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Final

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 20-10 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Murrayfield - Saturday 28 May 2016
KO: 17:30 HT: 15-0 Att: 34,550

Connacht Leinster Guinness PRO12 Rugby Final 2016

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…

Connacht v ‪Leinster KO is almost upon us in Edinburgh  
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster Prior to KO we have a moments silence for Devin Toners father
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 0m Sexton kicks us off and the final is underway in sunny Edinburgh
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 1m Leinster in possession in the Connacht 22 already
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 1m Sexton playing running rugby, passing through the hands
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster1m Ball stolen by Connacht but its knocked on, scrum to Leinster
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 3m Scrum goes well for both sides but Leinster come away with it
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 3m Sexton sends the ball high, falls to Dave Kearney 
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 4m Kearney is bundled to touch so lineout to Connacht
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 4m Connacht take possession from the lineout, passed back to MacGinty
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 5m MacGinty sends it long and hands Leinster a lineout
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 6m Cleared by Marmion following a knock forward 
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 7m Connacht make a great break through Matt Healy, kicked forward...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 7m But he cannot gather his own kick and it’s taken to touch by Leinster
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 8m Connacht are pushing for the line here just 5m out
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 8m They have lost it forward Leinster have the advantage
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 9m Leinster are choosing to run this rather than kick it clear
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 9m Just as I say that Sexton kicks clear to Healy 
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 10m Leinster back in possession on the Connacht 10m line
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 11m Sexton sends it high but it is knocked on in the air, Connacht ball
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 11m Scrum to Connacht deep in their own half 
Connacht 0-0 ‪Leinster 12m Connacht making another break through Matt Healy who passes to O'Halloran  
Connacht 5-0 ‪Leinster 13m And O'Halloran is over for the 1st try of the game.
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 14m Try converted by MacGinty 
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 15m Connacht have the momentum here, Rob Kearney knocks on, scrum green 
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 15m Aki is causing all kinds of problems for the Leinster defence.
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 16m Clock stopped as we have an injury, it sounds like a head knock
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 16m Matt Kearney is replaced by Triggs as Kearney goes for an HIA
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 16m Connacht in possession through Henshaw 
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 17m It is all Connacht at the moment, making ground through Aki
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 17m Henshaw puts a bit too much on his kick and can't chase it
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 18m Sexton takes the 22 drop out and O'Halloran takes it
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 19m Leinster have a vital turn over as Aki makes strides to the line
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 20m Turn over sent to touch, Connacht take the lineout well
Connacht 7-0 ‪Leinster 20m Leinster send it high and Connacht take possession again,
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 21m Passed through the hands and ends up with Adeolokun who crosses the line  
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 22m If you blinked you would have missed that try!
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 23m Conversion missed and Connacht back in possession deep in own half 
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 34m Aki looks for an offload but Dave Kearney gets a foot to it
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 24m Connacht manage to retain possession 
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 25m Adeolokun gets his hands on it and breaks away again
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 25m What is in the water in Connacht? They are making great breaks
Connacht 12-0 ‪Leinster 26m First penalty of the game given to Connacht who go for posts
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 27m MacGinty slots over the penalty and adds 3 more points to the board
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 27m Sexton with the restart straight to the hands of Muldoon
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 28m Leinster in possession through Sexton on Connacht 10m line
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 29m Leinster lose the ball in the tackle, scrum to Connacht
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 29m Leinster have a man down, I can't see from here who it is
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 29m It was Fitzgerald who was down injured but he is up & about now 
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 29m Connacht in possession from the scrum but they lose the ball in a tackle  
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 30m Sexton just getting some treatment after a knock in the breakdown
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 30m Scrum to Leinster gathered by Sexton who takes a huge hit from Aki
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 31m Huge hits from Connacht but Leinster retain possession
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 31m Not for long as they give away a penalty 
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 32m Penalty kicked to touch by MacGinty deep into the Leinster half
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 33m Connacht make an error and give away a scrum
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 35m And Leinster get the penalty from the scrum 
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 35m Another handling error from Leinster hands Connacht a scrum
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 36m O'Halloran sends a pass to touch rather than his team mate.
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 37m Leinster in possession ball goes loose and knocked on by Connacht
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 39m Penalty at the scrum again for Leinster 
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 39m Leinster playing it through the hands but Fitzgerald fumbles it
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 40m Leinster have the ball from the lineout & are heading for the line
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 40m Fitzgerald drops it again and half time is called

Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster HT T: O'Halloran, Adeolokun C: MacGinty P: MacGinty | -

Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster HT Teams are back out for the 2nd half
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 40m Sexton kicks off the second half
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 40m Sean O'Brien has replaced McKeon for Connacht
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 41m Connacht knock it on at the breakdown, Leinster send the kick long
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 41m Leinster bring on Cronin & Furlong for Strauss & Ross
Connacht 15-0 ‪Leinster 42m Leinster have a penalty and Sexton is going for the posts
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 43m Sexton finally puts some points on the board for Leinster
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 44m Leinster in possession from the restart on their own 22
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 44m But Connacht have stolen it, passing through the hands
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 45m Leinster defence holding strong as Connacht struggling to pass gain line  
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 46m Connacht still have it but have been pushed back to the 10m line
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 47m Connacht have a penalty and MacGinty going for the points
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 47m He sends it wide but Connacht get possession back immediately
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 48m Leinster have turned it over and are making metres
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 49m Scrum to Leinster and they come away with the ball
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 50m Leinster still in possession approaching the Connacht 22
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 51m Leinster lose the ball, picked up by Connacht who make a break
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 51m Connacht now up to the Leinster 22 
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 52 McCartney makes a break but is about 5 inches short of the line
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 53m Owens has called a 5m scrum to Connacht 
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 53m It was Sexton who made the tackle which stopped that try
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 53m Connacht come away with it from the scrum, 6m out
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 53m O'Brien carries forward, making cm not metres
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 54m Healy slips and Leinster take possession 
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 54m Connacht have it back 
Connacht 15-3 ‪Leinster 55m Marmion making a nuisance of himself for Leinster in this attack
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 56m MacGinty chips it through and Healy chases & touches down
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 57m MacGinty hits the post with his conversion attempt 
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 59m Leinster have the ball on halfway, Connacht pinged for not rolling away  
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 60m Sexton sends the resulting penalty to touch. He knows 3 points won’t do 
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 60m Cooney on for Marmion 
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 60m Crowd think Leinster have scored but Owens had blown for forward pass
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 61m Leinster will feel hard done by there
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 62m Scrum to Connacht, it goes down and they get the penalty
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 62m Conan on for Molony 
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 63m Leinster have possession, McGrath almost breaks the defence
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 64m Chipped through by Leinster to the hands of Connacht who clear
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster Cooney is off injured Robb replaces him 
Connacht 20-3 ‪Leinster 65m There is a player down in midfield as Leinster aim for the line
Connacht 20-8 ‪Leinster 66m Leinster make use of the unexpected extra man as Cronin crosses the line  
Connacht 20-8 ‪Leinster 67m It is O'Halloran who is down injured & was missing from defence 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 68m Sexton makes the conversion as O'Halloran leaves the field
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 68m Ah You has replaced Loughney 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 69m Leinster have possession again on halfway 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 69m O'Leary has been bought on for the injured O'Halloran
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 70m Connacht turn it over, kick for territory straight to Leinster
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 71m Lineout to Leinster deep in Connacht half 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 71m Dooly is on for Jack McGrath as Connacht get scrum
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 72m Connacht get the ball through Muldoon, O'Halloran is back on
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 73m Huge kick from MacGinty gains valuable territory for Connacht
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 73m Cronin finds Heaslip from the lineout and Leinster keep possession
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 74m Connacht have turned it over and are playing through the hands
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 75m Connacht have the penalty at the breakdown. 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 75m Connacht fans can sense it, they are just 5 minutes from victory
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 76m Connacht have the advantage and we come back for the pen
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 76m Muldoon is awarded man of the match, penalty kicked to touch
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 77m Connacht have it from the lineout and are running down the clock
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 77m Leinster have a penalty from the breakdown. Is there enough time?
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 78m Scrum to Leinster, just 90 seconds left. 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 79m Leinster knock it on, Connacht have the scrum 5m out
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 79m They are pushing for a final try here 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 80m Final scrum, free kick to Leinster 
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 80+1m Leinster are not giving up here despite not being able to win
Connacht 20-10 ‪Leinster 80+1m Ball goes to touch, Connacht have made history

