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Guinness PRO12: Round-up of New Year’s fixtures

It was an all-Welsh affair on New Year’s Day in the Guinness PRO12, with Ospreys winning without conceding at Newport Gwent Dragons, while Scarlets battled to a narrow victory over Cardiff Blues to keep up the pressure on the sides at the top of the table. The day before, there were wins for Munster and Leinster, while both Scottish clubs enjoyed wins on Italian soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about the New Year’s round of Guinness PRO12 fixtures

  • Steff Evans and Scott Williams tries helped Scarlets overcome Cardiff Blues
  • Willis Halaholo crossed for Cardiff, but it was not enough to prevent a 15-10 loss
  • Justin Tipuric’s try and the boot of Dan Biggar give Ospreys a 10-0 victory over Newport
  • Ospreys’ seventh straight win in all competitions keeps up the pressure on Guinness PRO12 leaders Munster
  • Munster defeated an injury-hit Connacht to stay top of the Guinness PRO12 going into 2017
  • Leinster comfortably beat Ulster in second Irish derby of the weekend
  • A late Rory Clegg try secured a bonus point victory for Glasgow Warriors over Benetton Treviso
  • Zebre remain bottom after home loss to Edinburgh, who ended a run of three defeats on the spin

Nicky Robinson says Cardiff Blues lack a cutting edge

“In the second half there were chances but there’s little things in games we’re just not turning into tries and we need to learn those lessons.

“It hurts at the moment but we have to keep learning and moving forward because there’s a huge amount of positives.”

Steve Tandy on Ospreys’ on grinding out a win in tough conditions

“The boys ground out the win and we were defensively spot on. It was only 10-0 but I think we were pretty much in control.

“In fairness, once the game was given the thumbs up the boys focused in on the game and it shows their appetite for work and defence. It wasn’t pretty at times.”

Leinster’s Leo Cullen insists his side will not lose focus

“We have to focus on what’s next, and what’s next is Zebre and after that we’re into Europe, which is two huge games.

“This time of year there’s chopping and changing. You have to deal with players coming in and out. But we know it’s there, so there are certain things we can manage better, but we’re pleased to get a win.

Wayne Pivac “relieved” at Scarlets victory

“When you look back at those Toulon matches it has taken a bit of a toll, we’ve picked up a few injuries.

“We backed the squad and rested a couple of guys aswell so that we could have some fresher bodies for Ulster as well as this game tonight.

“We got through it and really pleased really.”

Gregor Townsend delighted with Stuart Hogg performance

“Stuart was great,” said Townsend. “Especially his goal kicking, a 100 per cent record in his first game as our first-choice goal kicker is fantastic.

“His intercept try was excellent, to go the length of the field when an international winger is chasing you shows just how quick he is.

“It will be a game for him to grow as a rugby player. He will have more understanding of the depth you need at first receiver, the decisions you have to make and the time you have on the ball.”

Munster battle past Connacht

Late drama as Glasgow Warriors defeat Benetton Treviso

Ospreys keep up good form with victory over Newport Gwent Dragons

Warburton on Blues’ defeat

 

Try scorer Evans named man of the match

 

Rock solid Ospreys

Try scorer Halaholo urges his side to be more clinical

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