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Guinness PRO14 Friday night wrap: Glasgow Warriors, Munster and Ulster triumph

The race for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series continued to intensify on Friday night as Glasgow Warriors, Munster and Ulster all picked up crucial wins.

The Warriors and Munster secured their places in the semi-finals with victories over Connacht and Toyota Cheetahs respectively.

Elsewhere, Ulster produced a hard-fought victory over Ospreys at the Kingspan – a late Jacob Stockdale try securing a win which keeps them in the Final Series hunt.

  • A first-half blitz from Glasgow Warriors helped the Scots to a four-try victory over Connacht, winning 35-22 to secure top spot in Conference A of the Guinness PRO14.
  • Connacht got off to a superb start when Finlay Bealham rumbled over after just one minute but first-half dot downs from Stuart Hogg, Alex Dunbar and Fraser Brown put the hosts in control.
  • Henry Pyrgos for the Warriors four before a penalty try and Caolin Blade gave the visitors some consolation.
  • Conor Murray produced a humongous penalty and dotted down to help Munster come back and down Toyota Cheetahs 19-17 in Bloemfontein.
  • The Cheetahs had lost only once at home before the match and tries from Clayton Blommetjies and Tian Meyer had the hosts on the way to another victory.
  • But Murray inspired the Irish province as he crossed the whitewash and kicked the crucial penalty meaning Munster will finish second in Conference A.
  • Jacob Stockdale scored a late try as Ulster halted Ospreys’ fine run with an 8-0 win at the Kingspan.
  • John Cooney’s penalty looked like it would make the difference before Stockdale’s interception and try moments from the end confirmed Ulster’s second victory in a row.

What they said:

Toyota Cheetahs’ Oupa Mohoje said: “It was a tough game but we expected it. Despite the wet weather conditions the guys played well, we were just unlucky with the result. Munster had a lot of experience that came off the bench.

“They played really well, you’ve got to give credit to them, especially in these conditions. The first half we were great, we were very confident, we should have taken the confidence into the second half, but it’s something to work on.”

Munster captain Peter Mahony added: It was very intense, two quality teams, you could see it was a big physical match, there was a lot of confrontation. It was an enjoyable game and it was close right to the end, we’re very happy to come away from here with a win because it’s a tough place to come.

“We knew if we held onto the ball we’d put them under a little bit of pressure and we did that in the second half. I’m very proud of the lads’ effort.”

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