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Leinster Fail to Win Third Pro 14 Game in a Row

Leinster lost to Glasgow on Saturday afternoon to make it two losses and a draw in their last three Pro 14 matches

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Leinster fell to a second defeat in three Pro 14 games as they were defeated 39-24 by Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday.

The result now means that in Leinster’s past three Pro 14 games they have lost two and drawn the other and that they head into next weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final with Toulouse on the back of a loss.

Leinster were hindered early on as they lost fly-half Ross Byrne to a fourth minute yellow card as he tackled Tommy Seymour without the ball. Adam Hastings got the visitors up and running with the penalty.

Despite the home side being a man down they decided to go for the corner with a penalty and were rewarded when Dave Kearney stepped inside Stuart Hogg to touch down out wide. Joe Tomane was unsuccessful with the conversion, but it pushed them 5-3 ahead.

Hastings knocked Glasgow back in front with a penalty moments later and their lead was increased when Ali Price broke through the defence and offloaded to Sam Johnson who scored the try. Hastings added the extras and suddenly it was 13-5 to Glasgow.

Leinster responded well and with four minutes to go until the half-time whistle Rob Kearney scored his first try for club or country in 53 appearances. Byrne slotted the conversion over and there was only a point between the sides.

However, Leinster failed to hold out until the whistle as Seymour was sent over by Hastings. He missed the conversion this time around, but it meant the score was 18-12 to the away team at half-time.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong were introduced for Leinster and made an immediate impact as Healy burst holes in the Glasgow defence before Rob Kearney got in for his second try. Byrne put Leinster ahead with the kick.

Things got better for Leinster as Jordan Larmour used his dancing feet to create space and Rob Kearney got through before passing to brother Dave for his second try of the game. The conversion was missed but Leinster held a 24-18 lead.

Leinster’s evening began to fall apart within a minute of the score as Furlong was forced off with a knee injury and a Matt Fagerson coverted try put Glasgow 25-24 ahead.

Zander Fagerson secured the bonus-point for Glasgow as he burrowed his way over and the Hastings kick made it 32-24.

George Horne finished the job for the visitors with a fifth and final try of the afternoon. Hastings was again perfect from the tee to make it 39-24 to Glasgow and that’s how it ended.

The positives from the match for Leinster were that the returning Robbie Henshaw and Devon Toner had very good showings and Leo Cullen confirmed that Johnny Sexton will be available for next weeks game.

They will have to wait however to discover the extent of Furlong’s knee injury.

The win means that Glasgow head into the final round of fixtures at the top of Conference A and in pole position for a home semi-final. On the other hand, Leinster will have to improve greatly if they are to progress from their Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse next Sunday.

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Ulster Rugby star suffers pre-season ACL tear

9 months out.

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Not the news that any Ulster fans want.

Another new signing struck down by injury before the season has even started.

Gareth Milasinovich who joined the province from Worcester Warriors was struck down in the last couple of weeks with an ACL tear that will see him on the sidelines for approximately 9 months.

Ulster Rugby fans have become accustomed to similar situations over the last number of seasons with many new exciting signings being struck down very early into their Ulster careers with ‘big’ injuries’.

Jared Payne ruptured an achilles tendon very early in his Ulster career and other big-name casualties include Marcel Coetzee and Jean Dysell who also suffered ACL injuries in their opening seasons with Ulster Rugby.

We wish Gareth a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him and the other new recruits at Ulster on the field really soon.

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Cheetahs Make Four More Signings

After announcing the arrival of Ruan Pienaar last week the Cheetahs have added a further four players to their squad for next season

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The Free State Cheetahs have confirmed the signings of four more players ahead of the 2019/20 PRO14 season. 

Only last week they announced the signing of veteran scrum-half Ruan Pienaar but he will be joined at the club by Rhyno Smith, Chris Massyn, Chris Smit and Wilmar Arnoldi.

Smith currently plays for the Sharks and is a utility back who was on loan with the Cheetahs last season but has now made his switch permanent with a three-year contract.

Massyn on the other hand is a loose forward most frequently used as a flanker. The 25-year-old led the University of Stellenbosch Maties to the 2019 Varsity Cup and has signed a two-year deal.

Smit also claimed victory in the 2019 Varsity Cup and was named player of the tournament before signing for Griquas. He plays as a centre usually but can also play at fly-half if needed and joins on a two-year contract.

Hooker Arnoldi is also coming in from Griquas on another two-year contract.

All four will join up with the squad after finishing the Currie Cup campaign with their respective provinces, but things are certainly looking on the up heading into the new season for the Cheetahs.

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Worcester Coach on the Move

Worcester Warriors head coach Rory Duncan could be set to leave the club very soon according to reports

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Worcester Warriors head coach Rory Duncan has been given permission to speak to other clubs according to reports in the Worcester News. 

The news outlet claim that they have been informed by the club that they do not see Duncan as a part of their future plans.

“The club has put in place a strategic plan for the future of Warriors. We do not envisage Rory Duncan being part of those plans and, therefore, we have given Rory permission to seek opportunities elsewhere,” a club spokesperson said

Duncan has impressed with stints at the Cheetahs and the Warriors, and a return to the Cheetahs looked to be on the cards until the club announced Hawies Fourie as their new coach.

However, the Southern Kings are currently looking for a new head coach and Duncan is among a four-man list of coaches being considered for the position, with Steve Jackson, Corniel van Zyl and Pieter de Villiers being the others.

Duncan has experience with the Kings having played two Currie Cup seasons with them before his retirement from playing.

Both the Warriors and the Kings open up their respective campaigns for the 2019/20 season in September and one would imagine they will want a quick resolution if he is to depart for South Africa once again.

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