Ulster and Glasgow Warriors both claimed victories on Saturday to keep themselves in pole position for a place in the Pro14 play-off quarter-finals.

Second in Conference A, Ulster bounced back from an away defeat at Ospreys last time out as they ran out 20-10 winners over Cheetahs.

Tries from Tom O'Toole and Robert Baloucoune proved enough for Ulster to claim their eighth win of the season and maintain their unbeaten run at home in all competitions this campaign.

Clayton Blommetjies drove over for Cheetahs with 15 minutes remaining, but the visitors did not have enough to set up a grandstand finish.

Glasgow, meanwhile, moved up to third in Conference A with a 30-19 comeback victory over Dragons, who took the lead through a Rhodri Williams try in the first minute.

The Warriors swiftly hit back via Tim Swinson and Grant Stewart to take a 10-point lead into the break.

Williams got his second for Dragons while Stewart doubled his tally for the home side and Huw Jones secured the bonus point after being dropped by Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend.

Ashton Hewitt's try brought Dragons back into contention but Mesu Dolokoto's late score made sure of a third straight win for Glasgow.

Luke Price booted the Ospreys to a stunning 26-24 victory over Ulster and Leinster maintained their 100 per cent Pro14 record by defeating the Cheetahs on Saturday.

The Ospreys had only one Pro14 victory to their name in the competition against Benetton Treviso back in October, but doubled their tally with a shock success as Storm Dennis battered Swansea.

Ulster, second in Conference A behind Leinster, came from 23-10 down to take a one-point lead courtesy of tries from Matt Faddes and Stuart McCloskey, Bill Johnston converting both scores in the space of nine minutes.

Scott Otten had scored a try in each half for the home side after Owen Watkin's five-pointer, but they looked set for more agony until Price split the posts with his third penalty of the match five minutes from time to lift the gloom.

The Leinster juggernaut rolled on at the RDS Arena, where Will Connors grabbed a double and there were also tries for Michael Bent, Ronan Kelleher and Rhys Ruddock in a commanding 36-12 victory.

Luan de Bruin and Aidon Davis crossed for the Cheetahs, third in Conference A, but they were soundly beaten by the defending champions.

Edinburgh completed a double over the Scarlets with a 14-9 win in Llanelli to return to the summit of Conference B, Duhan van der Merwe and Matt Scott scoring the only tries.

Connacht thumped Cardiff Blues 29-0, while the encounter between the Dragons and Treviso, due to be played at Rodney Parade, was called off due to the extreme weather conditions. 

The Cheetahs heaped further misery on struggling Southern Kings on Saturday, triumphing 45-0 at Toyota Stadium to make it back-to-back Pro14 wins over their South African rivals.

Joseph Dweba crossed twice as the Cheetahs ran in seven tries against opponents who are stuck firmly at the bottom of Pro14's Conference B with just seven points to their name.

They had prevailed in a tense finish in the previous round, clinching a last-gasp 31-30 victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

However, there was no drama in the return fixture in Bloemfontein.

Dweba's brace sandwiched a try for Chris Massyn in the first half, with Jasper Wiese then securing the bonus point by touching down in the 56th minute.

The Kings crumbled in the closing stages too, not aided by Elrigh Louw spending 10 minutes in the sin bin, with Clayton Blommetjies, Rhyno Smith and Louis Fouche all going over amid the late carnage.

An incredible finish to Saturday's Pro14 game saw Rhyno Smith's late double lift Cheetahs to a stunning 31-30 win at rivals Southern Kings.

The two South African sides clashed at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and, for much of the contest, the struggling Kings looked certain to claim their first derby win.

Bader Pretorius, who also kicked three conversions and three penalties, Stefan Ungerer and JT Jackson crossed for the home side.

Kings' lead was a handsome 30-17 with just six minutes remaining, but a remarkable late show from Rhyno Smith proved their undoing – the Cheetahs star crossing in the 76th and 81st minutes.

Replacement scrum-half Ruan Pienaar still had to keep his cool with the conversions, but his second successful kick clinched an improbable victory.

George North opened the scoring for Ospreys on his return from injury on Saturday, but a dramatic finish saw Dragons come out on top in their Pro14 derby clash.

Wales wing North had been out of action since rupturing his hamstring in the Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to South Africa in October.

He was fit to start and play 79 minutes for struggling Ospreys, yet his eventual departure came amid a thrilling stretch in which Dragons claimed a 25-18 victory.

North dotted down after 19 minutes following Scott Williams' kick and, although Leon Brown responded in style, Ospreys were in control again as Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler scored in the second half.

They remained in front until the 74th minute, but Rio Dyer's try brought Dragons back into the match, and Adam Warren went over with two minutes remaining to settle it.

Defeat leaves Ospreys still bottom of Conference A with just one win in 10 matches.

Fellow strugglers Zebre found some form at home to Cheetahs.

Charlie Walker scored a pair of tries in a 41-13 success, just Zebre's second of the campaign.

At the other end of the table, Leinster equalled their best ever start to a season with a 10th straight win, defeating Connacht 54-7.

Max Deegan and Garry Ringrose each scored twice, with the table-topping Irish province crossing eight times in all in another dominant victory.

