Guinness PRO14: Saturday wrap Munster bounce back as Zebre stun Ulster

Andrew Lawton
01 October 2017

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Three Guinness PRO14 games on Saturday saw a trio of home wins as Munster got back to winning ways, Zebre stunned Ulster and Dragons saw off Southern Kings.

  • Munster secured a try bonus point in their 39-16 win over Cardiff Blues as British & Irish Lion Conor Murray marked his return with a score.
  • JJ Hanrahan dotted down twice for the hosts at Thomond Park with John Ryan and Robin Copeland also getting over the whitewash.
  • Ulster’s perfect start to the new Guinness PRO14 season came to an end in Italy as Zebre came from 13-6 down at half-time to win 27-23 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
  • Giovanni Licata, Mattia Bellini and Renato Giammarioli all crossed in 24 second-half minutes with Carlo Canna and Marcello Violi adding the conversions.
  • Darren Cave’s late try for Ulster earned the visitors a losing bonus point but they’re now two points behind Conference B leaders Scarlets.
  • Elliott Dee and Hallam Amos scored two tries each as Dragons earned their second win of the season against South African side Southern Kings at Rodney Parade.
  • Gavin Henson kicked three conversions and a penalty for the Dragons with Anidisa Ntsila going over for the Kings’ only try of the evening.

What They Said

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman wants to see his side be more clinical:

“I think we missed a massive opportunity in the second half to show that we are ruthless and have a killer instinct,” said the former Ireland hooker.

“We didn’t have that, which is disappointing. It’s a work-on for us, at least we are going to win and learn.

“We are happy with the result but I just think we could have given the crowd a really big display; we did some nice parts but didn’t play for 80 minutes and that is frustrating.”

Rassie Erasmus is facing a tricky selection dilemma at fly-half:

“We’ve got options at 10, definitely. Ian Keatley played really well, controlled the game well. We know what Tyler (Bleyendaal) can do.

“We felt during the first half we were making the same mistakes that we made against Glasgow, what Cardiff really do well is if you start playing in your own half.

“When we got out of our half in the second half, we didn’t concede a point in that period.”

Ulster boss Les Kiss credited Zebre for an impressive win in Italy:

“I have to take my hat off to Zebre, they were coming off the line hard, really putting pressure on our skill sets and they profited from that.

“They were a team very spirited today and it’s disappointing we didn’t match that. We weren’t accurate enough at the right times and energy seemed to not be there.”

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