PRO14 round-up: Wins for Munster, Leinster and Cardiff

PRO14 round-up: Wins for Munster, Leinster and Cardiff

Job done for Leinster in South Africa as Cullens men win 11-try shootout

Leinster extended their lead at the top of the Guinness Pro14 Conference B with a bonus-point win over the Southern Kings. 

Without a number of Ireland internationals in their ranks the champions scored five first-half tries to all but seal the victory. 

Bryan Byrne scored Leinsters only try of the second half before their South African hosts, rooted to the bottom of the table, scored two tries in the final 10 minutes.

Adam Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Dan Leavy and Max Deegan all touched down in the opening 40 minutes, with a penalty try contributing to a 33-12 lead. 

The visitors, without a number of their Ireland internationals, scored five tries in the opening half to take a 33-12 lead into the interval.

Leo Cullen's side could only add one more – from Bryan Byrne – after the break, while the hosts scored their fifth try of the day late on to claim two points of their own and move off the bottom of the table. 

Leinster secured a 38-31 bonus-point win at Southern Kings to extend their lead at the top of the Guinness PRO14 Conference B.

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Cape Town – Leinster have defeated the Southern Kings in a windy PRO14 encounter in Port Elizabeth with the South African franchise still only having managed one win this season.

Meanwhile, Gethin Jenkins brought the curtain down on his illustrious playing career in Cardiff Blues' convincing 37-0 victory over Zebre at the Arms Park.

Prop Jenkins, capped 129 times by Wales, came on in the 57th minute to make his 195th appearance for Blues, who scored five tries to pick up a valuable five points in the hotly-contested Conference A.

The Kings managed scores through Yaw Penxe, Stefan Ungerer (2) and Nicolaas Oosthuizen with Masixole Banda adding two conversions.

Rey Lee-Lo scored two and Tom Williams, Nick Williams and Kirby Myhill one apiece, with Steven Shingler adding two penalties and three conversions.

Tries: Adam Byrne, Penalty Try, Jamison Gibson-Park, Max Deegan, Dan Leavy, Bryan Byrne  

The win avenged Blues' shock 26-24 defeat at Zebre, but the hosts lacked any fluency behind the scrum where the likes of Willis Halaholo, Gareth Anscombe and Jarrod Evans were badly missed.

A POTENTIALLY TRICKY assignment negotiated with typical conviction, as a three-try salvo before the half-time interval ultimately decided this contest in Leinsters favour for a sixth straight Pro14 victory.

Leo Cullens side fell behind inside the opening exchanges in Port Elizabeth but rebounded strongly to tame the windy conditions and a Kings side who will rue their costly indiscipline. 

With two players in the bin, the hosts were powerless to prevent a Leinster surge late in the first period, as tries from Jamison Gibson-Park, Dan Leavy and Max Deegan stamped the provinces authority on the scoreboard.

Bryan Byrne added a sixth score for the defending Pro14 and European champions after the break and although the Kings refused to surrender, the final scoreboard suggests this top-versus-bottom round eight encounter was closer than it was.

A seventh win from their opening eight games sees Leinster extend their lead at the top of Conference B to nine points heading into the November break, the province in a strong position ahead of Ulster and Scarlets after the first block of fixtures.

Impressive here was the clinical edge they showed, particularly in those crucial minutes before the interval, with Deegans score off the back of a slick set-piece move the pick of the bunch.

But Cullen and Stuart Lancaster will no doubt be disappointed by the concession of five tries as the Kings kept pressing until the death and were rewarded with two late scores.

The South African hosts got off to a perfect start at the Madibaz Stadium as Yaw Penxe crashed over with just two minutes on the clock, but from there the first half belonged to Leinster.

Adam Byrne drew the visitors level in the far corner in the 15th minute after Noel Reid kicked in behind the Kings defence and Rory OLoughlin kept the ball alive, offloading for the winger to score his second try of the campaign.

The visitors continued to turn the screw and hammered home their advantage with a penalty try, before that three-try surge as Gibson-Park, Leavy and Deegan all crossed.  

Nevertheless, with a 33-12 buffer at the break, Leinster extended their lead shortly after the hour mark when replacement prop Byrne got in on the act but the Kings finished the game the stronger and moved within seven points on the scoreboard.

But Leinster had done all the hard work by that point, the Kings receiving five yellow cards in total throughout a madcap 80 minutes. Cullen will take the points and happily move on. 

Tries: Yaw Penxke, Stefan Ungerer [2], Mguca Lupumlo, Masixole BandaConversions: Masixole Banda [3 from 5]

Tries: Adam Byre, penalty try, Jamison Gibson-Park, Dan Leavy, Max Deegan, Bryan Byrne. Conversions: Noel Reid [3 from 6]

SOUTHERN KINGS: 15. Banda Masixole, 14. Makase Michael, 13. Klaasen Harlon, 12. Kruger Tertius, 11. Penxe Yaw, 10. Du Toit Martin, 9. Ungerer Stefan; 1. Ferreira Schalk, 2. Van Rooyen Alandre, 3. Forwood Justin, 4. Greeff Stephan, 5. Astle John-Charles (captain), 6. De Wit Stephan, 7. Burger Martinus, 8. Lerm Ruaan.

Replacements: 16. Balekile Tango, 17. Mguca Lupumlo, 18. Oosthuizen Nicolaas, 19. Van Schalkwyk Andries, 20. Velleman Cyril-John, 21. Masimla Godlen, 22. Klaasen Berton, 23. Rokoua Meli. 

LEINSTER: 15. Dave Kearney (Hugh OSullivan 73′), 14. Adam Byrne, 13. Rory OLoughlin (Tom Daly 29′), 12. Conor OBrien, 11. Joe Tomane (Ciaran Frawley 37′), 10. Noel Reid, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park; 1. Ed Byrne (Peter Dooley 53′), 2. James Tracy (Bryan Byrne 53′), 3. Michael Bent ( Vakh Abdaladze 65′), 4. Ross Molony, 5. Scott Fardy (captain) (Mick Kearney 62′), 6. Josh Murphy, 7. Dan Leavy, 8. Max Deegan (Caelan Doris 43′) 

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