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Guinness PRO14 Saturday wrap: Ulster edge past Southern Kings in 12-try thriller

Ulster denied Southern Kings their first victory of the season in a thrilling late comeback as Connacht made it two wins in a row with a triumph over Toyota Cheetahs on an action-packed Saturday in the Guinness PRO14.

  • Robbie Diack’s late try proved to be the difference as Ulster edged out Southern Kings in a thrilling encounter in South Africa.
  • Kings raced into a 22-10 lead but the province showed their class late on with two tries in the last 10 minutes to earn a bonus point victory.
    Blair Kinghorn inspired Edinburgh to a fifth straight victory in all competitions as they cruised past Ospreys 37-10.
  • Jason Tovey was ever reliable with the boot and went over after 54 minutes as he scored 22 points at Myreside.
  • Cardiff Blues put on a five-star display as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 37-8 victory over Zebre.
  • Lloyd Williams, Willis Halaholo, Matthew Rees, Matthew Morgan and Tom James all went over the whitewash at Adams Park to secure a bonus-point triumph for the hosts.
  • Niyi Adeolokun was the star of the show on his first appearance of the season as his superb try set Connacht on their way to victory over the Toyota Cheetahs.
  • The wing blitzed his way through the Cheetahs defence before Tom McCartney’s second half try ensured victory for Connacht.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson was delighted with his side’s victory:

“I was pleased with our professionalism, our ruthlessness and I think we respected them as well with the gameplan.

“They’ve been playing some good rugby and had some good results.

“A few senior players who were coming back that we’ve been waiting for a long time made a massive difference in terms of leadership and ruthlessness.

“Attack, defence and set piece were all functioning tonight, which gave us the important bonus point win.

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy added:

“We made a lot of changes this week and certain players didn’t step up. As a group we have to take it on the chin.

“Up until half-time I thought we were decent, but ultimately that second-half performance wasn’t good enough.

“We have no excuses. We came up here with what we felt was a strong team, but we didn’t perform in that second half.”

Ulster skipper Chris Henry revealed his relief to beat Southern Kings:

“It was pretty nerve-wracking. Especially after last week it was crucial we came here and got something. At one stage I thought we were going to lose it.

“It’s a big game for us to pick up five points and credit to the Kings, they came and played serious rugby and were feeding off the energy of the crowd.

“We disappointed that we didn’t perform to our best but we’re relieved to get the win. I think ultimately we had to take our chances. There’s a lot to work on. They were in our face and we have to be relieved that we got the job done.”

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