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Connacht battled their way to a hard-fought 22-19 victory over a plucky Benetton outfit at Stadio Monigo in PRO14 action on Saturday.
Three PRO14 matches take place on Saturday with Zebre and Cardiff Blues closing out the action in the solitary game on Sunday.
Edinburgh claimed a late win at Ulster while there were also PRO14 triumphs for Glasgow, Zebre and the Ospreys in Friday’s four games.
There are four PRO14 games on Friday as Connacht, Ospreys, Glasgow and Ulster host Zebre, the Kings, Cheetahs and Edinburgh respectively.
Connacht duo Tiernan O’Halloran (hamstring) and lock Andrew Browne (shoulder) are both set to miss the next number of weeks with injury.
There were wins for Connacht, Ulster and Edinburgh while Dragons and Glasgow Warriors drew in the four PRO14 games taking place on Friday.
Connacht captain John Muldoon has announced that following 17 years with the province, he is to retire at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The qualifiers for the 2017/18 Challenge Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage have now been finalised.
Newcastle kicked off the Challenge Cup day with a 33-19 victory over Enisei-STM before London Irish edged out Krasny Yar 24-17 in Tbilisi.
There’s nine games taking place in the Challenge Cup on Saturday as the quarter-finalists are decided in the final round of the group stage.