PRO14: Leinster, Ulster maintain 100 per cent start

Irish provinces Leinster and Ulster maintained their 100 per cent starts to the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season as they crushed Edinburgh and Zebre on Monday night. Cardiff Blues also registered a victory at home against Benetton, ending a run of three straight losses.

Last Updated: 16/11/20 10:59pm

Dan Leavy was among the try scorers as Leinster crushed Edinburgh on Monday to seal their sixth bonus-point win in a row
Dan Leavy was among the try scorers as Leinster crushed Edinburgh on Monday to seal their sixth bonus-point win in a row

Recap all of Monday night’s Guinness PRO14 action as Leinster and Ulster maintained their 100 per cent starts in emphatic fashion, and Cardiff Blues won too…

Leinster 50-10 Edinburgh

Cian Kelleher claimed a second-half hat-trick in Leinster’s crushing 50-10 Guinness PRO14 victory over Edinburgh at the RDS.

It was a sixth straight bonus-point triumph for the Conference A leaders, who are one away from equalling the Championship record of seven.

Helping the hosts into a 26-3 lead, Dave Kearney, Luke McGrath (2) and Peter Dooley all dotted down during a fruitful 27-minute spell before half-time.

Edinburgh replacement Nic Groom tagged a final-quarter try onto Nathan Chamberlain’s penalty, but player-of-the-match Dan Leavy and wing Kelleher pushed Leinster’s try tally out to eight in the end.

Zebre 14-57 Ulster

Marcell Coetzee scored a first-half hat-trick for Ulster to set up a bruising 57-14 Guinness PRO14 victory at Zebre.

The South Africa international ran riot in the first 40 minutes and then added a fourth try after the break as the visitors consolidated second place in Pool A.

Coetzee’s fifth-minute opener, which was converted by Bill Johnston, was cancelled out by Antonio Rizzi for Zebre, but then Ulster put their foot down.

Coetzee crossed the line twice more either side of Stewart Moore’s try, with Johnston adding two conversions, to give the visitors an emphatic half-time lead.

Johnston added a try of his own after the break, with Luke Marshall, Coetzee, Ethan McIlroy and David Shanahan all touching down in a romp in Parma.

Cardiff Blues 22-5 Benetton

Cardiff Blues ended a run of three consecutive PRO14 defeats with a 22-5 victory over Benetton at Rodney Parade.

Tries from Rory Thornton, Ben Thomas and Owen Lane saw Blues pick up a much-needed win which saw them join Scarlets in second place in Conference B.

Jarrod Evans kicked a penalty and two conversions to ensure the Italians remain without a league win this season as they could only manage a consolation try from replacement Tomas Baravalle.

Source : Sky Sports