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GUINNESS PRO14 Saturday wrap: Glasgow and Benetton claim priceless wins

Glasgow Warriors and Benetton Rugby finished 2017 on a high as Round 12 of the Guinness PRO14 got off to an electric start.

The Warriors were superb in defence as they saw off Edinburgh Rugby 17-0, while Benetton Rugby produced a gritty display to do the double over Zebre.

Glorious Glasgow finish with a flourish

Glasgow enter 2018 full of promise and hope after they claimed their 11th win of the season against Edinburgh.

Richard Cockerill’s side ended Glasgow’s unbeaten start to the season just before Christmas but good sides get back on the horse quickly and that is exactly what Glasgow did.

Finn Russell was deadly from the tee and kicked 12 points before Lee Jones added gloss to the scoreline with a powerful late finish in the corner.

Head coach Dave Rennie was highly critical of his side following the defeat last week and it inspired a strong defensive display as they kept Edinburgh out.

Glasgow sit 16 points clear in Conference A, while Edinburgh stay fourth in Conference B.

Benetton scrape past Zebre

Benetton did the double over Zebre but they were made to work hard with a late Dean Budd try enough to see them win 20-16.

Carlo Canna slotted over an early penalty for Zebre and he and opposite kicker Marty Banks were the only scorers in a tense first half.

But Benetton broke through in the second period as Jayden Hayward dummied his way past the defence to dot down.

Zebre responded quickly as Canna found space and teed up Mattia Bellini to score under the posts.

But Budd won it, as he muscled his way through to score from close range.

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