Connacht Rugby15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 1 Ronan Loughney 2 Tom McCartney 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Aly Muldowney 6 Eoin McKeon 7 Jake Heenan 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Andrew Browne 20 Sean O'Brien 21 John Cooney 22 Shane O'Leary 23 Peter Robb

SCORERS T: O'Halloran, Adeolokun, Healy C: MacGinty P: MacGinty 

Leinster Rugby15 Rob Kearney 14 Dave Kearney 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Eoin Reddan 1 Jack McGrath 2 Richardt Strauss 3 Mike Ross 4 Ross Molony 5 Mick Kearney 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Jordi Murphy 8 JAMIE HEASLIP (C) BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Hayden Triggs 20 Jack Conan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ian Madigan 23 Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: Cronin C: Sexton P: Sexton

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Ian Davies, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Jon Mason

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Semi Finals

SF1
Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 30 - 18 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

RDS Arena - Friday 20 May 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-11 Att: 19,100

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…

Leinster v Ulster The teams are out & it's 4x champions vs 05/06 champions going head to head
Leinster 0-0 Ulster 1m Ian Davies in charge; both teams have a habit of winning home games
Leinster 0-0 Ulster 2m Ulster have 1st lineout 5m from own tryline but Ruan Pienaar slices it badly
Leinster 0-0 Ulster 3m Leinster on the attack in Ulster's 22 but Ulster putting up a fight
Leinster 0-0 Ulster 4m Leinster haven't really made much ground but penalty coming...
Leinster 0-0 Ulster 4m But before that can happen, Isa Nacewa sneaks thru in the corner
Leinster 5-0 Ulster 4m Davies goes to TMO Jon Mason for confirmation of the try, & it's good
Leinster 7-0 Ulster 6m Johnny Sexton tees up for perfect conversion; good start for home team
Leinster 7-0 Ulster 7m First scrum & it's Leinster's put in; Ulster nick it & Pienaar clears
Leinster 7-0 Ulster 8m Richardt Strauss throws into the Leinster lineout & they quickly land another
Leinster 7-0 Ulster 9m Leinster in control as they trundle over halfway & win penalty on 10m
Leinster 10-0 Ulster 11m Sexton tees up & perfectly excites another 3 points for Leinster
Leinster 10-0 Ulster 12m Meanwhile, Ricky Lutton returns to field after blood injury
Leinster 10-0 Ulster 13m It's Leinster all over the ball again in Ulster's 22 already....
Leinster 10-0 Ulster 14m Franco van der Merwe offside but ref blows for earlier infringement
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 15m Pete Brown gifted penalty in front of posts which Sexton knocks over easily 
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 17m Leinster defensive scrum but Ulster nick it again just outside the 22
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 19m Ulster attack well & recycle but Iain Henderson bundled into touch
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 20m Leinster do well with the defensive lineout & clear lines well
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 21m Into 2nd quarter and Leinster have had 70% possession & territory
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 23m Ulster attacking scrum just outside the 10m & they're quickly into 22
Leinster 13-0 Ulster 24m A chip thru looks promising from Craig Gilroy but Eoin Reddan blocks
Leinster 13-3 Ulster 26m Finally a penalty comes to Ulster & Paddy Jackson capitalises...
Leinster 13-3 Ulster 28m Time off for TMO to check high tackle from Jack McGrath on Chris Henry
Leinster 13-3 Ulster 28m It really shouldn't take this long...after an age it's just a penalty
Leinster 13-3 Ulster 29m Ulster set up a good attacking lineout & are just short of he tryline...
Leinster 13-3 Ulster 30m Leinster gift a penalty that as easily should have been a penalty try
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 31m But ref says it's only a penalty so Jackson doubles Ulster's score
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 34m Nacewa makes a lightning break but the attack is stifled by Ulster
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 36m Ulster turn the tables on Leinster and are firmly back on the attack...
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 38m ...Leinster put up a defence but Ulster are determined as into 22
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 38m Gilroy sneaks thru in the corner aided by Dave Kearney, but TMO...
Leinster 13-6 Ulster 38m Again, 2nd replay clearly shows try, but replays galore to waste time
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 39m Eventually the officials agree on what we all knew already -try Ulster
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 40m But Jackson can't quite get the conversion to equalise before HT

Leinster 13-11 Ulster HT T: Nacewa C: Sexton P: Sexton (2) | T: Gilroy P: Jackson (2)

Leinster 13-11 Ulster 40m Just this half to go to see who's off to Murrayfield next Saturday...
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 41m And given the turnaround in the 1st half, it's anyone's game...
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 42m Ulster are firmly in possession & are just short of the Leinster 22
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 43m But Ulster pinged for blocking; Reddan swiftly clears & Pienaar returns
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 44m Ulster are right back where they started, on the Leinster 22...
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 45m ...but are facing a solid wall of blue not allowing them to break line
Leinster 13-11 Ulster 46m Ulster can't capitalise on the advantage & Leinster reclaim possession 
Leinster 18-11 Ulster 47m And Jamie Heaslip lands an impressive try for the homeside
Leinster 20-11 Ulster 48m Sexton adds the extras and Leinster are looking strong again
Leinster 20-11 Ulster 50m Meanwhile, Kyle McCall for Callum Black & Zane Kirchner for Nacewa
Leinster 20-11 Ulster 52m Leinster in control as Furlong & Cronin replace Ross & Strauss
Leinster 20-11 Ulster 54m Ulster reverse possession for short while but Leinster are determined
Leinster 20-11 Ulster 56m Fresh legs & a much improved attacking scrum for Leinster wins penalty
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 57m Of course Sexton quickly pings it over
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 58m Stuart McCloskey replaced by Stuart Olding as final quarter approaches
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 59m Promptly Ulster hand over another penalty & Sexton kicks to touch
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 61m Ulster right up against it with 5m defensive lineout...& it's lost in air
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 62m Another halt in proceedings as Henry knock on is checked for deliberate hit
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 62m Leinster penalty gives them an strong attacking scrum...
Leinster 23-11 Ulster 62m Penalty won and Leinster go for a scrum again, just 5m out...
Leinster 28-11 Ulster 64m Not quite straightforward drive over whitewash but Cronin finds tryline
Leinster 30-11 Ulster 65m Another simple conversion from Sexton & Ulster have a huge battle now
Leinster 30-11 Ulster 66m Wilson, Warwick & Diack on for Reidy, Lutton & Browne
Leinster 30-11 Ulster 68m Madigan, Dooley & Luke McGrath replace Te'o, Jack McGrath & Reddan 
Leinster 30-16 Ulster 69m Ulster realise urgency & Gilroy flies over tryline for his brace...
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 70m Jackson converts & the task looks less impossible with 10 minutes left 
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 72m Ulster have switched up a gear as captain Best is replaced by Herring
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 74m An attacking lineout for Ulster is good while Cave replaces Marshall
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 75m Deep in the Leinster 22, the ball slips out of Ulster hands into touch
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 76m Herring throws into 5m lineout but it ends up in Leinster hands & cleared
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 76m Another lineout a little further away but they hold onto it this time
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 77m Oh so close to corner but Leinster defence bundles Olding into touch!
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 79m After immense effort from Ulster, they're right back near halfway for scrum
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 80m Ulster hang on to the scrum ball, but get turned at the breakdown...
Leinster 30-18 Ulster 80m ...and Cronin pumps ball into the crowd for FT whistle & Final spot

