There were two comfortable home wins for Edinburgh and champions Scarlets as Round 13 of the Guinness PRO14 got underway on Friday night.
Edinburgh scored five tries to get the better of the Southern Kings while Scarlets went over seven times against Welsh rivals Dragons.
What they said:
Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac: “Thirteen out of 15 points over the last 10 days was really important for us and we’re very pleased we’ve got that.
“We didn’t play well in all three games but we keep ourselves at the right end of the Conference. In the first half there were a lot of errors and very little ball-in-play time.
“The boys talked about that at half-time and how we could try and remedy it, I think we got a good run of possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half and got a run of tries in.”
Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman said: “It was a very tough night, when we picked the team we were pretty apprehensive about it.
“Every reasonable person understands that we don’t have much depth. In fairness, I thought that the youngsters did really well, it was the senior players who made more errors.
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill: “The Kings were tough for probably 25 minutes, we were a little bit sloppy in giving away penalties, but we got into our stride and in the end it was job well done.
“We should expect to win these games and put out a professional performance and we did that. Five tries on a really difficult night is nice to see.
“We played with good intent; we’re still making some errors and I’d like us to make better decisions when we make those line breaks, especially in difficult conditions.”
Top of the tweets
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) January 6, 2018
— John Barclay (@johnbarc86) January 5, 2018
Not perfect by a long way tonight but really pleased to get the bonus point win in rough conditions 💨🌨 Thanks to all the #blackandredarmy that braved the weather and came along to support! ⚫️🔴
— Nathan Fowles (@NathanFowles93) January 5, 2018
Nice getting things back on track tonight at Myerside with a bonus point in interesting conditions!! Congrats to @MarkSBBennett on the debut and an MOTM to top it off on his return! Thanks to the support for coming out in the hail for that one, see you next week 👍🏻⚫🔴
— Murray McCallum (@m4gnet_) January 5, 2018
— Dragons Rugby (@dragonsrugby) January 5, 2018
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