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Ulster extend Kings' drought, Tovey leads Edinburgh past Ospreys

By Iain Strachan
Sean Reidy playing for Ulster

Southern Kings remain winless in Pro14 after succumbing to a second-half onslaught from Ulster, who won 43-36 in South Africa on Saturday.

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The visitors trailed 22-10 at the break in Port Elizabeth, where Berton Klaasen, Yaw Penxe and Michael Makase all crossed for the former Super Rugby franchise.

There were further tries for both Klaasen and Penxe after the break, but it was not enough to prevent a rampant Ulster from overpowering their hosts.

Sean Reidy and John Andrew both scored in the first half to keep Ulster in touch and the away team came to life in the second half.

Andrew crossed again and was joined by John Cooney, Andrew Trimble, Clive Ross and Robbie Diack in claiming tries to secure the victory and leave Kings bottom of Group B after eight matches.

 

Edinburgh are fourth in the group, five points behind second-placed Ulster, after dispatching Ospreys 37-10.

Welshman Jason Tovey dominated the encounter for Edinburgh against his compatriots, scoring one try, converting four and sending over three penalties, as the visitors were held scoreless in the second half.

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In the other matches on Saturday, tries from Niyi Adeolokun and Tom McCartney helped Connacht see off the visiting Cheetahs 23-15 to record their fourth victory in succession in all competitions.

Cardiff Blues, meanwhile, ran in five tries at home to beat Zebre 37-8.

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Shaylen 9 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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