Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Pro 14 Round 17 [part 1] review by Ciarán Duffy




Just two games survived Storm Emma this week, both taking place in South Africa.  Here’s a round-up of those two games with some information on the rescheduled fixtures.  Yes, I do still get paid the same amount.

Toyota Cheetahs 26 – 25 Connacht

Cheetahs won with a last-minute penalty as Connacht left South Africa with a losing bonus point when a win was in their hands.  Cheetahs opened the scoring with a try from Uzair Cassiem. Niel Marais converted, and then kicked a penalty. Matt Healy got over for Connacht, Jack Carty added the conversion.  Marais kicked a penalty either side of Matt Healys second try before Carty kicked a penalty late in the half. Cheetahs led 16 – 15 at the break.

Carty kicked a penalty to open the second half, before a try from Eoin Griffin, converted by Carty, had Connacht in control.  Rabs Maxwane got over for Cheetahs on the hour-mark, Marais converted. With a minute to go Marais kicked a late penalty to give Cheetahs the narrow victory.  

Southern Kings 45 – 13 Dragons

Southern Kings got their first ever Pro14 victory, with a try bonus point, over a young Dragons team.  Dragons took the lead with a penalty from Dorian Jones, who then touched down and converted his own try.  Luzoko Vulindlu got Kings on the board with a try, Kurt Coleman converting. Jones kicked another penalty for Dragons.  To close out the half Masixole Banda got a try, converted by Coleman.

In the second half it was all one-way traffic.  Vulindlu got hi second, before Ruaan Lerm got over the line.  Coleman converted both tries before adding a penalty. Anthony Volmink and Bobby de Wee both added to the try haul for Kings, Coleman added the extras on both occasions.  

Rescheduled Games
Scarlets – Leinster will now take place Friday 9th March at 19:35.  Edinburgh – Munster will be played Friday 16th March, kick off at 19:35.  Ulster – Glasgow Warriors will take place Friday 20th April.  

At time of writing Zebre – Ospreys and Cardiff Blues – Benetton are yet to be rescheduled.  Cardiff Blues are the only team out of those still involved in Europe.

Tables
Pos
Conference A
Pld
Pts
Wins
PD +/-
1
Glasgow Warriors
16
65
13
+218
2
Munster
16
53
10
+182
3
Toyota Cheetahs
17
47
9
+34
4
Cardiff Blues
16
37
8
-32
5
Connacht
17
33
6
-20
6
Ospreys
16
30
6
-112
7
Zebre
16
22
4
-119

Pos
Conference B
Pld
Pts
Wins
PD +/-
1
Leinster
16
62
13
+245
2
Scarlets
16
59
12
+170
3
Edinburgh
16
51
11
+75
4
Ulster
16
46
9
+33
5
Benetton
16
39
8
-30
6
Dragons
17
17
2
-252
7
Southern Kings
17
9
1
-391
Ciarán Duffy (@TheVoiceDepth) is a Leinster supporter and self-proclaimed ‘big cheese’ of Post To Post (@PostToPostSport).   He’ll write about anything rugby under the condition he gets to take it too seriously.
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