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Leinster Maintain Perfect Start with Warriors Scalp

Leinster have made it seven wins from seven with another impressive performance away to Glasgow Warriors

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Leinster have continued their perfect start to the season with a 23-10 win over Glasgow Warriors at the Scotstoun Stadium last night.

Two tries from Cian Kelleher, along with a further 13-points from the boot of in-form Ross Byrne helped the Irish province past an early onslaught from the home side, who scored two tries through Ruaridh Jackson. 

Things couldn’t have started much better for the Scots as Leinster full-back Hugo Keenan was sent to the sin-bin for impeding Huw Jones during a try-scoring situation four minutes into the game. 

A man up and Glasgow made no mistake of punishing the boys in blue as they struck from the resulting penalty. A swift move from a line-out allowing Peter Horne to swing the ball out to Jackson, who dotted down in the corner. Horne couldn’t provide the extras, but it was a positive opening six minutes for the hosts. 

Minutes later and Horne had the chance to add three-points to the scoreboard, but was again missing his kicking radar with the penalty. 

That was not the case however for Byrne, who stepped up just before the quarter-hour mark to get Leinster up and running with a penalty kick. 

The game became filled with errors following that score, but it was Glasgow who extended their lead as Sam Johnson broke through the defence put Jackson through on the left-hand side for his second of the night. Horne failed from the tee once more to leave it at 10-3 after 25 minutes. 

Horne’s inaccuracy proved costly to the home side as Leinster came roaring back, showing some great attacking play as youngster Conor O’Brien made a break of his own before sending a lovely pass to Kelleher who went over for the try. Byrne slotted the conversion to make it an even game just after the half hour mark. 

Three minutes later and Leinster went in front as some more good attacking play allowed Kelleher to notch his team’s and his own second try of the game, which Byrne again converted to leave it at 17-10 come the interval. 

After the break Leinster never looked like giving up their lead and pushed further in front just before the clock struck 60 minutes as Byrne knocked over a penalty. 

The pressure that Leinster were putting on the Warriors forced errors from the hosts and with little under 10 minutes remaining Byrne all but ensured the win with another perfect penalty. 

Glasgow rallied on to the end and thought they had got over through Jackson once more only for the TMO to rule out the try and his hat-trick. They continued to push for a score that would at least hand them a losing bonus-point, but the away side held strong to record a 23-10 win, which is their first away to the Warriors in seven years. 

The victory makes it seven wins from seven in the PRO14 for Leinster at the start of the season and leaves them eight points clear of Ulster, who are in second-place in Conference A. While Glasgow fall further behind the play-off spots and are now six-points off third-placed Cheetahs in the conference. 

Next up for the Scottish side is a double-header in the Champions Cup against La Rochelle, with the away fixture next Saturday. While Leinster will look to make it three wins from three on the European stage when they head to Northampton on the same day. 

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Ulster to welcome 1,000 fans for Scarlets clash

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Ulster Rugby last night announced that 1,000 supporters will be welcomed to the Kingspan Stadium this weekend. Statement from Ulster Rugby below:

The doors of Kingspan Stadium will open to 1,000 supporters this weekend when Ulster Rugby welcome Scarlets in Round 7 of the Guinness PRO14 (Sunday 22 November, kick-off 7.35pm).

The Ulster Men have played behind closed doors since the opening game of the season against Benetton Rugby when the club successfully trialled the safe return of spectators following extensive consultation with the IRFU, Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Executive.

All 500 pairs of tickets will be made available to #TogetherUlster Members only via an online ballot process. Members who applied for tickets to the Benetton match but missed out due to limited availability will receive priority in the ballot.

Sunday night’s match will feature a mix of seating and terracing in operation across all four stands and the East Terrace. Tickets are again priced at £20 each, allocated in groups of two with two-metre physical distancing factored in.

The online ballot will be open for 24 hours from 1pm on Tuesday 17 November on the Ulster Rugby Ticket Account Manager, and account holders can apply for one pair of tickets per every Adult #TogetherUlster Membership held. All successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday evening once the ballot has closed and tickets have been allocated. Members will then have until 1pm on Thursday 19 November to confirm their ticket purchase and process payment.

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Bad news on the injury front for Munster back-rower

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Munster medical department have issued the latest player update with Liam Coombes, John Hodnett and Alex McHenry all ruled out due to respective injuries.

The young trio sustained knocks in different training sessions and will not be available for this weekend’s clash.

Alex McHenry underwent surgery for a thumb injury and will not be available for the coming weeks, while Liam Coombes has sustained a minor hamstring injury.

Unfortunately, it is a longer-term outlook for John Hodnett who sustained an achilles tendon injury.  The Academy back row will undergo surgery early next week before commencing his rehabilitation programme.

A fourth player is already self-isolating after returning a positive test result from Monday’s PCR testing.  The player remains well, and no other players have been identified as close contacts.

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Rea to win 50th cap v Cardiff

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Matty Rea is set to make his 50th Ulster appearance in the Guinness PRO14 Round 4 clash against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade on Monday (kick-off 6pm).

The 27-year-old Ballymena man made his Ulster debut against the Toyota Cheetahs in September 2017, and has already shown some excellent form this year when collecting the Player of the Match award in the season opener versus Benetton.

Rea will start at blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy being retained at openside and Nick Timoney coming in to start at number eight. Adam McBurney will make his first start this season at hooker and is joined in the front row by Eric O’Sullivan – who scored his first Ulster try last week – and Marty Moore. Alan O’Connor retains his starting berth in the second row, and will be partnered with Kieran Treadwell, who is also making his first start this season.

Billy Burns will make his return from injury to captain the side at fly-half, alongside John Cooney – who has been released from the Ireland Six Nations squad – at scrum-half.

Burns is one of four changes to the back line, with Stuart McCloskey also being released from international duties to start alongside Stewart Moore in midfield. Michael Lowry comes in to start at full-back, and he will be joined on the wings by Louis Ludik and the returning Craig Gilroy.

Luke Marshall is set to make his return from injury to make his first appearance this season as he is included among the replacements. Alby Mathewson and Academy back three prospect Ethan McIlroy will cover the backline along with Marshall. John Andrew, Jack McGrath, Ross Kane, Sam Carter, and Sean Reidy provide the forward options on the bench.

Ulster team to play Cardiff Blues, Guinness PRO14 Round 4, Monday 2 November 2020, at Rodney Parade (kick-off 6pm, live on Premier Sports):  

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