An incredible 35 tries were scored on a bumper day of Guinness PRO14 action yesterday, which saw a stirring comeback in Italy and three closely contested derbies.
Glasgow Warriors continue to set the trend after they emerged from Zebre with the points, while there were also handsome wins from Leinster and Munster.
What they said:
Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson said: “First half we played reasonably well and gave ourselves an opportunity.
“For 25 minutes after half time I thought we were poor. Ospreys owned field position, possession and we were just constantly defending and couldn’t put a foot right, if I’m honest, for 25 minutes and I think that took its toll.
“And then we go up the other end and score two tries and get ourselves back in the game. I’m proud of the effort to do that.
“Brutal honesty – if we had won it, it would not have reflected the game.”
Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie said: “We scored a couple of excellent tries out wide and a couple of nice set piece ones too. The big men gave us a lot of go forward in that first half and I thought we were reasonably clinical.
“We fell off a few tackles in the second half and spent a long period in our end of the field but we scrambled pretty well.
“To get five points over here is a good result. Zebre are a good side, they like to offload and a huge number of offloads stuck for them today.
“Their ability to keep the ball alive was excellent and they asked some real questions of us. They play a good brand of footy but I’m happy with the way we stood up there.”
Leinster’s Leo Cullen said: “I think every team is tested at this time of year, particularly coming off these three big provincial games over Christmas so it was important to rotate our squad.
“It has been a great squad effort and we’re delighted to get three wins. It sets us up well now obviously going back into two big European games.”
Top of the tweets
— Ospreys (@ospreys) January 7, 2018
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 6, 2018
Leinster are great to watch. Statement of the obvious but not one a Corkman often makes. #LEIvULS
— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) January 6, 2018
— Lee McKenzie (@LeeMcKenzieTV) January 6, 2018
Owen Lane is a proper player. Superb display again. #OSPvCBL
— Stephen Matthews (@SteveMatt40) January 6, 2018
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