Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: -2°C


Last year
# mcfarland in a far land
'Sometimes the altitude element is over-hyped, but the heat is very different for us'
A delighted Dan McFarland reacts to his side’s thrilling URC win against the Lions in South Africa.
# hard earned
Ulster survive late Lions onslaught for rare win in South Africa
The two sides shared 10 tries during a thrilling clash in Johannesburg.
# experience
Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn start for Cheetahs against Emerging Ireland
The young Irish side look set for their toughest challenge yet in South Africa.
# close affair
Emerging Ireland survive late scare to seal second win in South Africa
Simon Easterby’s side racked up a big early lead but were drawn into a battle in Bloemfontein.
# Underdogs
What can Emerging Ireland expect from the Pumas tomorrow?
The Nelspruit-based side are the reigning Currie Cup champions but have a new-look team.
# big win
Crowley impresses at 10 as Emerging Ireland hammer the Griquas
Simon Easterby’s side scored eight tries in their opening game in Bloemfontein.
# The Opposition
What can the Emerging Ireland team expect from the Griquas challenge in South Africa?
The Griquas have named seven debutants in their match-23 for the friendly game that forms part of the Toyota Challenge.
# Grind
'You can never doubt the fight and energy that we have within the group'
Connacht head coach Andy Friend insists his players will only get better after rare victory away in South Africa.
# Into the Lions Den
Connacht record fine win over Lions but hopes of making the play-offs are over
Connacht became just the second European team to win in South Africa this season.
# Ulster
Dan McFarland: 'I'm really proud of what we've done out here'
On Saturday Ulster suffered a 34-16 defeat at the hands of the Bulls.
Ulster fall to Bulls in game of two halves in Pretoria
The northern province head home without a win from their two-match tour to South Africa.
# humidity
'It was an incredibly hot day at Ellis Park' - Van Graan
Munster will arrive back in Ireland with just two points in the bank from their tour to South Africa in the United Rugby Championship.
# Altitude Sick
Lions pounce on tiring Munster with second-half comeback in Johannesburg
The hosts came from 14-0 down to score their biggest win in the URC to date.
# Report
14-man Bulls survive late Munster surge in Pretoria
Munster were defeated 29-24 in today’s URC encounter at Loftus Versfeld.
All time
# Steady Hand
Friend hails Carty's class after 14-man Connacht come through Kings test
The Roscommon man showed astute game management and also scored eight crucial points after the Kings had pulled level.
# too good
Composed 14-man Connacht outsmart the Kings
The Irish side were a player down for more than 80% of the game.
# pro14
Faddes finds a rhythm as six-try Ulster beat Kings
John Cooney’s 22-point haul helped Ulster coast to victory over the Kngs.
# too good
Cheetahs run riot to secure first-ever victory over Munster
The match at the Toyota Stadium was a scrappy affair during the first half, but it did spring to life in the second.
# Humbling
'We didn't represent our squad the way we should': Ulster hammered in South Africa
It was a tough night for Dan McFarland’s side.
# hattrick hero
Ulster thumped by Cheetahs on the road thanks to hat-trick from Volminkas
Dan McFarland’s side fell to a 63-26 defeat on Saturday night in Bloemfontein.
# pro14
Munster made to work hard for bonus-point win over the Kings
Johann van Graan’s men secured a good win in Port Elizabeth this afternoon.
# into the west
'Before coming to South Africa, we said that if we lose both games, we are dead'
Connacht’s South African double leaves them in a strong position to challenge for the Pro14 play-offs.
# Three Up
Connacht take their chances against Cheetahs for clean sweep of South African tour
Connacht win three straight Pro14 games for the first time since March 2017.
# pro14
'Mission accomplished' as JVG praises Munster's game management
The province head into the November break in high spirits after a hard-fought win in South Africa.
# pro14
Late Haley try earns Munster first away win of the season in Bloemfontein
Haley and Rory Scannell scored late on as Johann van Graan’s side recorded an important victory over the Cheetahs.
# Last Four
Munster reset and turn their focus to Racing after a successful South African tour
Johann van Graan’s side returned to Limerick after their two-week tour to begin preparations for Racing.
# big game hunters
A try within seconds and a long-range penalty: Conor Murray swings victory for Munster in Bloemfontein
Just over a week out from the Champions Cup semi-final, Munster showed dogged determination to beat the Cheetahs.
# Homecoming
'It was great being back, I remember coming to this stadium from the age of four'
Local boy CJ Stander relished the chance to play at Outeniqua Park yesterday, as Munster defeated the Southern Kings in the Pro14.
# Comeback kings
'It was a very good contest' - Van Graan satisfied with Munster's battling bonus-point win
Munster came from behind to defeat the Southern Kings in George on Saturday to book their place in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.
# pro14
'Like a morgue in there': Keane laments Connacht's missed opportunities in SA
The province went down to a last-minute defeat in South Africa yesterday evening.
# Cruel
Killer blow as Cheetahs edge Connacht at the death with last minute kick
A Niel Marais penalty in the last minute denied Connacht what looked set to be a historic victory in South Africa on Saturday.
# half a world away
'These are moments you can never get back': Muldoon determined to make final matches count
While the rest of the Pro14 schedule has been snowed under, Connacht will face a formidable task at altitude in Bloemfontein.
# On Tour
Leo Cullen bemoans Leinster discipline after big defeat to Cheetahs
The Irish province were well beaten last night.
# big scalp
Leinster beaten in South Africa as Cullen's men stunned by the Cheetahs
Barry Daly’s hat-trick was in vain as the hosts recorded a famous win.
# easy
Leinster power past Southern Kings in first-ever Pro14 clash on South African soil
Leo Cullen’s charges ran in five tries at a disappointingly empty Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.