Leinster Rugby15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Dave Kearney 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Eoin Reddan 1 Jack McGrath 2 Richardt Strauss 3 Mike Ross 4 Devin Toner 5 Mick Kearney 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Jamie Heaslip BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Ross Molony 20 Jack Conan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ian Madigan 23 Zane Kirchner

SCORERS  T: Nacewa, Heaslip, Cronin C: Sexton (3) P: Sexton (3)

Ulster Rugby15 Jared Payne 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Callum Black 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Ricky Lutton 4 Pete Browne 5 Franco van der Merwe 6 Iain Henderson 7 Chris Henry 8 Sean Reidy BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Kyle McCall 18 Andy Warwick 19 Robbie Diack 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Stuart Olding 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: Gilroy (2) C: Jackson P: Jackson (2)

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU) Asst Referees: Ben Whitehouse (WRU), Sean Brickell (WRU) TMO: Jon Mason (WRU) Citing Commissioner: John Cole (IRFU)

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SF2
Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 16 - 11 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

The Sportground - Saturday 21 May 2016
KO: 18:30 HT: 10-3 Att: 7,800

 

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…

Connacht v ‪Glasgow Final semi final of the weekend about to KO shortly...
Connacht v ‪Glasgow The teams last met a fortnight ago & Irish won 14-7 in awful weather...not so today
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Marius Mitrea has the whistle & they're off...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Not a minute gone & a massive clash leads to a stretcher out for Finn Russell
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Duncan Weir on already for Russell, & D'arcy Rae for Zander Fagerson
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Russell sat up on pitch - but now being strapped into stretcher for head injury
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Fagerson off for HIA but he just jogged off...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 1m Play resumes & it's scrum time...Connacht come away with it well
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 2m Connacht already into the Warriors' 22 but a knock on; Warriors defensive scrum
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 3m Good work from Warriors & they clear Connacht way back over halfway
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 4m Connacht have the lineout but Warriors grab possession & drive back over halfway
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 5m A little scrappy but Warriors make some headway before Peter Horne > into touch
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 6m Eventually Connacht turn the tide & reach Warriors' 10m - solid defence tho
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 7m Leone Nakarawa pinged for impatience & Connacht win a useful penalty...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 9m Warriors are messing with Connacht's gameplan tho - defence is playing havoc
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 11m Connacht secure attacking lineout but the Warriors defensive wall is not falling
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 13m Connacht have been in possession forever...but haven't penetrated Warriors!
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 14m Warriors win penalty at breakdown & quickly make ground but pinged...hmmm....
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 15m Connacht lineout is just fine...& then AJ MacGinty spills it - schoolboy error.
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 16m Warriors scrum is good they weight ball into the Connacht 22
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 17m Warriors penalty deep in the Connacht 22 from Aly Muldowney offside
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 18m Kick to touch for lineout as the wind is fierce so penalties not so kickable
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 19m But Warriors gift ball away at he breakdown, losing all momentum
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 20m Matt Healy sprints half length of pitch before losing possession...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 21m Quick hands & finally Connacht find the whitewash thru Eoin McKeon...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 21m However, despite the cheers of Irish fans, Ref goes to TMO for potential knock on
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 21m Bundee Aki clearly did knock on in the midfield so much wasted effort...
Connacht 0-0 ‪Glasgow 22m Warriors manage to knock on again, giving Connacht a kickable penalty inside 22
Connacht 3-0 ‪Glasgow 24m MacGinty manages the kick well despite the wind & finally there are points!
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 26m However, Connacht promptly hand over a reciprocal penalty - Weir doesn't miss
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 28m Aki charges thru middle, doesn't release at breakdown but whistle goes for injury
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 28m It's Simone Favaro down & out - stretcher sent immediately...
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 29m But Favaro is up & walks off for HIA; Adam Ashe comes on
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 30m Connacht scrum in midfield; Warriors turn them over & charge into 22...
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 30m ...ball goes forward off Mark Bennett's leg but Connacht given penalty
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 31m Connacht scrum on own 22; they get away but Niyi Adeolokun dragged into touch
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 33m Connacht back in possession but way back in own 22 again..nothing clever there
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 34m Warriors have lineout on Connacht's 10m but it's easily stolen & Connacht get away
Connacht 3-3 ‪Glasgow 35m Stuart Hogg secures the ball but is quickly brought down & ball changes hands
Connacht 8-3 ‪Glasgow 36m Chip thru from Aki collected by Adeolokun who sprints under posts unhindered
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 37m MacGinty adds the extras quickly as Warriors determined to get back in it
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 38m Warriors attack well but possession is churlishly kicked away to MacGinty
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 39m Warriors lineout is good & they do drive up to the whitewash & drive over but...
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 40m ...Ref deems ball held up under posts so that's no try & the 1st half done

Connacht 10-3 Glasgow HT T: Adeolokun C: MacGinty P: MacGinty | P: Weir

Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 41m Back to Connacht for final 40 minutes of the match & Warriors pinged already
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 43m Warriors done for obstruction & they lose 50m...
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 44m Glasgow opportunity to clear Connacht back but homeside still on the attack
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 45m Finally penalties reverse & it's Connacht who are obliging the visitors
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 46m Warriors in a better position & have made some ground into Connacht territory
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 47m Bennett makes a vital break but stopped just short...Hogg tries & penalty coming
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 48m Hogg halted too but it's Nakarawa who focuses well & stretches over whitewash
Connacht 10-3 ‪Glasgow 48m In recent referee fashion, everything has to go to the TMO...
Connacht 10-8 ‪Glasgow 48m A single replay shows off the Warriors score...& celebrations are subdued
Connacht 10-8 ‪Glasgow 49m Playing against wind, Weir can't force ball thru uprights but they're closer
Connacht 10-8 ‪Glasgow 51m Also becoming habit...score points then hand over a penalty to opposition...
Connacht 13-8 ‪Glasgow 53m Warriors are guilty & MacGinty punishes them kicking into the wind
Connacht 13-8 ‪Glasgow 55m Warriors losing Russell & Fagerson in the opening minute is awfully telling
Connacht 13-8 ‪Glasgow 55m McKeon pinged for not releasing; Warriors have no option than to try kicking
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 56m From in front of posts but nowhere close, Weir finds his mark
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 58m Restart keeps Warriors pinned in own 22 then Connacht attack...
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 59m Connacht set up a 5m lineout as John Cooney replaces Kieran Marmion
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 60m Connacht drive over but the ball is held up...not try
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 61m Ref calls no adv & Connacht go again; O'Brien & Browne for McKeon & Dillane
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 62m Naiyaravoro, Grant & MacArthur for Horne, Rae & Brown
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 62m Connacht kick to corner for 5m lineout...and Nakarawa steals it proficiently
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 63m Warriors push Connacht back from 22; scrum Connacht...
Connacht 13-11 ‪Glasgow 64m Ridiculous penalty against Glasgow from ref after Connacht spin scrum
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 65m MacGinty unfairly punishes Glasgow with 3 more points
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 66m But in fairness, Warriors have conceded 8 pens in this half - 14 altogether
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 67m Ah You on for Loughney | Swinson on for Strauss
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 68m Connacht scrum on Warriors 10m - they spin it again - reset
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 69m No messing this time & ball cleared to touch fast for Warriors 22 lineout
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 70m Superfast turnover by Connacht & frantic play gets Adeolokun over in corner - but
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 70m Score switches up to 21, then back to 16 as asst ref has seen green knock on
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 70m Mitrea can't see on screen so passes it back to TMO Carlo Damasco to judge
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 70m Eventually MacGinty is guilty of accidental offside - no try
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 71m Connacht have attacking scrum & head towards tryline but handbags...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 72m Time off as Hogg tries to escape own tryline but Rodney Ah You charges him...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 72m Ah You hits Hogg high with stiff arm - is carded for the privilege
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 72m Warriors have remainder of match a man up...but it's all v scrappy
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 74m Connacht knock on & Warriors have defensive scrum on 10m...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 74m Robb for Aki | Hart for Pyrgos; Heffernan on in front row with Ah You gone
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 75m Warriors do well in the scrum and make it over halfway but carelessness ...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 76m ...sends them immediately back into own half tho still with ball in hand
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 77m Warriors flustered & ball is dropped fro Connacht to collect in own half...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 78m Bounce of ball into touch stems another Connacht try so Warriors possession
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 78m But Connacht play it clever as Warriors give away possession again
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 79m Time off...time on...Connacht attacking scrum as Aki gets Man of the Match
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 79m The ball takes forever to emerge on Connacht's side as time goes red...
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow 80m ...& the countdown from the crowd alerts Connacht to kick into the stand
Connacht 16-11 ‪Glasgow FT So it's a Leinster v Connacht Final next week at Murrayfield

