baravalle, 1 Alberto De Marchi. 
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Marco Zanon, 23 Simone Rossi

Scarlets: 15 Johnny Mcnicholl, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Paul Asquith, 12 Steff Hughes (captain), 11 Ioan Nicholas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 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 Steve Cummins, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Corey Baldwin, 23 Tom Williams.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Andrea Piardi (Italy)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Source: @PRO14Official

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Cheetahs fall short in Cardiff

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 19:05

PRO14 REPORT: The Cheetahs suffered their sixth defeat of the 2017/2018 Pro14 season when they went down 20-25 to the Cardiff Blues in Cardiff on Saturday.

A scintillating performance from Nick Williams helped steer Cardiff to their first league win of 2018.

Williams crossed the whitewash following dot downs from Rey Lee-Lo and Ellis Jenkins as Cardiff moved back above Connacht.

This was the sixth defeat of the season for the Cheetahs and five of those have come away from the Free State Stadium.

In what was the first clash between the two sides in the Pro14, the Cheetahs made the perfect start thanks to the sheer power of Retshegofaditswe Nche.

The 22-year-old steamrollered through the Welsh outfit’s defence, holding off four players before sniping over by the posts.

But Danny Wilson would've been delighted with the immediate and incisive response his side made as Lee-Lo touched down.

The 30-year-old Samoan crashed over from short range after Aled Summerhill's superb break down the right hand side.

Six minutes later the Blues were in front as the hosts capitalised on a yellow card and dotted down thanks to the speedy Ellis Jenkins who collected the ball from the line-out to waltz over.

And a Jarrod Evans penalty helped extend the Blues advantage three minutes before the break.

The Blues came flying out of the blocks in the second period and a superb run from Rhun Williams carved apart the Cheetahs defence before being thwarted just before the line.

The Welsh faithful didn't have to wait long for a breakthrough as Williams powered his way over with a trademark burst to put nine points between the sides.

The Cheetahs looked down and out in the tie but finally showed signed of life in the 62nd minute as Uzair Cassiem crossed in the corner to bring the South Africans back to within a score.

Time was running out for the Cheetahs and the Blues extended their advantage with 10 minutes to go courtesy of another Evans penalty.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Lee-Lo, E Jenkins, N Williams
Cons: Evans 2
Pens: Evans 2

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Nche, Cassiem
Cons: Zeilinga 2
Pens: Zeilinga 2

Yellow card: Rynier Bernardo (Cheetahs, 27 - cynical play, slowing down the ball)

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 Seb Davies, 4 George Earle, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Josh Turnbull, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Dan Fish, 23 Ryan Edwards.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Sibhale Maxwano, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Malcolm Jaer.

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Rob Price (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

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Reynold Lee-Lo (21min), Ellis Jenkins (28min), and Nick Williams (59min)
TRIES
Retshegofaditswe Nche (7min) and Uzair Cassiem (63min)
Jarrod Evans (22min) and Jarrod Evans (61min)
CONVERSIONS
Fred Zeilinga (8min) and Fred Zeilinga (64min)
Jarrod Evans (40min) and Jarrod Evans (77min)
PENALTIES
Fred Zeilinga (18min) and Fred Zeilinga (44min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Reynier Bernardo (27min)
 
 
VENUE Cardiff Arms Park
REFEREE Ian Davies