December 12, 2018, 8:07

Guinness PRO14 round-up: Victories for Connacht, Edinburgh and Ulster

Guinness PRO14 round-up: Victories for Connacht, Edinburgh and Ulster

Connacht, Edinburgh and Ulster all secured victories as the Guinness PRO14 resumed on Friday night.

Connacht 26-15 Ospreys

At the Sportsground Connacht ensured that Allen Clarke’s first Guinness PRO14 game in charge of the Ospreys ended in a 26-15 defeat.

Flanker Eoghan Masterson’s try on the stroke of half-time gave Kieran Keane’s men a 13-5 lead, as they looked to make it seven successive home wins in all competitions.

Apart from Dafydd Howells’ well-taken 18th-minute try, Connacht’s defence managed to frustrate Ospreys who had dominated first-half possession.

Ospreys coped well during Hanno Dirksen’s sin-bin period, Sam Davies swapping penalties with Connacht’s man of the match Craig Ronaldson, before tries at either end from Tom Farrell and Reuben Morgan-Williams. Ronaldson then sealed victory with his fourth penalty of the night.

Dragons 15-15 Glasgow Warriors

Conference A leaders Glasgow were forced to settle for a 15-15 draw after being held scoreless in the second half by Dragons at Rodney Parade.

The Warriors made light of their lengthy list of Scotland absentees to dominate after the break in Newport but they were unable to crack their hosts, who are struggling at the wrong end of Conference B in the Guinness PRO14.

Glasgow led 15-5 in the first half thanks to tries by Brandon Thomson and George Horne but they took their eye off the ball against a home side boosted by the return of Wales full-back Hallam Amos, who set up wing Jared Rosser to add to the home side’s opener from hooker Liam Belcher.

That saw the teams go into the interval level at 15-15, and that is the way the match finished as neither side could add to their respective tallies in the second period.

Edinburgh 29-24 Leinster

Mark Bennett scored a last-minute try to give Edinburgh a dramatic 29-24 win over Leinster at Myreside.

The match was poised at 22-24 before Bennett struck in the 79th minute and snatched victory away from the visiting outfit.

Leinster had held a narrow 19-17 lead at the break. Duhan Van Der Merwe moved Edinburgh back ahead approaching the 60-minute mark before Bary Daly struck four for the Irish province minutes later.

For the final score Bennett was on hand to collect a Jaco van der Walt kick and after a painful wait for confirmation, the try was given much to the delight of the home crowd.

Ulster 59-10 Southern Kings

At the Kingspan Stadium, Ulster were comfortable 59-10 victors over the Southern Kings and Joy Neville made history by becoming the first female official to referee a fixture in the tournament’s history.

Jono Gibbes’ maiden match in charge of the province saw them put nine tries on the board with Craig Gilroy securing a hat-trick and Rob Lyttle delivering a brace.

Scrum-half John Cooney finished his evening’s work with seven successful conversions as Stuart McCloskey, Johnny McPhillips, Kieran Treadwell and Darren Cave all crossed.

The Southern Kings’ only five-pointer was delivered by outside centre Berton Klaasen after 71 minutes.


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