Connacht Rugby15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 1 Ronan Loughney 2 Tom McCartney 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Aly Muldowney 6 Eoin McKeon 7 Jake Heenan 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Andrew Browne 20 Sean O'Brien 21 John Cooney 22 Shane O'Leary 23 Peter Robb

SCORERS T: Adeolokun C: MacGinty P: MacGinty (3) Yellow Card Ah You

Glasgow Warriors15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Sean Lamont 10 Finn Russell 9 Henry Pyrgos 1 Gordon Reid 2 Fraser Brown 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Leone Nakarawa 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 6 Ryan Wilson 7 Simone Favaro 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Pat MacArthur 17 Ryan Grant 18 D'arcy Rae 19 Tim Swinson 20 Adam Ashe 21 Grayson Hart 22 Duncan Weir 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Nakarawa P: Weir (2)

Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR) Asst Referees: Nigel Owens (WRU), Stefano Penne (FIR) TMO: Carlo Damasco (FIR) Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (WRU)

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Week 22Guinness PRO12 Week 22

CONNACHT battled past Glasgow Warriors in a tense affair at the Sportsground to earn a home Guinness PRO12 semi-final and a rematch against the reigning champions. Glasgow started on top but Bundee Aki's try gave Connacht an unexpected lead going into half-time. A score from Gordon Reid levelled things up early in the second half but a red card for Sila Puafisi made the job more difficult for the visitors and a try from Tiernan O'Halloran was enough to complete the win for Connacht.

CAM DOLAN and Garyn Smith's second-half tries sealed a comeback 21-17 win for Cardiff Blues as they leapfrogged Edinburgh to finish seventh in the final standings. Three first-half tries from the home side through Hamish Watson, Matt Scott and Tom Brown had put them into a 17-7 lead at the break. But the Blues - for whom Rey Lee-Lo had crossed in the first half - dominated a scrappy second period, and Dolan and Smith's scores after the hour mark turned the game on its head. In the end it came down to Gareth Anscombe's kicking - he slotted all three conversions on the day - while Jason Tovey had two come back off the post and the visitors held on to secure an impressive victory.

RICHARDT STRAUSS' try double set Leinster on their way to a 50-19 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso at the RDS Arena that means they finish the regular season top of the table. Strauss crossed twice, his first league tries in two years, while Johnny Sexton also went over in the first half. Jack McGrath, Isa Nacewa, Mick Kearney, Noel Reid and Garry Ringrose all dotted down after the break to ensure Leinster ended in top spot, and will have a home semi-final against fourth-placed Ulster. The victory maintained their 100 per cent league record at the RDS this term and that - combined with the fact that no side in Guinness PRO12 history has ever lost a home semi-final - will have them confident of participating in the final for a seventh time come May 28.

MUNSTER will play Champions Cup rugby next season after Rory Scannell's two tries helped them beat Scarlets 31-15 - bringing an end to the Welsh club's top-four hopes in the process. Scarlets needed to win and hope Ospreys were able to beat Ulster to extend their season into the play-offs but neither of those scenarios materialised as Munster signed off their season on a win in front of their home fans. Francis Saili and Scannell both crossed in the first half but three penalties from Steve Shingler kept the visitors in touch. But the hosts strengthened their hold on the game after the break with Ronan O'Mahony, CJ Stander and Scannell crossing.

ULSTER secured their place in the play-offs as they ran in six tries in their 46-26 victory at Ospreys. Dan Biggar's score had given Ospreys an early lead before Paddy Jackson and Rory Best put the Irish province in front. Josh Matavesi pulled the hosts level briefly, but Andrew Trimble's try sent Ulster into the break 21-14 ahead. And the visitors were to retain their lead for the rest of the match as Chris Henry, Stuart Olding and Franco van der Merwe also dotted down for Ulster, with Tom Grabham's double proving to be merely consolation. Victory for Ulster sets up a play-off semi-final against their Irish rivals Leinster, while Ospreys finish the season down in eighth.

CARLO CANNA'S 22 points guided Zebre to a stirring bonus-point win over Kingsley Jones' Newport Gwent Dragons at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, and ensured they pipped Italian rivals Benetton Treviso to next season's Champions Cup spot. Zebre recovered superbly from a 70-10 loss to Glasgow Warriors last time out to leapfrog their compatriots into 11th place in the table after Treviso lost out to Leinster at the RDS Stadium. Young fly-half Angus O'Brien, starting just his fifth PRO12 game of the season, had initially put Dragons ahead, but Zebre responded in emphatic fashion through Andrea Lovotti and Kayle van Zyle before Canna knocked over two penalties just before half-time to leave Dragons with a mountain to climb. Rynard Landman put the Dragons back in contention with a score just after half-time, but Leonardo Sarto, Bruno Postiglioni and Kelly Haimona all ran in scores for the Italians as they cut loose in Parma. Landman and Hallam Amos did grab further scores late on, but it was a red-letter day as Marco Bortolami waved farewell to Zebre with a superb win.

