The third date of the United Rugby Championship began with the triumphs of Sharks and Ulster. Saturday kicked off with victories for Leinster, Dragons, Warriors and Bulls, while Edinburgh and Stormers tied 20-20.
OSPREYS 13-27 SHARKS (Friday)
The local team opened the scoring at 2 ‘with a penalty from Ascombe, something that would be repeated 14 minutes later, allowing the Ospreys to dominate throughout the first half. In addition, a Sharks try on the start was the beginning of the comeback, which included another one and two penalties for the South Africans.
ULSTER 28-8 BENETTON (Friday)
Benetton broke the zero with a penalty after seven minutes, however Ulster quickly woke up and produced a series of tries that allowed him to go to rest without major worries. The visit reached the ingoal of Ulster only once but the local responded with the final try that ensured their victory.
LEINSTER 43-7 ZEBRE (Saturday)
The Iraqi team attacked from the start with a try just one minute from the start. Zebre had difficulty generating play and Leinster managed to position himself in rival territory to reach the ingoal as many times as he could. The visit managed to pass half the court in the middle of the complement, when Bruno scored the only try for the Italians.
EDINBURGH 20-20 STORMERS (Saturday)
With rookie Ramiro Moyano among their starters, Edinburgh hosted Stormers in a duel that went stick to stick for the entire 80 minutes. The first to get ahead on the scoreboard was the locals, who went 14-0 in seven minutes thanks to tries from Graham and Vellascott. The answer, like the initial blow, was not long in coming and at 13, the match was 14-10. With two penalties for Edinburgh and a try and penalty for Stormers, the game reached the 20-20 complement, a result that would be maintained after a fierce second half that the only thing missing were points.
CONNACHT 22-35 DRAGONS (Saturday)
With Bertranou coming from the bench, Dragons scored a major away win, thanks to his precision in ball handling and his suffocating defense, which led to many handling errors by Connacht. This great performance by the visitors, who accumulate their second victory in the tournament, was more than demonstrated in the second half. After an even first half, Dragons managed to limit the incessant attack from Connacht, who always tried to play in opposite territory and managed to get three key tries to take the offensive bonus point.
CARDIFF BLUES 19-29 BULLS (Saturday)
In a thrilling match, the South African team achieved a major win after going into halftime losing 16-3. A dominant first half for the European team that suffered the severe injury of Josh Navidi, the starting winger for Wales. In the second half, Cardiff who failed to maintain their superiority and the Bulls who achieved an incredible comeback.
WARRIORS 13-9 LIONS (Saturday)
The local managed to get a very difficult victory against a South African team that knew how to defend very well, and where the weather conditions did not benefit the game that Warriors wanted to deploy. Despite their solid defense, the Lions fell asleep onto the court and suffered the only try of the game through the line and maul. The South Africans sought to come back but it was very uphill in the rain. With this victory Warriors get a streak of two wins and will face Zebre. On the other hand, the Lions will play against Ulster.