Guinness PRO14 Friday wrap: Home wins for Edinburgh and Scarlets

Andrew Lawton
06 January 2018

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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.

  • Mark Bennett earned the man of the match award in his first appearance for Edinburgh as they saw off Southern Kings 37-7 at Myreside.
  • Grant Gilchrist, Blair Kinghorn, Duhan van der Merwe, Cameron Fenton and Dougie Fife all crossed the try-line for the home side.
  • Ntabeni Dukisa scored the Kings only try in the 73rd minute in their first Guinness PRO14 game since the beginning of December.
  • The Scarlets recorded their 17th straight home win in the Guinness PRO14, dating back to September 2016, with a 47-13 triumph over the Dragons.
  • Rhys Patchell ran the show as James Davies, Tom Prydie and Dan Jones all dived over before the break while Aled Davies, Aaron Shingler, Will Boyde and Rhys Jones were on the scoresheet in the second half.
  • Sarel Pretorius dotted down a late consolation for the Dragons, who remain on just two Guinness PR014 victories for the season.

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.”

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