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Ulster leave it late to deny Treviso second away victory

Ulster’s Christian Lealiifano.

Christian Lealiifano kicked a crucial late conversion to give Ulster a dramatic 23-22 win and deny Benetton Treviso a second Pro14 victory of the season.


Before their win in Edinburgh in September, Treviso had not won on the road in the competition against a team other than Zebre since May 2013.

But they came agonisingly close to another shock result at the Kingspan Stadium, where an Andrew Trimble try two minutes from time set up Lealiifano to clinch a last-gasp triumph for Ulster.

The Italian side trailed 13-9 at half-time but rallied after the break to move into a 22-16 lead with the help of a Robert Barbieri touchdown.

However, Trimble and Lealiifano combined to deny the spirited visitors, although Leinster edged ahead of Ulster into second in Conference B thanks to a thumping 54-10 win against the Dragons.


The men from Newport moved into a 10-0 lead before conceding 54 unanswered points, Isa Nacewa scoring two of the victors’ tries.

In another clash between Welsh and Irish sides, Cardiff Blues held off a late Connacht charge to win 36-30 and climb above their visitors to fourth in Conference A.


The day’s early kick-off saw the Cheetahs strengthen their grip on third in Conference A with a 33-13 win against Edinburgh in Bloemfontein.


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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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