Having had to battle all the way in Treviso, Leinster were much more comfortable in dispatching the Ospreys, another man whose surname starts with K grabbing a hat-trick. This time it was hooker Ronan Kelleher (Julian Montoya is not the only hat-trick scoring hooker) who did the damage, and The42.ie reckon Leinster are already back to doing what they do best.
Getting his first, second and third senior try all in the space of 35 minutes, @ronank12 is the well-deserved Guinness Man of the Match 🏅
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 4, 2019
Meanwhile in Friday’s other game it was the Scarlets who handed Glasgow Warriors their second successive defeat to start the season.
The Brad Mooar era is off to a flyer, and it was the manner of their defence in the final minutes that really pleased the new man according to the Scarlets website.
💬”What a show of character. I thought our defence all evening was outstanding and created opportunities.”
— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) October 4, 2019
Glasgow, meanwhile, are still searching for a first win after two rounds of action, but despite the 25-21 defeat, Dave Rennie is staying upbeat. Speaking to Scrum magazine, he was pleased with the improved display, even if there was some frustrating and not being able to complete their comeback.
Elsewhere, the Irish Independent are wary of the Ian Keatley factor when Benetton travel to Connacht. Few know the Sportsground better than the Ireland fly-half, and with Benetton still smarting from their narrow loss to Leinster, Keatley will be crucial to their hopes of getting back on track.
Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!
General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.