Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pro 14 Round 17 [part 3] review by Ciarán Duffy





You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Edinburgh 12 – 6 Munster
Two tries were enough to see Edinburgh solidify their place in a quest for a quarter final spot.  Munster opened the scoring with a penalty from JJ Hanrahan. Edinburgh went ahead just before halftime with a try from Duhan van der Merwe.  

In the second half Hanrahan got a second penalty as Jason Harris was shown a yellow card.  Van der Merwe got his second try despite Edinburgh being down a player, Jacob van der Walt kicked the conversion.  

Cardiff Blues 31 – 25 Benetton

Two penalties from Marty Banks had Benetton ahead before tries from Owen Lane and Olly Robinson, both converted by Jarrod Evans put the home side in front.  Benetton got their first try through Giorgio Bronzini, converted by Banks. Evans kicked a penalty for the Blues to see them lead 17 – 13 at halftime.

Both sides touched down within a minute of each other in the 2nd half, Ellis Jenkins for Cardiff, Evans converted, and Monty Ioane for Benetton, Ian McKinley adding the extras.  Cardiff extended their lead and secured the bonus point with a try from Nick Williams, Evans added the conversion.  Benetton would take a point from the game when Tomas Baravalle touched down late on.

Rescheduled Fixtures

Ulster – Glasgow will take place on the weekend on April 20th.  

Tables
Pos
Conference A
Pld
Pts
Wins
PD +/-
1
Glasgow Warriors
16
65
13
+218
2
Munster
17
54
10
+176
3
Toyota Cheetahs
17
47
9
+34
4
Cardiff Blues
17
42
9
-26
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
17
64
13
+245
2
Scarlets
17
61
12
+170
3
Edinburgh
17
55
12
+81
4
Ulster
16
46
9
+33
5
Benetton
17
40
8
-36
6
Dragons
17
17
2
-253
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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