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Lealiifano earns Ulster dramatic draw, Warriors thrash Blues

Christian Lealiifano scored a last-gasp try to salvage a 32-32 draw for Ulster at the Dragons and Glasgow Warriors maintained their 100 per cent Pro14 record by thrashing 14-man Cardiff Blues on Friday.

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Ashton Hewitt’s second try of the game three minutes from time looked to be decisive in a thriller at Rodney Parade, but Ulster refused to accept defeat.

Lealiifano had the final say, the fly-half going over right at the end for a try which he was unable to convert, ensuring it was honours even to leave Ulster four points behind Conference B leaders the Scarlets.

Ulster led 27-15 with only 14 minutes to play after Craig Gilroy helped himself to a double, but three tries in the space of 11 minutes from Liam Belcher, Angus O’Brien and Hewitt turned the game in the Dragons’ favour until Lealiifano struck.

Glasgow have now won 10 out of 10 in the competition after seeing off the Blues 40-16 at Scotstoun.

The runaway Conference A leaders scored six tries in a one-sided encounter and were given a big helping hand by Taufa’ao Filise, red-carded only 29 minutes in for a dangerous high tackle on George Turner.

Sam Johnson and Alex Dunbar went over in the first half, with Ruaridh Jackson, Samuela Vunisa, Leo Sarto and Nikola Matawalu scoring five-pointers in the second as the Warriors claimed another bonus-point win.

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The Southern Kings’ wait for a first win in the competition goes on after Sam Hidalgo-Clyne came off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick in Edinburgh’s 48-21 success at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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