Here are some of the rugby stories making headlines on Sunday October 7.

Wales fears eased over Jenkins injury

Wales have received a boost after Wayne Pivac's concerns over Ellis Jenkins' fitness for the autumn opener with New Zealand in 13 days' time were eased.

Pivac appeared to have been dealt an early autumn scare when returning back-rower Jenkins, set to start in the number seven jersey in the Principality Stadium clash, limped out of Cardiff's United Rugby Championship victory over the Cell C Sharks.

Jenkins exited the Arms Park action on Saturday night after just 20 minutes, sparking fresh fears about his fitness just days after he had returned to the squad following a three year absence on the international stage.

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The dynamic openside has not played for his country since sustaining a bad knee injury at the end of a man of the match performance against South Africa in the autumn of 2018.

Wales are already missing Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi, Josh Macleod and James Davies in terms of openside options this autumn, so didn't want anything happening to Jenkins as well.

He appears pencilled in to start against New Zealand in a new-look back-row that also features Ross Moriarty and Aaron Wainwright.

Pivac will have been alarmed to see Jenkins leave the action so early in Cardiff's Saturday night clash.

However, Cardiff coach David Young played down fears over Jenkins' fitness for Wales, saying he was taken off as a precaution after a knock to the ribs.

"We thought we'd bring him off knowing what's in front of him," said Young.

"We had a sub on the bench and he was in pain. We brought him off as a precaution more than anything. He's still a bit sore and I'm sure he'll be sore for five to seven days.

"We don't expect it to be anything more than that."

That news will come as a boost to Pivac, with the Wales coach already short of opensides and with only Jenkins and Dragons' Taine Basham as the options at seven in the squad for the New Zealand clash.

Priestland's Pivac message as he boots Cardiff to victory

Rhys Priestland put down a marker for the Wales fly-half jersey against New Zealand as Cardiff got back to winning ways with their 23-17 victory over Cell C Sharks.

First-half tries from Matthew Morgan and Willis Halaholo, plus two second-half penalties from recent Wales recall man Priestland ensured they came out on top despite a second-half onslaught from the South African outfit.

Cardiff opened up a deserved 17-0 lead, although a Thomas du Toit try and Boeta Chamberlain penalty got the South Africans back in the game

But Cardiff displayed resilient defence and Priestland's marksmanship with the boot ensured they prevailed in the end.

He scored 13 points, made up of three penalties and two conversions, to send out a message to Wayne Pivac ahead of the autumn opener at the end of the month.

Priestland has not featured for Wales in four years, but will battle with Gareth Anscombe for the fly-half jersey at the Principality Stadium on October 30.

Anscombe is also returning to the Test arena after two and a half years out, although the Ospreys have urged caution over Wales expecting too much too soon following his knee surgery.

Dan Biggar and Callum Sheedy, the other 10s in Pivac's autumn squad, won't be released for the New Zealand game by their English clubs.

That makes it a straight shootout between Priestland and Anscombe and the Cardiff man will have done his chances no harm on Saturday night.

Scarlets are smashed

Leinster's forwards hogged all seven tries for themselves in a runaway 50-15 United Rugby Championship victory over the Scarlets.

Two slick scores from Johnny McNicholl and debutant Tomas Lezana kept Scarlets in the contest at 29-15, but Leinster powered home with closing tries from replacements Cian Healy and Dan Sheehan (2).

A late penalty try had given the hosts a 22-8 half-time lead, and Caelan Doris claimed the bonus point to add to earlier efforts from Ronan Kelleher and the excellent Andrew Porter.

Ospreys last-gasp drama

A late Stephen Myler penalty snatched a 29-26 victory for the Ospreys away to Benetton in a pulsating match.

A hectic 20-minute spell either side of half-time sent the Ospreys on their way to a bonus point victory - with Max Nagy and Ethan Roots crossing before the break and then Rhys Webb bagging a brace afterwards - only for Benetton to force a nervous finish with a stirring comeback.

However, Myler's penalty sealed victory despite the Ospreys being second-best for long periods in Treviso.

England injury worry

Luke Cowan-Dickie gave England cause for concern when he limped out of Exeter's 27-23 victory at Wasps after rolling his left ankle, with Eddie Jones announcing his squad for the autumn internationals on Monday.

Hooker Cowan-Dickie, who started England's last two Six Nations matches this year and two of the Lions' Tests in South Africa, was treated on the field for three minutes before leaving it unaided having landed hard on his left knee after a tackle and catching his ankle awkwardly.

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said the 28-year old would have his ankle protected by a moon boot before being assessed on Monday, adding that it was too early to say whether he would be fit for England's opener against Tonga at Twickenham next month.

"It was not good to see Luke coming off because he is as tough as they come," said Exeter's assistant coach Ali Hepher. "We do not know anything at the moment and we will see how it settles down after the weekend."

Exeter moved to third in the table with their third successive victory of the season, but they made hard work of it after talking a nine-point lead inside 25 minutes and looking comfortable.

Man of the match Sam Simmonds, who took his tally of tries to 10 in his last 10 Premiership matches, felt Exeter made it hard for themselves after taking the lead.

"We sat back, thinking it was easy, but we should have known this is a hard place to come after our last two visits here," the number eight said.

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