Media Watch: Ulster stay perfect and Dragons deliver

Joe Leavey
24 November 2019

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It’s two down, four to play in the group stages as the Guinness PRO14 sides completed their first batch of European fixtures.

And it is Ulster who will perhaps be most satisfied with their work so far, after they opened up a two-point lead at the top of Pool 3 with an 18-13 victory over Clermont on Friday night.

Their second triumph in as many games, head coach Dan McFarland put this one down to a lightning-fast start that saw John Cooney’s penalty and Jordi Murphy’s converted try open a lead over last season’s Challenge Cup champions that they would not relinquish.

Irish rivals Leinster also kept up their perfect start to the campaign, squeezing past Lyon on the road as they keep up their bid to go one better than last season’s Champions Cup final defeat.

And on an afternoon that saw Johnny Sexton awarded man-of-the-match honours and several other World Cup returnees star, Leo Cullen believes that it’s only the beginning for an ever-improving side.

Elsewhere, there was a dramatic tie for Munster as they came from behind to draw 32-32 with Racing 92 at Thomond Park, a result that Johann van Graan has taken plenty of positives from.

While there was a fond return for a few familiar faces, with Simon Zebo in particular humbled by the response he received from the home faithful.

In the Challenge Cup it is the Dragons who can hold their heads high at the summit of Pool 1, one of only two sides in the competition that can boast a spotless start to their campaign after they sealed a second bonus-point win in as many weeks away at Enisei-STM.

A youthful side were 49-22 victors in Russia, and it was no surprise that Dean Ryan was left purring after his young charges’ performance.


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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