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Guinness PRO14: Friday wrap Warriors stay unbeaten with victory over Leinster

Glasgow Warriors stormed past Leinster for their sixth bonus-point win of the season, Munster cruised to a comfortable win over Dragons while Scarlets edge to a nervy win over Benetton Rugby in Conference B.

  • Niko Matawalu inspired Glasgow Warriors to a madcap 31-21 win over Leinster at Scotstoun, extending their winning Conference A run to eight games – the second longest in their history.
  • Leinster, shorn of 14 Irish internationals, struck first through Jamison Gibson-Park but braces from George Horne and Nick Grigg had the bonus point in the bag by the 28th minute before Matawalu’s fine solo run to set up Grigg’s hat-trick.
  • A sell-out Cork crowd saw Munster slay the Dragons 49-6, their seven-try romp a perfect send off for coach Rassie Erasmus in his final game at the club.
  • The South African, set to be succeeded by fellow countryman Johann van Graan, saw Munster’s record try scorer Simon Zebo run in his 57th try to keep them second in Conference A.
  • Three further final quarter snipes, with replacement Sam Arnold notching twice and Kevin O’Bryne also crossing, ensured Dragons’ wait for a win in the Irish province enters its 13th year.
  • You would hardly have known Wales stand-off Rhys Patchell had been away on international duty given debutant Dan Jones’ display that saw him bag 15 of Scarlets’ points in their 20-8 defeat of Benetton.
  • Wayne Pivac’s men led 13-3 at the break – all points from the boot of Jones – but it took a try from Scott Williams to seal the spoils and keep the Welsh side top of Conference B.

WHAT THEY SAID

JJ Hanrahan, who kicked seven Munster conversions in Erasmus’ farewell, sung the outgoing coach’s praises.

“In my view, Rassie and Jacques (Nienaber, assistant) are two of the best coaches I’ve had or seen in action,” he said.

“You read about coaches as players, you hear about them but being in this environment with them was unbelievable.

“I’ve learned so much, I’ve just been like a sponge for the last couple of weeks or months and it’s sad to see them go but it’s a great opportunity for them.

“They’re on to better things where their careers want to go so happy for them and great to get the opportunity.”

Glasgow Head Coach David Rennie is delighted his side’s outstanding form has fed higher expectations from the Scotstoun support.

“There’s an expectation. We’re not so much focused on winning the game, the quality of performance and so on, but we’re trying to drive an expectation at the club,” he said.

“We expect to get a positive result and so do our supporters. That’s what drives getting the little things right, and I was pleased with how we prepared this week.

“I thought Callum Gibbins and the boys did a great job of driving things while our international boys are away, too, so hats off to them.”

Rassie Erasmus couldn’t hide his emotions at leaving Munster after a highly successful 18 months as leader of the Irish province.

“I’ve learned a hell of a lot, on the field and off the field,” he said.

“You’ve got supporters here that are really intense and support you right through tough times.

“Then personally, just what happened the last year off the field was also a humbling life-changing experience, a lot of things that I’ve learned about ourselves and family.

“It’s tough to leave a club that’s been awesome to us. It’s sad but everyone has just been supportive.”

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