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Kings upset Warriors, Leinster batter Edinburgh

Martin Du Toit scores one of his two tries against Glasgow Warriors

Martin du Toit claimed a brace of tries as the Southern Kings inflicted a surprise first defeat of the Pro14 season on Glasgow Warriors and Leinster hammered Edinburgh on Saturday.

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Conference A leaders Glasgow arrived in Port Elizabeth with three wins out of three, but suffered a 38-28 defeat at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium after finding themselves 31-0 down early in the second half.

Du Toit touched crossed the whitewash in both halves, while Yaw Penxe, Rudi van Rooyen and Harlon Klaasen also dotted down in a first win of the season for the South African outfit.

Masixole Banda finished with a 13-point haul as the Kings pulled off a surprise win, with tries from Nick Grigg, DTH van der Merwe and Fraser Brown in vain for the Warriors.

Leinster top Conference B following a 31-7 bonus-point drubbing of Edinburgh in captain Johnny Sexton’s 150th appearance for the champions.

Ireland fly-half Sexton marked the occasion by scoring one of five tries – three of which he converted – for Leo Cullen’s rampant side, with Pierre Schoeman sent off for an Edinburgh side that sit bottom after he was deemed to have led with his elbow running into contact.

Connacht were 33-20 winners over the Scarlets, while the Dragons saw off Zebre 16-5 and the Ospreys beat Benetton Treviso 27-10.

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Jon 1 hours ago
How Maro Itoje terrorised the All Blacks lineout

Yeah England were much smarter, they put their much vaster experience to use in both the scrum (bending/not taking hit) and lineout (Itoje early sacks) law vagaries. Really though, I know what is there, I’m more worried about Englands locks. We only got to see Itoje and Martin, right? Depth allround in the England camp was probably the difference in the series and the drop off when Itoje reached his minutes limit for the season (it was like the plug was pulled from the charger) was up there with keeping Sexton on the park in that quarter final. What happened there? You have a lot of watching hours experience with locks come blindsides Nick, especially with a typical Australian player make up, have you see a six the size of Barrett absolutely dominate the position and his opposition? I can easily see Scott, and even Martin for that matter, moving to the blindside and playing like Tadgh Beirne with the amount of top locks we have coming through to partner Patrick. Still with the English mindset, because despite running the best All Black team I’ve seen in a long time close, they do need to find improvement, and although I thought they had a lot of good performances from their 7’s (over the years), I really like the prospect of Cunningham-South in his 8 spot and Earl on the open. Can you see Martin as mobile enough to take over Lawes? I absolutely loved his aggression when Jordie ran upto him to try and grab the ball. That alone is enough reason for me to try him there.

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