Guinness PRO14 takeaways: Edinburgh and Cardiff Blues come out on top

Charlie Peat
19 March 2018

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Two thrilling matches saw Cardiff Blues and Edinburgh Rugby emerge triumphant in the Guinness PRO14.

The Blues registered their fourth straight victory thanks to four tries against Benetton in the Welsh capital.

Meanwhile Duhan ven de Merwe stole the show for Edinburgh as they won 12-6 against Irish province Munster.

And as the dust settles on two more exciting Guinness PRO14 matches, we’ve picked out the key moments from each contest.

Edinburgh Rugby 12-6 Munster

  • Edinburgh Rugby appear to be hitting form at the right time. A 12-6 victory over Munster on Friday night was their fifth Guinness PRO14 success in a row and moves them nine points clear of fourth-placed Ulster with four rounds to go.
  • Duhan van der Merwe may have stolen the spotlight with a pair of tries but Dougie Fife produced the moment of the match with the breath-taking run that teed up his first-half score, a devastating play fit to grace any contest.
  • Munster remain second in the Conference A table but defeat to Edinburgh represented a third straight away loss, a sequence head coach Johann van Graan will be keen for his team to end as soon as possible as they look to wrap up qualification for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

Cardiff Blues 31-25 Benetton Rugby

  • Cardiff Blues are building momentum at just the right time. They kept their end-of-season play-off hopes alive by beating Benetton Rugby 31-25 for their fourth successive win in the PRO14, closing the gap on third-placed Cheetahs to just five points in Conference A. They also remain on course to seal a place in the Champions Cup for the first time in four years, moving nine points clear of fifth-placed Connacht.
  • Is there nothing Ellis Jenkins can’t do? Following injuries to Lloyd Williams and Tomos Williams, the Welsh flanker took over from fly-half Jarrod Evans as the makeshift scrum-half against Benetton Rugby on Friday night. Calling on his experience playing the position as a schoolboy, he saw out the final 18 minutes of the game at Arms Park and looked more than comfortable in the role, earning praise from head coach Danny Wilson.
  • While Benetton Rugby have now suffered back-to-back PRO14 defeats, they are still enjoying one of their best seasons since joining the league and remain in fifth place in Conference B. They rattled Blues in the early stages and continued to battle right until the end, gaining more metres (489) and completing more carries (52) than their hosts, before claiming a losing bonus point with Ian McKinley’s try in the final minute.

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