Media Watch: Cheetahs make a statement as Ulster target response

Paul Eddison
12 October 2019

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The Toyota Cheetahs and Leinster march on, while Connacht underlined their status as a team to watch out for this season.

Round 3 is up and running and media watch has kept a close eye on everything that is happening around the Guinness PRO14.

We start in Bloemfontein, where else? The Cheetahs welcomed Conference B leaders Munster to town looking for a first-ever win over the men from Thomond Park, and boy did they get it!

They got six tries in all from six different try-scorers in a 40-16 success. As SA Rugby Magazine reported, it was the perfect send-off for departing coach Franco Smith.

Leinster, meanwhile, are also three from three as they put Edinburgh to the sword in Dublin. The 40-14 final scoreline does not tell the whole story, with Edinburgh leading until the final play of the first half. But Leinster are a formidable side when they get up a head of steam, and they did that in impressive fashion here according to The42.ie.

The final game on Friday night saw Connacht make it two wins from three as they handed Dean Ryan a defeat in his first game in charge at Rodney Parade. Conor Fitzgerald was the standout performer in the bonus-point success, named man of the match as he pulled the strings in a 38-14 win.

The action continues on Saturday with the Scarlets hosting Zebre and looking to join the Cheetahs and Leinster on three wins. They will be able to call on the services of a South African international, Juandre Kruger, as Wales Online reports.

Meanwhile down in South Africa the Isuzu Southern Kings host Ulster, with scrum-half Stefan Ungerer calling for the Kings backs to step up and take advantage of the platform being set for them.

They are up against an Ulster team who were well-beaten by the Cheetahs last time out, and Rob Herring has told the News Letter that there needs to be a big response.


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.

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