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Guinness PRO14: Friday wrap Warriors march on as Cheetahs enjoy home comforts

There were four games of Guinness PRO14 action on Friday night with the Toyota Cheetahs making it three in a row, Glasgow Warriors extending their perfect start and the Scarlets and Leinster also winning.

  • The Cheetahs made it three straight home victories as they ran in six tries in a 44-25 success over the Ospreys
  • Makazole Mapimpi and Torsten van Jaarsveld scored two tries apiece to take their tallies for the season to five moving to the top of the Guinness PRO14 try-scoring charts
  • Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin missed the game after being bitten by a lion while on safari
  • The Scarlets came out on top in a thrilling encounter with Connacht, beating them 36-27 at Parc y Scarlets
  • Leigh Halfpenny scored 16 points including a try as the Scarlets claimed a bonus point, although Connacht scored four tries of their own including a double for Cian Kelleher
  • Jamison Gibson-Park’s second-half try proved decisive as Leinster edged past Edinburgh 21-13
  • Jordi Murphy and Joey Carbery had crossed in the first half, with Jason Tovey scoring all of Edinburgh’s points
  • Glasgow Warriors are now five from five after they got the better of Benetton Rugby 37-21 at Scotstoun
  • Peter Horne finished with 17 points including one of their four tries, with Sam Johnson going over with the final play to secure the bonus point

What they said:

Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie was impressed by the character shown by his team:

“We wanted to grab the full five points, but we knew we’d have to fight for it. Treviso have been excellent over the past few weeks, so we got what we expected from them.

“I thought we should have maybe kicked a bit more to try and negate their line speed. When we did that, we profited, but we’ll have learnt from that tonight. A lack of discipline late on gave them a chance to put us in the corner and it’s important we work on that before next week, because the Cheetahs are very strong in that area.”

Leinster director of rugby Leo Cullen was happy with the result if not the performance of his team against Edinburgh:

“We were inaccurate across the board, but it’s a win.

“I was concerned with the preparation going into it, a lot of players coming back in for first a game against a team who have played five or six, it’s concerning. Nothing beats playing.”

Scarlets winger Steff Evans was man of the match against Connacht but admitted his side have to tighten up their defence:

“It was frustrating for us, our attacking game was as good as it’s been but when your defensive game isn’t up to scratch it makes it more difficult. Our defence wasn’t up to much.”

Ospreys coach Steve Tandy struggled to see the funny side of Scott Baldwin’s injury:

“There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion.

“He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.

“It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky. It had nothing to do with where we were. It was a good environment and we were told how far back to stand.

“I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten. It’s probably one of the silliest things I’ve even been involved in, but thankfully he is okay and hopefully he will be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.”

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