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Guinness PRO14 Friday night wrap: Benetton and Dragons up and running

Friday saw a busy night of Guinness PRO14 action with a trio of matches and two sides getting their first wins of the season in Round Three.

  • Benetton Rugby came from 14-0 down to shock Edinburgh at Myreside, handing Richard Cockerill his first defeat of the season
  • After Chris Dean’s early double, Benetton came back with Angelo Esposito crossing twice to earn a 20-17 win despite two yellow cards late on
  • Dragons also opened their account with a convincing win over Connacht, giving Bernard Jackman his first success in charge
  • Hallam Amos and Elliot Dee both crossed in the first half of the 21-8 success at Rodney Parade
  • In the battle of two unbeaten sides at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster and Scarlets played out a thriller, with the home side eventually coming away with a 27-20 win
  • Having led early, Ulster were pegged back by Scarlets tries from Johnny McNicholl and Jonathan Davies, but Paul Andrew’s try five minutes from time gave Les Kiss’s side the win

What they said:

After Ulster’s win, Les Kiss explained that captain Chris Henry had taken the lead in paying tribute to centre Nevin Spence, who passed away five years ago in a farming accident:

“It was managed well by Chris Henry. I thought in terms of placing it in its right context and letting it come out the way it should in what we say and feel and do, and the way that the boys kept fighting was indicative of what Nev would have wanted, and it’s a credit to the boys.”

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill admitted his side made too many errors to come away with a third straight win of the season:

“If you are inaccurate, don’t look after the ball and don’t give the opposition the respect you should, then you get unstuck and that’s exactly what happened. We were too sloppy.”

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman was thrilled to see his team get a first win of the season:

“In the first half we looked really dangerous, the pack gave us momentum and we asked questions of Connacht, and that’s what you need to do at home.
“You need to go after the game and can’t defend for 80 minutes, and thankfully we got a lead and closed it out.”

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