Leinster power on, Fitzgerald impresses and Munster slip up in South Africa

Miss any of the weekend’s Pro14 action? Catch up right here.

AWAY FROM THE World Cup, the first block of Guinness Pro14 action concluded over the weekend as Leinster, Ulster and Connacht all recorded impressive victories in round three, but Munster’s perfect start to the campaign ended in South Africa.

joe-tomane-salutes-the-crowd-after-the-game Joe Tomane celebrates Leinster's win over Edinburgh. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Leo Cullen’s Leinster continued their impressive early-season form with a third straight bonus-point win over Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday night, but they sit second behind the Cheetahs in Conference A.

The South African side have enjoyed a superb start to the season and after blowing Ulster away last week, put Munster to the sword in Bloemfontein on Friday evening to sit pretty at the top of their Conference. 

It was a disappointing way for Johann van Graan’s side to finish their two-game tour of South Africa, but Ulster did rebound strongly from their defeat at the hands of the Cheetahs with a big win over the Southern Kings on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Conor Fitzgerald inspired Connacht to an important away-day victory over the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday night to leave Andy Friend’s side second behind Scarlets in Conference B.

Highlights from all seven of the weekend’s games are available below.

Cheetahs 40-16 Munster

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Dragons 14-38 Connacht

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Leinster 40-14 Edinburgh

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Scarlets 54-10 Zebre

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Southern Kings 17-42 Ulster

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Glasgow Warriors 17-13 Cardiff Blues

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Ospreys 24-20 Benetton

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Ryan Bailey steps into the presenter’s chair where he’s joined by Murray Kinsella and Eoin Toolan on the line for Japan to tee up one of the biggest, if not the biggest week in Irish rugby: a World Cup quarter-final against back-to-back champions New Zealand.

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