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Five-try Glasgow Warriors prepare well for Champions Cup

Tough conditions can bring out the best in quality sides, and Glasgow certainly gave glimpses of how good they can be in their 31-7 win over Zebre in Parma on Saturday. A heavy pitch and a greasy ball made creative play difficult, but the Warriors showed some vintage touches in the first half before wrapping up the try bonus with more than half an hour to spare.

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Fraser Brown looks for a way past or through Zebre's Giosue Zilocchi and Giovanni Licata at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.  Photograph: Luca Sighinolfi/INPHO/Shutterstock

Zebre 7 - 31 Glasgow: Warriors earn their stripes in Italy

Glasgow may not have quite had their own way in this game as much as they did in their 50-0 home win over the Southern Kings a week earlier, but this was nonetheless a solid and significant league win to take into their Champions Cup campaign. The conditions in Parma were far less conducive to running rugby than they had been at Scotstoun, but Dave Rennie’s team played some pretty appealing stuff, wrapping up the try bonus with more than half an hour to spare.

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Ayr head coach Peter Murchie. Picture: SNS.

Super6: Meet the teams

AYRSHIRE BULLS

Scotland World Cup prop Gordon Reid has been the most high-profile Super 6 signing, and his capture enhances the Bulls’ status as pre-tournament favourites. Back-row Pete McCallum and stand-off Frazier Climo are among the key players from last year’s double-winning club team to join Peter Murchie’s squad. Scotland Under 20
 cap Ross Thompson is another to watch.

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Emphatic victory was real statement by Edinburgh

Edinburgh centre Matt Scott has hailed the team’s 46-7 win over Scarlets on Saturday night as a “statement victory”, and revealed that head coach Richard 
Cockerill needed some convincing before agreeing to adopt a more expansive style of play this season.

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Mark Bennett dives over for a first-half try in Edinburgh's thumping win over Scarlets at Murryafield. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Edinburgh 46-7 Scarlets: Duhan van der Merwe grabs hat-trick in rout

Edinburgh closed to within a point of Connacht and Munster at the top of Pro14 Conference B last night thanks to this comprehensive win over previously undefeated Scarlets. In what was easily the home team’s best display of the season to date, Duhan van der Merwe scored a hat-trick of tries, Mike Willemse claimed two, and Mark Bennett and debutant Eroni Sau also crossed.

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Nick Frisby is mobbed by team-mates after scoring Glasgow's second try against Cardiff. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Glasgow 17-13 Cardiff: Dave Rennie’s men hold on for ‘ugly win’

Glasgow were fortunate to hold on for a victory against Cardiff in this Pro14 cross-conference fixture, but after two defeats in a row, the sheer fact of the win was more important than the manner in which it was achieved. And at least, while still some way short of the form they would like to be in, the Warriors are improving, albeit in a patchy manner.

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Mark Bennett celebrates the second try of his hat-trick against Zebre. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

­Edinburgh 50-15 Zebre: Mark Bennett hat-trick restores some pride

After demoralising defeats by the national team and Glasgow Warriors in their first outings of the season, Edinburgh restored an element of pride to Scottish rugby with a solid start to their Guinness Pro14 campaign. Mark Bennett starred with three of his team’s seven tries, but above all this was a solid team effort, and once some early inconsistency was ironed out there was only ever going to be one winner.

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