RESULTS

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 14 - 7 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Sportsground - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-0 Att: 7,786

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Nidi Adeolokun 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) 7 Jake Heenan 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Ronan Loughney BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Quinn Roux 20 Eoin McKeon 21 John Cooney 22 Shane O’Leary 23 Peter Robb

SCORERS  T: Aki, O'Halloran C: MacGinty (2)

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Alex Dunbar 12 Peter Horne 11 Lee Jones 10 Finn Russell 9 Ali Price 8 Josh Strauss 7 Ryan Wilson 6 Rob Harley 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Leone Nakarawa 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Pat MacArthur 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Tim Swinson 20 Simone Favart 21 Grayson Hart 22 Mark Bennett 23 Sean Lamont

SCORERS T: Reid C: Russell Red Card Puafisi

Referee: Ian Davies

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 17 - 21 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-7 Att: 4,962

EDINBURGH: 15 Dougie Fife 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Matt Scott 12 Andries Strauss 11 Tom Brown 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Nasi Manu 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 ROSS FORD (C) 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Allan Dell 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Chris Dean 23 Will Helu

SCORERS T: Watson, Scott, Brown C: Tovey

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Navidi 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Cam Dolan 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Matthew Rees 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Brad Thyer 18 Scott Andrews 19 Lou Reed 20 Macauley Cook 21 Tomos Williams 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Gavin Evans

SCORERS T: Lee-Lo, Dolan, Smith C: Anscombe (3)

Referee: John Lacey

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 50 - 19 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

RDS Arena - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-0 Att: 10,083

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 ISA NACEWA (C) 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Jordi Murphy 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mick Kearney 4 Devin Toner 3 Mike Ross 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Ross Molony 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS T: Sexton, Strauss (2), Jack McGrath, Nacewa, Mick Kearney, Reid, Ringrose C: Sexton, Nacewa (4)

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Alberto Sgarbi 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Luke McLean 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Abraham Steyn 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Francesco Minto 5 Filo Paulo 4 Marco Fuser 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Ornel Gega 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Matteo Muccignat 18 Salesi Manu 19 Marco Lazzaroni 20 Andrea De Marchi 21 Alberto Lucchese 22 James Ambrosini 23 Enrico Bacchin

SCORERS T: Lazzaroni, Muccignat, Bacchin C: Hayward Yellow Card Paulo

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 31 - 15 SCARLETSScarlets

Thomond Park - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-12 Att: tbc

 

MUNSTER: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Andrew Conway 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 Johnny Holland 9 Conor Murray 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Tommy O'Donnell 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Billy Holland 4 Dave Foley 3 Stephen Archer 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 James Cronin 18 John Ryan 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jack O'Donoghue 21 Duncan Williams 22 Ian Keatley 23 Ronan O'Mahony

SCORERS T: Saili, Rory Scannell (2), O'Mahony, Stander C: Johnny Holland (3)

SCARLETS: 15 Liam Williams 14 Gareth Owen 13 Steff Hughes 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Steff Evans 10 Steve Shingler 9 Aled Davies 8 John Barclay 7 James Davies 6 Lewis Rawlins 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Peter Edwards 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Tom Price 20 Morgan Allen 21 Gareth Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Michael Tagicakibau

SCORERS P: Shingler (5)

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

OspreysOSPREYS 26 - 46 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-21 Att: 9,923

 

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Ben John 13 Owen Watkin 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar  9 RHYS WEBB (C) 8 James King 7 Sam Underhill 6 Dan Lydiate 5 Rory Thornton 4 Rynier Bernardo 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Joe Bearman 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Sam Davies 23 Tom Grabham

SCORERS T: Biggar, Matavesi, Grabham (2) C: Biggar (3)

ULSTER: 15 Jared Payne 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Sean Reidy 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Pete Browne 3 Ricky Lutton 2 RORY BEST (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Kyle McCall 18 Andrew Warwick 19 Robbie Diack 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Stuart Olding 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: Jackson, Best, Trimble, Henry, Olding, van der Merwe C: Jackson (5) P: Jackson (2)

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 47 - 22 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 07 May 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 23-3 Att: 2,650

 

ZEBRE: 15 Ulrich Beyers 14 Kayle Van Zyl 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Filippo Cristiano 6 Johan Meyer 5 Marco Bortolami 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Guillermo Roan 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Luke Burgess 22 Kelly Haimona 23 Mils Muliaina

SCORERS T: Fabiani, van Zyl, Sarto, Postiglioni, Haimona C: Canna (5) P: Canna (4)

DRAGONS: 15 Geraint Rhys Jones 14 Adam Hughes 13 Adam Warren 12 Jack Dixon 11 Hallam Amos 10 Angus O’Brien 9 Charlie Davies 8 Ed Jackson 7 James Thomas 6 James Benjamin 5 NICK CROSSWELL (C) 4 Matthew Screech 3 Lloyd Fairbrother 2 Rhys Buckley 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Luke Garrett 18 Shaun Knight 19 Rynard Landman 20 Harrison Keddie 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Dorian Jones 23 Carl Meyer

SCORERS T: Landman (2), Amos C: Geraint Jones (2) P: O'Brien

Referee: David Wilkinson

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Week 21Guinness PRO12 Week 21

JAYDEN HAYWARD'S last-gasp penalty sealed a famous comeback win for Benetton Treviso against second-placed Connacht, seriously denting their hunt for a Guinness PRO12 home semi-final. Peter Robb's second-half score and John Cooney's boot looked to have ensured Connacht kept pace in their quest for a home play-off, but Hayward banged over his penalty from almost 50 metres to claim Treviso's first win over an Irish province since 2013. Pat Lam's side looked untroubled as they racked up two scores inside 15 minutes through Fionn Carr and Rory Parata, but the Italians struck back with two first-half scores of their own - through No.8 Abraham Steyn and Luca Morisi to leave the sides poised at 14-12 going into the break. And it was Marius Goosen's side who struck first after half-time, their dominant front-row milking a penalty try that Hayward converted before Robb saved the high-flying Irishmen's blushes. Connacht go into next week's critical clash with Glasgow Warriors knowing only a win will secure a home semi-final and most likely rueing their ragged finishing.

GLASGOW WARRIORS went top of the table after scoring ten tries in their 70-10 win over Zebre - their biggest ever in the PRO12. The Italians started the contest well but after Leone Nakarawa and Kayle van Zyl exchanged tries, the Warriors ran riot at a sold-out Scotstoun Stadium to book their place in the play-offs for a fifth consecutive season. Adam Ashe, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Glenn Bryce all crossed the whitewash in the first half as the hosts went into the break 35-10 ahead, after Tommaso Boni scored just before the interval. And Nakarawa completed his hat-trick within 13 minutes of the restart and there were also tries for Greg Peterson, Ali Price and Duncan Weir - who also kicked ten conversions - as Glasgow extended their PRO12 winning streak to nine games. Connacht's losing bonus point during their dramatic 22-21 loss at Benetton Treviso tonight saw them replace Leinster at the top of the table for an hour but Glasgow's emphatic victory means they are now two points clear at the summit, while opponents Zebre slipped to the foot of the table.

FRANCIS SAILI'S late try secured a bonus-point 27-19 win for Munster over Edinburgh at Irish Independent Park as Anthony Foley's side leapfrogged the Scots to move back into the Champions Cup places. Alan Solomons' would have been pleased with the way his men started, their huge pack turning the screw immediately, but it was Munster who scored first through centre Rory Scannell. Jason Tovey replied with a penalty and converted try of his own before Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway extended Munster's advantage. Tovey and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne pegged back the hosts, but Munster held on and eventually finished with a flourish as Saili bulldozed over from close range to ensure the Irishmen moved into sixth place, level on points with Scarlets.

OSPREYS kept alive their faint top-six hopes as captain Rhys Webb's two late tries proved the difference in an entertaining 40-27 Judgement Day win over Cardiff Blues. Spectators for the first of the double header at Principality Stadium were provided with an eight-try affair which saw the lead change hands several times in the second half before Webb settled matters. The score had been just 9-7 at half-time in the Blues' favour, who added another try through Aled Summerhill shortly after the restart - but two tries from Hanno Dirksen hauled Ospreys back into it. Josh Navidi and Sam Underhill then traded scores before Gareth Anscombe's penalty put Blues a single point ahead. However Webb had the final say with two tries to not only boost Ospreys' top-six hopes but bring an end to their opponents own European hopes.

JARED PAYNE'S second-half try effectively sealed a crucial win for Ulster in the race for the play-offs as Leinster were made to rue their indiscipline at the Kingspan Stadium. Leinster made things difficult for themselves in both halves - Rob Kearney's block on Ruan Pienaar saw Ulster awarded a penalty try before the break, and Payne's 57th-minute try came while Luke Fitzgerald was in the sin bin. There was no way back from Leinster from there and Paddy Jackson, who collected 11 points from the tee, then added the gloss with a breakaway try at the death.

