The Cheetahs and Leinster continued their flying starts to the Pro14 seasons with emphatic victories on Friday.

They both remain unbeaten in Conference A, the Cheetahs putting Munster to the sword with a 40-16 win while Leinster thrashed Edinburgh 40-14.

South African side the Cheetahs only led 12-9 at the break but a second-half blitz ended the game as a contest, with Rhyno Smith rounding off the win after Dan Goggin crossed for a consolation score for Munster.

Leinster trailed 7-5 just over half an hour into their match at the RDS Arena but scored 35 further points as they matched the Cheetahs in making it three bonus-point wins from three.

Munster's defeat allowed Connacht to go top of Conference B with a 38-14 defeat of the Dragons.

Anthony Volmink helped himself to a hat-trick as the Cheetahs hammered Ulster 63-26, while Munster and Edinburgh also made it two Pro14 wins out of two on Saturday.

Ulster scored nine tries in a Conference A rout in Bloemfontein, wing Volmink completing his treble early in the second half after crossing twice in the opening 40 minutes.

The Cheetahs held a commanding 28-7 advantage at the break after Rhyno Smith and Joseph Dweba also touched down.

Smith went over again five minutes into the second half, while Louis Fouche and Reinach Venter touched down before the home side were awarded a late penalty try. Ruan Pienaar scored 12 points from the tee against his former club.

James Hume, Dave Shanahan and Craig Gilroy finished at the other end, but Ulster were well beaten by then.

Munster had a much better day in South Africa, beating Southern Kings 31-20 courtesy of tries from Mike Haley, Alby Mathewson, Fineen Wycherley and Arno Botha, as well as 11 points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan.

Mark Bennett scored the winning try nine minutes from time in Edinburgh's 19-11 success at Cardiff Blues, while the Dragons and Connacht were also victorious.

The Cheetahs opened the new Pro14 season with an impressive win over Glasgow Warriors, while Ulster produced a dominant second-half display to down the Ospreys.

With the competition kicking off for the first time on South African soil, the returning Ruan Pienaar inspired the Cheetahs to a 48-14 triumph over last season's beaten finalists in Bloemfontein.

The former Springbok, back playing in his homeland after seven years overseas, scored the first of seven tries for his side and also kicked 13 points, helping the hosts run out resounding winners.

Rhyno Smith and Joseph Dweba both touched down twice as the Warriors were cut apart, Sias Koen rounding off a length-of-the-field break by the Cheetahs to cap an excellent performance.

In Friday's other fixture in the first round of the 2019-20 campaign, Ulster scored 17 points without reply after the break to run out comfortable 38-14 winners over the Ospreys.

The visitors led 8-0 early on but the first of two tries from Craig Gilroy - as well as Matt Faddes touching down on debut - helped overturn the deficit, with Ulster leading 21-14 at the break.

Gilroy completed his brace in the 50th minute to extend the advantage and the home team were also awarded a penalty try that saw Luke Morgan dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

John Cooney kicked four conversions and a penalty for Ulster, who next up face the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs raced away from the Lions and then held on for an ultimately nervy 31-28 Currie Cup triumph in Bloemfontein, earning their sixth title.

The two sides had finished level on points in the round-robin section of the competition but there was far more between them in Saturday's final.

A lively first 15 minutes saw Joseph Dweba's opening try for the Cheetahs cancelled out quickly by Wandisile Simelane after a smart Lions move.

But the Cheetahs accelerated as the first half wore on and led 31-7 by the break, scoring again through William Small-Smith, Clayton Blommetjies and Walt Steenkamp.

The Lions had completed a stunning comeback in the sides' previous meeting at the start of last month, but they left themselves just too much to do this time.

A flurry of late activity was kickstarted as Sintu Manjezi went into the sin bin after collapsing the maul, before James Venter and Dylan Smith each got through.

There was still time for Venter to score again, yet the deficit was too great and the Cheetahs held on while a scuffle saw Abongile Nonkontwana and Dillon Smit shown yellow cards.

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