Elsewhere, George Horne went over twice and brother Pete also got on the scoresheet as Glasgow Warriors ran in six tries to claim a 38-19 bonus-point win at Benetton.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh took full advantage of Pieter Scholtz's early dismissal to rout Southern Kings 61-13.

Scholtz saw red for contact to the neck in the 13th minute, and Edinburgh, who trailed at that point, scored the first of their nine tries a minute later in a handsome victory.

Glasgow Warriors were unable to exact a measure of revenge for their defeat to Leinster in last season's Pro14 final as the Irish province recorded their first win at Scotstoun in seven years.

Leinster beat Glasgow 18-15 at Celtic Park in May and the defending champions made it seven wins from seven to start the new campaign thanks to a 23-10 success.

They fell 10-3 behind as Ruaridh Jackson took advantage of Hugo Keenan's fourth-minute yellow card with a brace, though neither try was converted.

Cian Kelleher scored a pair of tries himself before the interval and as well as adding the extras on both occasions, Ross Byrne slotted over three penalties.

Glasgow could not even claim a losing bonus point as Leinster kept their hosts out during 31 phases of play at the end of the game.

Jason Harries' 81st-minute try earned Cardiff Blues a thrilling 31-28 victory over Benetton Treviso.

Treviso led for much of the contest but only one of their four tries was converted whereas the quartet of Cardiff scores each had the extras added to them.

Connacht kept up the pressure on Conference B leaders Munster with a 24-12 victory over Southern Kings, while Conference A's bottom side Zebre claimed their first win of the season, a 39-12 thrashing of the Dragons.

Elsewhere, the Cheetahs claimed their fourth victory of the season, overcoming the Ospreys 18-13.

Andrew Conway marked his return from the Rugby World Cup in real style as he delivered a decisive try in Munster's 22-16 Pro14 win over Ulster.

Conway, a member of Ireland's squad in Japan, scoring three World Cup tries, was back in club action for Conference B leaders Munster on Saturday.

His side had been in control at the break, leading 15-6 thanks to tries from CJ Stander and Rory Scannell, but an Ulster fightback had them in front by a point with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Then Conway stepped up and burst through the centre of the Ulster team, tearing away from a pair of attempted tackles from recovering defenders to dot down for the winner.

Munster had beaten Cardiff Blues in Conway's absence last week, but the Welsh side ended a four-match losing run against Cheetahs.

An action-packed encounter saw four cards, with Cheetahs reduced to 14 men after just 14 minutes as Jasper Wiese was dismissed with dangerous play.

Fourteen points from the boot of Jarrod Evans, who ended the match in the sin bin, proved the difference in a 30-17 success.

Scott van Breda was similarly influential as Southern Kings got their first victory of the season, winning 16-14 at Ospreys thanks to the full-back's 11 points.

Zebre remain winless, though, after going down 31-7 to Glasgow Warriors, with George Horne scoring twice.

Scarlets edged out Benetton 20-17 in the late game after Dan Jones dispatched a penalty with the last kick of the match.

Scarlets bounced back from their thrashing at the hands of Edinburgh to beat Cheetahs 17-13 in the Pro14 on Saturday.

Tries from Steff Evans and Kieran Hardy, allied to seven points from the boot of Dan Jones, saw the hosts seal a narrow triumph in sodden conditions at Parc y Scarlets.

It marked a spirited response to their 46-7 drubbing against Edinburgh last weekend. 

The South African side took the lead through Tian Meyer's early try but Evans – making his 100th appearance for the club – and Hardy touched down before the interval to tip the balance in Scarlets' favour.

Second-half penalties from Tian Schoeman and Ruan Pienaar set up a tense finale, but Jones had the final say from the tee.

Connacht matched Scarlets in making it four wins from five after defeating Ospreys 20-10 away from home, while Edinburgh were brought back down to earth in a narrow 18-16 loss at Benetton Treviso.

The final game of the day saw Cardiff Blues suffer a fourth defeat in a row as last season's semi-finalists Munster wrapped up a 33-23 bonus-point triumph in Wales.

Leinster made it four wins from four in Pro14 as they consigned Zebre to a fourth straight defeat, but they had to settle for a 3-0 margin of victory on Saturday.

Top defeated bottom in Conference A, but there was surprisingly little between the two sides as Zebre earned a losing bonus point in testing conditions in Parma.

The Italian side were much improved from their previous losses, conceding at least 50 points in each of them, yet had no answer to Ross Byrne's 20th-minute penalty.

Leinster are now the only team with a 100 per cent record, after Scarlets' winning start was ended in comprehensive fashion by Edinburgh.

Duhan van der Merwe scored a hat-trick of tries and Mike Willemse grabbed another two as the Scottish outfit crushed Scarlets 46-7.

Connacht sit top of Conference B after edging out Cheetahs 24-22 in a dramatic finish.

Cheetahs centre Dries Swanepoel was sent off with 10 minutes remaining and his side 22-14 up, watching on as Tom Farrell subsequently crossed twice to steal victory.

Zebre are not alone with four defeats from four, as Southern Kings were beaten again, going down 36-30 to Benetton - the victors breaking their own duck.

In the only other match of the day, Dragons eased past Glasgow Warriors, who did not get on the scoresheet until the final minute of an 18-5 reverse.

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