SCOTT WILLIAMS had a Judgement Day to remember as his man-of-the-match display inspired Scarlets to a 34-20 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons at Principality Stadium to keep their hopes of a top-four spot alive. The 34-cap Wales international had been out of action with a knee injury since September but it was as if he had never been away - scoring one try and creating two others in an entertaining contest. Fly-half Steven Shingler contributed 19 points as Scarlets recorded their third victory over the Dragons in four editions of Judgement Day and are now just one point behind fourth-placed Ulster in the table with one match remaining. Williams and Shingler both crossed the whitewash for the West Walians before the break to help establish a 20-13 lead at half-time as Adam Warren did likewise for their opponents. Steffan Evans' try extended that advantage early in the second half and although Adam Hughes touched down for the Dragons, Gareth Davies' late score sealed the victory, the four-try bonus point and Champions Cup rugby next season. The result means the Dragons are still yet to taste victory in four attempts at Judgement Day while their wait for a first PRO12 win since January also rumbles on.

RESULTS

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 22 - 21 CONNACHT Connacht Rugby

Stadio Monigo - Friday 29 April 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 12-14 Att: 3,700

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Ludovico Nitoglia 10 Sam Christie 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Abraham Steyn 7 Alessandro Zanni 6 Francesco Minto 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Ornel Gega 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Salesi Manu 19 Marco Fuser 20 Marco Lazzaroni 21 Alberto Lucchese 22 Luke McLean 23 Tommaso Iannone

SCORERS T: Morisi, Steyn, PT C: Hayward (2) P: Hayward

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Rory Parata 12 Peter Robb 11 Fionn Carr 10 Jack Carty 9 John Cooney 8 Eoin McKeon 7 Jake Heenan 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Andrew Browne 4 Quinn Roux 3 Rodney Ah You 2 TOM MCCARTNEY (C) 1 Ronan Loughney BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Aly Muldowney 20 John Muldoon 21 Caolin Blade 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Robbie Henshaw

SCORERS T: Parata, Carr, Robb C: John Cooney (3)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 70 - 10 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 29 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 35-10 Att: 6,800

 

WARRIORS: 15 Glenn Bryce 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Sean Lamont 10 Duncan Weir 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Simone Favaro 6 ROB HARLEY (C) 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 D’arcy Rae 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Tim Swinson 20 Ryan Wilson 21 Ali Price 22 Finn Russell 23 Tommy Seymour

SCORERS T: Nakarawa (3), Ashe, Bryce (2), Naiyaravoro, Peterson, Price, Weir C: Weir (10)

ZEBRE: 15 Ulrich Beyers 14 Giulio Toniolatti 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Federico Ruzza 7 Filippo Cristiano 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 Marco Bortolami 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea De Marchi BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Emiliano Coria 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Andries Van Schalkwyk 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Giulio Bisegni 23 Kelly Haimona

SCORERS T: van Zyl, Boni

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 27 - 19 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Irish Independent Park - Friday 29 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 22-13 Att: 8,200

 

MUNSTER: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Andrew Conway 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 Johnny Holland 9 Conor Murray 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Tommy O’Donnell 6 Dave O’Callaghan 5 Billy Holland 4 Dave Foley 3 Stephen Archer 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 James Cronin 18 John Ryan 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jack O’Donoghue 21 Duncan Williams 22 Ian Keatley 23 Ronan O’Mahony

SCORERS T: Rory Scannell, Zebo, Conway, Saili C: Johnny Holland (2) P: Johnny Holland

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Matt Scott 12 Andries Strauss 11 Tom Brown 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 ROSS FORD (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Chris Dean 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Tovey C: Tovey P: Tovey (3), Hidalgo-Clyne

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 27 - 40 OSPREYSOspreys

Millennium Stadium - Saturday 30 April 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 9-7 Att: 68,262

 

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Lewis Jones 8 Josh Navidi 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Sam Warburton 5 James Down 4 Josh Turnbull 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Matthew Rees 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Brad Thyer 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Jarrad Hoeata 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Tomos Williams 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Gavin Evans

SCORERS T: Summerhill, Navidi C: Anscombe P: Anscombe (5)

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Owen Watkin 11 Ben John 10 Dan Biggar 9 RHYS WEBB (C) 8 Dan Lydiate 7 James King 6 Olly Cracknell 5 Rynier Bernardo 4 Adam Beard 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rory Thornton 20 Sam Underhill 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Sam Davies 23 Josh Matavesi

SCORERS T: King, Dirksen (2), Underhill, Webb (2) C: Biggar (5)

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 30 - 6 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Kingspan Stadium - Saturday 30 April 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-6 Att: 17,332

 

ULSTER: 15 Jared Payne 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Sean Reidy 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Peter Browne 3 Ricky Lutton 2 RORY BEST (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Kyle McCall 18 Andrew Warwick 19 Robbie Diack 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Stuart Olding 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: PT, Payne, Jackson C: Jackson, Luke Marshall, Paul Marshall P: Jackson (3)

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 ISA NACEWA (C) 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Devin Toner 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Mike Ross 19 Mick Kearney 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Ian Madigan 23 Luke Fitzgerald

SCORERS P: Sexton (2) Yellow Card Kearney, Fitzgerald

Referee: George Clancy

 

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 20 - 34 SCARLETSScarlets

Millennium Stadium - Saturday 30 April 2016
KO: 17:00 HT: 13-20 Att: 68,262

 

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Adam Hughes 13 Adam Warren 12 Jack Dixon 11 Hallam Amos 10 Angus O'Brien 9 Charlie Davies 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Nic Cudd 6 LEWIS EVANS (C) 5 Nick Crosswell 4 Rynard Landman 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Luke Garrett 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Matthew Screech 20 Ed Jackson 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Dorian Jones 23 Geraint Rhys Jones

SCORERS T: Warren, Hughes C: O'Brien (2) P: O'Brien (2)

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Liam Williams 13 Hadleigh Parkes 12 Scott Williams 11 Steff Evans 10 Steven Shingler 9 Aled Davies 8 John Barclay 7 James Davies 6 Lewis Rawlins 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Samson Lee 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Dylan Evans 18 Peter Edwards 19 Jack Condy20 Morgan Allen 21 Gareth Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Scott Williams, Shingler, Steffan Evans, Gareth Davies C: Shingler (4) P: Shingler (2)

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

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Week 20Guinness PRO12 Week 20

LEINSTER surged five points clear of Connacht at the Guinness PRO12 summit after three tries in 11 second-half minutes helped them to a 30-23 victory over Edinburgh Rugby. Leinster led 6-3 at the interval after a nip-and-tuck first period, with Ian Madigan outscoring Jason Tovey by two penalties to one, and Jamie Ritchie seeing yellow after 34 minutes. But the start of the second period saw a flurry of tries, with Edinburgh's Tom Brown crossing in between scores from Luke McGrath and Josh van der Flier. Mike Allan's interception saw Edinburgh respond, but Fergus McFadden's brilliant double meant the hosts claimed an all-important bonus-point. Sean Kennedy capped off a breathless second half - in which 44 points were scored - to bring Edinburgh back again, and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne's late penalty earned them a losing bonus.

OSPREYS kept their hopes of a top six finish alive, with Dan Evans' try double earning a bonus-point victory over Benetton Treviso in Swansea. The home side racked up seven tries in total and fly-half Dan Biggar was successful with six conversions, while Treviso's Dean Budd saw red for a swinging arm tackle late in the game. Evans began the scoring before Dan Baker and Owen Watkin crossed before half time. Olly Cracknell and Hanno Dirksen scored in the second half, before Budd saw red and Evans and Ben John wrapped up the points for Ospreys.

