Glasgow Warriors secured a first win of the Pro14 season at the third attempt, while Scarlets continued their perfect start to the campaign on Saturday.

Last season's finalists Glasgow held off the challenge of Cardiff Blues 17-13 at Scotstoun, with early tries from Callum Gibbins and Nick Frisby proving decisive, as they put defeats to Cheetahs and Scarlets behind them.

Aled Summerhill's score on the break brought Cardiff back into it, but the Blues did not show enough in the second half to fight their way back into the game.

Scarlets crushed Zebre 54-10 in a bonus-point triumph in Llanelli that leaves them top of Conference B in the embryonic Pro14 standings.

Kieran Hardy and Johnny McNicholl each dotted down twice and Josh Macleod, Ryan Conbeer, Taylor Davies and Josh Helps all registered in the rout.

Ulster were a class above Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, John Cooney scoring two tries in an emphatic 42-17 victory for the Irish province.

Rounding out the action, hooker Sam Parry celebrated a hat-trick of tries as Ospreys overcame Benetton Treviso 24-20.

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.

Ronan Kelleher enjoyed a memorable outing in Leinster's 53-5 Pro14 demolition of the Ospreys.

The 21-year-old hooker ran in his first tries in senior rugby to end the match with a hat-trick.

Fergus McFadden and Joe Tomane also claimed first-half scores, with Max Deegan, Harry Byrne and Michael Milne on hand to pile on more misery.

Ross Byrne added 11 points with the boot, while Harry Byrne kicked a conversion of his own, with Luke Morgan's 72nd-minute try scant consolation for the visitors.

An early second-half flurry proved decisive for the Scarlets as they held off Glasgow Warriors to claim a thrilling 25-21 triumph – joining Leinster in starting the season with back-to-back wins.

Kieran Hardy, Paul Asquith and Steff Evans all crossed in the space of six minutes shortly after the break for the Welsh region.

Brandon Thomson had kicked the hosts into a 9-6 lead before the onslaught began and the fly-half was integral to the Glasgow response when he converted his 64th-minute try.

Thomson could not add the extras when Stafford McDowall went over from Huw Jones' wonderful off-load and the Scarlets held on to their four-point advantage under sustained late pressure.

Reigning Pro14 champions Leinster overcame stern resistance from Benetton Treviso to kick off the new campaign with a 32-27 win.

Dave Kearney's hat-trick helped the Irish province to a bonus-point victory in Italy, despite the visitors having several of their star names away at the Rugby World Cup.

Leinster raced into a 10-0 lead – Ross Byrne kicking a penalty and converting Adam Byrne's try – before Benetton came roaring back.

Derrick Appiah and Tomas Baravalle touched down in quick succession and Ian Keatley proved accurate with the boot to give Benetton the lead.

Kearney then took centre stage, scoring key tries just before the break and five minutes into the second half.

Another rally from the home side, during which Luca Sperandio crossed the whitewash, set up a tense finale but Kearney's converted try and a late penalty ensured a winning start for Leinster.

Munster, losing semi-finalists last season, were 39-9 bonus-point winners over the Dragons, while Cardiff Blues produced a second-half revival to defeat Southern Kings 31-27.

Elsewhere, Scarlets downed Connacht 18-10 and Edinburgh eased past Zebre 50-15.

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 Southern Kings have aborted their search for a new head coach amid confusion over the qualifications required for the role.

Deon Davids left the Pro14 franchise in June and the Southern Kings duly initiated a process to replace him.

Earlier this week, Loyiso Dotwana, chairman of the Southern Kings board, issued a statement in response to "widespread and largely inaccurate speculations in the media", in which he stated only one interviewed candidate had the required World Rugby Level 3 qualification.

A further statement from Dotwana on Friday revealed the search for a new coach has now been suspended, with Robbi Kempson taking interim charge of first-team affairs.

"The events of the past few days have convinced the GRC, the majority shareholder in the ISUZU Southern Kings, to accept the initial recommendation of the interviewing panel to abort the process of selecting a new head coach," read Dotwana's latest statement.

"The panel reported that they felt the process was undermined around the confusion of the World Rugby Level 3 certification. In addition, the persistent media leaks have further undermined the integrity of the process.

"In the interim, Robbi Kempson, will act as interim Head Coach until the position is filled. The GRC wishes to thank the candidates who showed interest in the position as well as the interviewing panel for their commitment and diligence."

A report in South Africa last weekend suggested former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers had been ruled out of contention as he did not possess the necessary qualifications.

This prompted an angry response from De Villiers, who insisted he attained the required credentials in 1997 and shared a document purporting to verify the matter.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has signed a contract extension with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Ospreys until June 2021.

The 33-year-old lock was named 2019 Six Nations Player of the Championship after leading Wales to their first Grand Slam in seven years – the third of his decorated career.

Jones had been linked with moves to Bath and Bristol but the British and Irish Lion has now provided clarity on his future beyond this year's World Cup.

"After serious consideration and taking stock of all options, it is the right decision for my career at this point in time, along with my personal ambitions on and off the field, my welfare and needs of my family," said Jones on social media.

"I'm grateful to have the opportunity to tell you directly, in particular to the Ospreys supporters and all those who have supported me during my career to date."

Jones has a total of 134 international caps – nine coming for the Lions as a three-time tourist in 2009, 2013 and 2017 – and is 15 shy of breaking the all-time record set by New Zealand great Richie McCaw.

"This announcement is a huge boost for Welsh rugby," said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips.

"Alun Wyn is hugely respected across the game and I'm delighted he has committed his future here in Wales and that he will be continuing to play for his hometown region.

"The extension allows the WRU and the Ospreys to continue working together with Alun Wyn to ensure he has the very best of environments to thrive in."

Jones will head to Switzerland this week to take part in Wales' first overseas pre-World Cup training camp, while his long-term commitment comes as a boost to Wayne Pivac – the incoming head coach due to take the reins after Japan 2019.

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