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The RaboDirect Pro12 2012/13 season kicked off on Friday night with Welsh outfit Newport Gwent Dragons hosting tournament newcomers the Italian team Zebre. The Dragons slayed Zebre, outscoring the visitors by four tries to none.

There was a more successful start to the tournament for the other Italian side in the competition as Treviso managed to beat last season’s champions the Ospreys. Treviso are coached by former Springbok flyhalf Franco Smith and were captained by fellow South African Corniel van Zyl.

There was disappointment for Edinburgh who were at home in the final game of the weekend to Munster. Edinburgh lost in spite of outscoring Munster by three tries to two, this included a hat trick of tries for speedy winger Tim Visser. Former Free State prop WP Nel had a solid Pro12 debut for Edinburgh but was substitued in the 51st minute.

The total attendance for the weekend’s matches is given as  30626.

Full list of results
Fri 31 Aug 1900 Dragons 37-6 Zebre Rodney Parade
Fri 31 Aug 1905 Ulster 18-10 Glasgow Warriors Ravenhill
Fri 31 Aug 2005 Treviso 12-6 Ospreys Stadio di Monigo
Sat 1 Sep 1700 Connacht 9-13 Cardiff Blues Sportsgrouns
Sat 1 Sep 1830 Scarlets 45-20 Leinster Parc y Scarlets
Sat 1 Sep 2000 Edinburgh 18-23 Munster Murrayfield



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