FINN RUSSELL starred as champions Glasgow Warriors moved a step closer to confirming their semi-final spot with a bonus-point win over Scarlets. A Russell try-double got the visitors off to a fine start after Scarlets kicked an early penalty. The returning Liam Williams kept Scarlets in touch but further tries from Lee Jones, who also scored twice, as well as Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett and Henry Pyrgos meant Glasgow racked up seven in total.

TOMMY BOWE'S try double, in his first club appearance of the season, helped Ulster climb back into the top four with a comfortable victory over lowly Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. The Ireland winger sustained a knee injury during last autumn's Rugby World Cup but returned to Ulster duty in style as he broke a tackle to dot down under the posts on 12 minutes - one of four first-half tries for the visitors. Ruan Pienaar, Craig Gilroy and Jared Payne also dotted down and although Guglielmo Palazzani crossed for Zebre, they still trailed 26-10 at the break. It was more of the same after the interval as Zebre's winless Guinness PRO12 run since January 3 goes on thanks to a second for Bowe and Payne completing his hat-trick with two further scores. Ulrich Beyers did dot down for a consolation for the hosts but they failed to improve a record which has only seen them record one victory over an Irish province in PRO12 history, that coming against Ulster in September 2014.

NIYI ADEOLOKUN scored twice as Connacht scored 29 unanswered points to claim a bonus-point 35-14 win over Irish provincial rivals Munster and move back ahead of Glasgow Warriors into second-place. Munster built up a 14-6 lead as Simon Zebo and Mike Sherry scored for the visitors, while Connacht - who had been shunted into third-place after Glasgow's bonus-point win against the Scarlets - could summon only two Shane O'Leary penalties. But with Anthony Foley's side down to 14 men, Connacht sprang into action and it was Adeolokun who took advantage of some excellent Bundee Aki play to score his first of the evening. A penalty try on the stroke of half-time meant Connacht led 20-14 at the break and then Adeolokun's second extended their lead and Finlay Bealham the bonus point score. Pat Lam's side bounced back from European heart-break last weekend and effectively ended Munster's hopes of a play-off spot by completing their first-ever league double against the Munstermen - Foley's men now sit seventh, with a serious battle for Champions Cup rugby on their hands.

CARDIFF BLUES boosted their Champions Cup hopes with a 28-8 Welsh derby win over Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness PRO12. First-half tries from Josh Turnbull and Rey Lee-Lo set the Blues on their way at the BT Arms Park, despite a score from Sarel Pretorius. And after opening up a lead in the first half, the Blues were able to soak up some pressure in the second to secure the win, with Gareth Anscombe providing the cherry on top with the last play of the game.

RESULTS

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 30 - 23 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

RDS Arena - Friday 15 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 6-3 Att: 10,233

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Ben Te'o 12 Noel Reid 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Ian Madigan 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jordi Murphy 7 Josh van der Flier 6 RHYS RUDDOCK (C) 5 Mick Kearney 4 Ross Molony 3 Mike Ross 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Devin Toner 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Dave Kearney

SCORERS T: McGrath, van der Flier, McFadden (2) C: Madigan (2) P: Madigan (2)

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Chris Dean 12 Phil Burleigh 11 Tom Brown 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 ROSS FORD (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Hamish Watson 22 Sean Kennedy 23 Mike Allan

SCORERS T: Brown, Allen, Kennedy C: Tovey P: Tovey, Hidalgo-Clyne Yellow Card Ritchie

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

OspreysOSPREYS 47 - 10 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Liberty Stadium - Friday 15 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 21-3 Att: 8,455

 

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Owen Watkin 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 RHYS WEBB (C) 8 Dan Baker 7 James King 6 Olly Cracknell 5 Rynier Bernardo 4 Adam Beard 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rory Thornton 20 Dan Lydiate 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Sam Davies 23 Ben John

SCORERS T: Baker, Watkin, Cracknell, Dirksen, Evans (2), John C: Biggar (6)

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 Alberto Sgarbi 11 Ludovico Nitoglia 10 Sam Christie 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Robert Barbieri 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Marco Lazzaroni 5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Ornel Gega 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Salesi Manu 19 Dean Budd 20 Abraham Steyn 21 Francesco Minto 22 Chris Smylie 23 James Ambrosini

SCORERS T: Sgarbi C: Christie P: Hayward Yellow Card Budd Barbieri Red Card Budd

Referee: David Wilkinson

ScarletsSCARLETS 10 - 46 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 16 April 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-20 Att: 8,165

 

SCARLETS: 15 Liam Williams 14 Steff Evans 13 Gareth Owen 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Steve Shingler 9 Gareth Davies  8 John Barclay 7 James Davies 6 Maselino Paulino 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Samson Lee 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Phil John 18 Peter Edwards 19 George Earle 20 Morgan Allen 21 Aled Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Steff Hughes

SCORERS T: Williams C: Shingler P: Shingler

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Mark Bennett 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Lee Jones 10 Finn Russell 9 Henry Pyrgos 8 Josh Strauss 7 Ryan Wilson 6 Rob Harley 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Tim Swinson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Pat MacArthur 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Leone Nakarawa 20 Tyrone Holmes 21 Grayson Hart 22 Duncan Weir 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Russell (2), Jones (2), Pyrgos, Bennett, Seymour C: Russell (4) P: Russell

Referee: George Clancy

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 17 - 47 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 16 April 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 10-26 Att: 3,000

 

ZEBRE: 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Dion Berryman 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Gideon Koegelenberg 7 Federico Ruzza 6 Jean Cook 5 Valerio Bernabò 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Luke Burgess 22 Ulrich Beyers 23 Tommaso Boni

SCORERS  T: Palazzani, Beyers C: Canna (2) P: Canna Yellow Card Palazzani

ULSTER: 15 Jared Payne 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart Olding 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Roger Wilson 7 Sean Reidy 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Pete Browne 3 Ricky Lutton 2 Rory Best 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Kyle McCall 18 Andrew Warwick 19 Robbie Diack 20 Chris Henry 21 Paul Marshall 22 Darren Cave 23 Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Pienaar, Gilroy, Payne (3), Bowe (2) C: Jackson (3), Pienaar (2), Olding

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 35 - 14 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Sportsground - Saturday 16 April 2016
KO: 19:15 HT: 20-14 Att: 7,786

 

CONNACHT: 15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Peter Robb 11 Matt Healy 10 Shane O’Leary 9 Kieran Marmion 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) 7 Eoin McKeon 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Jason Harris-Wright 17 Ronan Loughney 18 JP Cooney 19 Andrew Browne 20 James Connolly 21 John Cooney 22 Jack Carty 23 Fionn Carr

SCORERS T: PT, Adeolokun (2), Bealham C: O'Leary (3) P: O'Leary (3)

MUNSTER: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 Johnny Holland 9 Conor Murray 8 Jack O'Donoghue 7 Tommy O'Donnell 6 CJ STANDER (C) 5 Billy Holland 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 Stephen Archer 2 Mike Sherry 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Ian Keatley 23 Andrew Conway

SCORERS T: Zebo, Sherry C: Holland (2) Yellow Card Cronin, Holland

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 28 - 8 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Sunday 17 April 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 18-8 Att: 8,203

 

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Dan Fish 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Turnbull 7 Sam Warburton 6 Ellis Jenkins 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Taufa’ao Filise 2 Kristian Dacey 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Matthew Rees 17 Brad Thyer 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Manoa Vosawai 20 Josh Navidi 21 Tomos Williams 22 Harri Millard 23 Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Turnbull, Lee-Lo, Anscombe C: Anscombe (2) P: Anscombe (3)

