What a weekend of Pro 14 Rugby. Truly showed that on their day any team can break the form book. I would have expected Leinster to travel to South Africa and get a huge win. Maybe even the bonus point win. Instead they left the Cheetahs battered and bruised. The Cheetahs have started to turn around their initial start and have started to produce. 54-39 victory against Zebre last week and now a 38-19 victory against one of the leagues top four teams. Leinster won comfortably last week against a Kings side which is definitely struggling.
Warriors played Munster at Scotstoun this weekend and put 37 past them. Munster replied with 10. Connaught were at home to Cardiff Blues. The Sportsground is never a nice ground to play at with the wicked Atlantic winds. The game went both ways until the Cardiff lads secured a two point victory and ran out 15-17 victors.
In Belfast a much changed team took on Dragons. A bonus point for Ulster was secured in 20 minutes. A feisty game with plenty of handbags. Ulster's youth shone through and although the attack seems pretty secure Ulster will worry about their defence. Ulster's academy player Nick Timoney was man of the match with two try's. The Ulsterman, a gifted sevens player, turned Dragons defence in on themselves and scored a brilliant try from the Dragons 22. Ulster lacking most of the big names ran out convincing 52-25 winners.
Treviso hosted arguably the strongest Welsh region in Ospreys in Italy. I'm not a statistic nerd but the made 90% of all tackles attempted. This was a difficult game for the Ospreys who seemed to lack invention. They couldn't break down the green and white wall and went down 16-6. A war of attrition.
Scarlets hosted Edinburgh. With a big name couch in Richard Cockrill more was expected from Edinburgh this year. Rizzo was sent off for the visitors. This lack of discipline will no doubt upset Cockers. The noisy neighbours in Glasgow seem to have developed a style and one can only hope that Edinburgh do as well, and soon. Rhys Patchell is the future of Welsh coveted 10 jersey. He scored a try and converted all four. If he's not in your fantasy team he should be!
The woes at Kings continue. This week smashed by the famously weakest side in our old league. The Zebra demolition of Kings was unexpected but in hindsight thoroughly deserved. A 43-17 victory in South Africa is their first win this season. Maybe I was wrong about relegation, maybe.
The Irish provinces are still waiting for their Lions to be allowed fully back. Ian Henderson got 15 minutes on Friday to dust off the cobwebs.
The season is well under way and is no way predictable.