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Guinness PRO14 Friday wrap: Connacht and Ospreys claim bragging rights and Glasgow Warriors stay perfect

Connacht claimed their first victory over Irish provincial opposition in over a year when they downed Munster on Friday night, Glasgow Warriors made it seven from seven as they beat the Southern Kings and Ospreys took the bragging rights with a derby win over the Dragons.

  • The departing Simon Zebo crossed for Munster early but Tiernan O’Halloran crossed in the first half for the hosts
  • Andrew Conway saw red for the visitors on the hour mark and Tom Farrell’s fine solo score gave Connacht only their second win of the league season, 20-16
  • Stuart Hogg was one of seven try scorers for Glasgow Warriors in their 43-13 win over the Southern Kings
  • The South African side are still waiting for their first win in the Guinness PRO14
  • Ma’afu Fia crossed for a fourth try late on to claim a bonus-point 28-14 win for the Ospreys over the Dragons
  • That is the Ospreys first league win since the opening round back in September

What they said

Connacht centre Bundee Aki on the momentum his side are creating:

“It meant a lot for the boys tonight, a lot of people were writing us off at the start of the season.

“We started off slowly but it is picking up, we are slowly coming into our groove.

“Credit to Munster who kept coming until the 80th minute but we played our hearts out.

“There were a few mistakes but we have to re-group and focus on next week and the Cheetahs.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie on his side’s slow start against the Kings:

“I wasn’t happy at half-time. We were a little bit loose and gave the ball back too often.

“Eventually we got in the right part of the field. We were patient. I thought our big men up front did a good job.

“There was some good things tonight but we will have to lift ourselves for next week [against Leinster].”

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy on the importance of getting back to winning ways:

“We’ve been better in the last three games, but in fairness to the Dragons they came out and were really physical and defended pretty well.

“We were pretty patched up, haven’t done a lot of training this week but we ground it out and got a bonus-point win.

“There’s been a lot of emotional and physical energy expended over the last couple of weeks but it was very important that we got that win.”

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