Scarlets 38-29 Benetton
Scarlets claimed a 38-29 come-from-behind victory over 14-man Benetton at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.
Tries from Kieran Fonotia, Johnny McNicholl, Ed Kennedy, Tom Prydie and a Gareth Davies brace proved too much for the visitors, who scored through Nicola Quaglio, Simone Ferrari, Monty Ioane and Tommaso Allan.
The away side actually led for the opening three quarters of the match, even though they had Irne Herbst red-carded in the 24th minute. But two tries in the final quarter from Scarlets prevented what would have been an embarrassing upset for the home side.
It was a helter-skelter start to the match as Davies, Quaglio, Fonotia and Ferrari all dotted down in the opening 15 minutes. Ioane and Allan scored after the break in quick succession but scores from McNicholl and Kennedy in the final quarter wrested back control of the tie before Prydie put the icing on the cake after the hooter with a late try.
Tries: Davies 2, Fonotia, McNicholl, Kennedy, Prydie
Cons: Halfpenny 4
Tries: Quaglio, Ferrari, Ioane, Allan
Cons: Allan 3
Red Card: Herbst
Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 James Davies, 6 Ed Kennedy, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens (c), 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 David Bulbring, 20 Dan Davis, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Paul Asquith, 23 Ioan Nichola
Benetton: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Ratuva Tavuyara, 13 Marco Zanon, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Robert Barbieri (c), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Nicola Quaglio
Replacements: 16 Engjel Makelara, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Antonio Rizzi, 23 Alberto Sgarbi
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Simon Mills (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)
Leinster 52-10 Dragons
Leinster claimed a comprehensive 52-10 victory over the Dragons at RDS Arena on Saturday.
Tries from Sean Cronin, Josh van der Flier, Jordan Larmour, Tadhg Furlong, Scott Fardy and a Jamison Gibson-Park brace proved too much for the visitors, who scored through a sole Jordan Williams score.
The Dragons did well to trail only 17-0 at half-time through Leinster tries from Cronin and Van der Flier. However, the floodgates would open in the second half as Gibson-Park (2), Larmour, Furlong and Fardy would all get themselves on the try column as the gulf in class between the sides was laid bare.
Johnny Sexton, meanwhile, would contribute 15 points from the tee in nothing more than a routine victory for the defending champions against a struggling Dragons outfit.
Tries: Cronin, Gibson-Park 2, Larmour, Furlong, Van der Flier, Fardy
Cons: Sexton 6, Reid
Yellow Card: Moriarty
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Max Deegan, 5 James Ryan, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Seán Cronin, 1 Ed Byrne
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Caelan Doris, 21 Hugh O’Sullivan, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Joe Tomane
Dragons: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Dafydd Howells, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Josh Lewis, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Cory Hill (c), 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Brok Harris,
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Brandon Nansen, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Arwel Robson, 23 Jarryd Sage
Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin
Kick-off: 17:15 BST (16:15 GMT)
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville (Ireland), Mark Patton (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)
Cheetahs 24-52 Glasgow Warriors
Free State Stadium
Glasgow Warriors made it three successive victories to start the 2018/19 campaign following an excellent triumph over the Cheetahs.
The Warriors started the match impressively, touching down in the first minute via Adam Hastings, but the South Africans hit back with scores from William Small-Smith and Malcolm Jaer.
Having struggled in the opening two matches, the Bloemfontein-based side were delighted to be back on home soil and, although Ali Price took the Scottish team back ahead once again, Nico Lee’s try meant that the hosts led 19-14 at the break.
Franco Smith’s men had the momentum but a yellow card for Jaer altered the course of the game in the second period. While the full-back was off the field, Tommy Seymour, Price and DTH van der Merwe all touched down.
It proved a hammer blow for the Cheetahs as, although Jaer returned to scamper over for his brace, Hastings’ penalty and Callum Gibbins’ try ended the game as a contest.
Glasgow were not done there, however, as George Horne crossed the whitewash to condemn the South Africans to their third consecutive defeat this season.
Tries: Small-Smith, Jaer 2, Lee
Cons: Janse van Rensburg, Schoeman
Yellow Card: Jaer
Tries: Hastings, Price 2, Seymour, Van der Merwe, Gibbins, Horne
Cons: Hastings 7
Yellow Card: Dunbar
Cheetahs: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (c), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais
Repacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Gunther van Rensburg, 19 Dennis Visser, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Marnus van der Merwe, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Ryno Eksteen
Glasgow: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Pete Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Matt Fagerson, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Nick Frisby, 23 Huw Jones
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Zebre 26-24 Cardiff Blues
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Zebre produced an outstanding comeback to overturn a 21-0 deficit and defeat the Cardiff Blues, leaving the Welsh region winless this season.
The Blues started superbly, crossing the whitewash three times in the opening 10 minutes through Olly Robinson, Kristian Dacey and Gareth Anscombe.
Anscombe converted all of them before the Italians hit back as Carlo Canna went over. That came in the first quarter, but the rest of the half saw less action with the Blues going into the break 21-7 ahead.
John Mulvihill’s team remained in control, however, and extended their buffer, meaning that Cardiff were 17 points in front going into the final quarter, but they were to be stunned by the hosts’ late show.
Zebre attempted to get back into the contest and Johan Meyer’s try gave them hope with 16 minutes left. Francois Brummer then touched down to increase the pressure on the visitors and Oliviero Fabiani completed a remarkable turnaround.
Tries: Canna, Meyer, Brummer, Fabiani
Cons: Canna 3
Tries: Robinson, Dacey, Anscombe
Cons: Anscombe 3
Zebre: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Jimmy Tuivaiti, 5 George Biagi (c), 4 David Sisi, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Massimo Ceciliani, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Daniele Rimpelli, 18 Giosué Zilocchi, 19 Apisai Tauyavuca, 20 Giovanni Licata, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Tommaso Castello
Cardiff: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Jason Harries, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Olly Robinson (c), 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 George Earle, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Brad Thyer
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Nick Williams, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Harri Millard
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jonny Erskine (Ireland), Matteo Liperini (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (Italy)