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Adam Hughes 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Nic Cudd 6 LEWIS EVANS (C) 5 Nick Crosswell 4 Rynard Landman 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Matthew Screech 20 Ed Jackson 21 Charlie Davies 22 Angus O'Brien 23 Geraint Rhys Jones

SCORERS T: Pretorius P: Jones Yellow Card Pretorius

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

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Rescheduled MatchesGuinness PRO12 Rearranged

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY 14-43 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Friday 08 April 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 14-7 Att: 1,850

 

GLASGOW WARRIORS made it a magnificent seven Guinness PRO12 wins on the trot as second-half Ali Price and Alex Dunbar tries quelled a lively early display from Zebre. The odds were stacked against Zebre, who have failed to beat Glasgow in six attempts and had not tasted victory in the PRO12 since January 3. But few could argue that Zebre did not deserve their 14-7 lead heading into half-time, Leonardo Sarto a particular standout as his try, allied to Guglielmo Palazzani's effort, handed them the advantage. Fraser Brown had barrelled over in between those scores but the Warriors did not truly come alive until the second half came around. They wasted little time as Price and Dunbar had crossed by 50 minutes gone, and the bonus-point win seemed secure when Peter Horne joined the scorers midway through the half. The floodgates opened in the last ten minutes as Taqele Naiyaravoro, Jerry Yanuyanutawa and then Horne again got in on the act, and Glasgow finished up with the win that sees them leapfrog Scarlets into third.

ZEBRE: 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Dion Berryman 13 Matteo Pratichetti 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Gideon Koegelenberg 7 Federico Ruzza 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Valerio Bernabò 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Luke Burgess 22 Giulio Bisegni 23 Ulrich Beyers

SCORERS T: Sarto, Palazanni C: Canna (2)

GLASGOW: 15 Glenn Bryce 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Alex Dunbar 12 Peter Horne 11 Tommy Seymour 10 Duncan Weir 9 Ali Price 8 Ryan Wilson 7 Simone Favaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Jonny Gray 4 Leone Nakawara 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Pat MacArthur 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Greg Peterson 20 Adam Ashe 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Finn Russell 23 Mark Bennett

SCORERS T: Brown, Price, Dunbar, Horne (2), Naiyaravoro, Yanuyanutawa C: Weir (2), Russell (2) Yellow Card MacArthur

Referee: Ian Davies

†Rescheduled from Week 12

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Week 18Guinness PRO12 Week 19

THE Ospreys bounced back from derby defeat to the Scarlets with a bonus-point win over another Welsh rival, hanging on for a 26-20 success away to the Newport Gwent Dragons. With their Guinness PRO12 play-off hopes effectively over, the Ospreys still had plenty of pride to play for, and ran in three first-half tries before wrapping up the bonus point early in the second half. Jeff Hassler had them on their way just three minutes in, and despite Hallam Amos' response - the first of two tries on the night - the Ospreys were able to pull clear by half-time. Rhys Webb got their second, and Dan Evans' effort just before the break allowed the visitors to lead 19-8 at half-time at Rodney Parade. Amos grabbed his second early in the second half but the response, through Sam Underhill, was immediate. However Carl Meyer's try heading into the final ten minutes set up a grandstand finale but despite their best efforts, they could not find a final score, going down on what could be Taulupe Faletau's final game for the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

DAMIEN HOYLAND'S second-half try double kept Edinburgh's top-four hopes alive as they notched what was eventually a comfortable 29-0 bonus-point victory over Zebre at BT Murrayfield. Zebre's losing streak now stands at seven games but their hosts maintained an impeccable record that has not seen them lose a home match in any competition to an opponent other than an Irish province since April 2014. A five-point haul for Alan Solomons' troops looked like a pipe dream following an error-strewn first half that saw Jason Tovey's long-range penalty as the only score. But Edinburgh pulled away after the break as Hoyland's quickfire double gave them some breathing space. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne then took advantage of tiring Zebre legs before, with the last play of the game, Alex Toolis dotted down for the bonus point to see his side climb to fifth in the Guinness PRO12 table.

RORY BEST'S first-half try set Ulster on their way to a hard-fought 18-10 victory at the Kingspan Stadium as Connacht failed in their quest to record a first win in Belfast since 1960. The victory sends the hosts back into the top four while the league-leading visitors tasted defeat for the first time since January. Ulster controlled the game in the first half with skipper Best dotting down for the period's only try and when Craig Gilroy went over shortly after the break, the hosts looked comfortable with an 18-3 lead. But Connacht are not top of the table for nothing and Caolin Blade crashed over to give them hope. But the visitors were down to 13 men for the final seven minutes thanks to a pair of sin-binnings, essentially ending any hopes of a comeback, as coach Pat Lam is still looking for his first triumph over Ulster since taking charge in 2013. Connacht may not have won in Belfast for more than half a century heading into the clash but Lam's troops are a different beast this season - their ferocious pack and game-breaking backline combining to make them mainstays atop the table.

CARDIFF BLUES kept their top six hopes alive, denting the Scarlets semi-final ambitions in the process with a 28-22 win at Parc Y Scarlets. Lloyd Williams and Tom James went over in the first half for the visitors, with Gareth Anscombe adding his first Guinness PRO12 try in the second half. However, John Barclay's try with nine minutes to go got Scarlets right back into it, but they eventually had to settle for a losing bonus point.

A second-half blitz saw Glasgow Warriors down Benetton Treviso 38-16 in Italy as they clambered into the play-off places with a bonus-point triumph. Treviso had not beaten a Scottish opponent since March 2014, while their failure to record a win over Glasgow stretches back to September 2011 - now a run of nine fixtures. The Italians trailed early on thanks to tries from Jonny Gray and Peter Horne, but actually took a two-point advantage into half-time thanks to Angelo Esposito's score and the boot of Jayden Hayward. But in the midst of a fierce battle for a play-off place, Glasgow knew they could not afford to lose and former Treviso star Simone Favaro, full-back Stuart Hogg, Grayson Hart and James Malcolm ensured they left Stadio Monigo with a comfortable victory.

LEINSTER secured a PRO12 double over Munster and moved to the top of the table after hanging on for a 16-13 victory at the Aviva Stadium. Having already beaten their provincial rivals at Thomond Park in December, they took advantage of Connacht's loss to Ulster on Friday to move back into top spot. Johnny Sexton was the star of the show, finishing with all 16 points, but Munster counterpart Johnny Holland also impressed in only his third Guinness PRO12 start. Sexton's first-half try helped Leinster into a 10-6 lead at the break, but Holland responded in kind early in the second half. However, two more Sexton penalties gave the home side a narrow lead heading into the final ten minutes. When they lost Cian Healy to a sin-binning in the final minutes, it gave Munster a great opportunity to avoid defeat, but some ferocious defence from Leinster, and questionable decision-making saw the home side to victory.

RESULTS

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 20 - 26 OSPREYSOspreys

Rodney Parade - Friday 01 April 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 8-19 Att: 6,413

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 TAULUPE FALETAU (C) 7 Nic Cudd 6 Lewis Evans 5 Matthew Screech 4 Rynard Landman 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Thomas Rhys Thomas 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Nick Crosswell 20 Ed Jackson 21 Charlie Davies 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Adam Hughes

SCORERS T: Amos (3) C: Meyer P: Meyer Yellow Card Landman

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Owen Watkin 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 RHYS WEBB (C) 8 James King 7 Sam Underhill 6 Olly Cracknell 5 Rynier Bernardo 4 Adam Beard 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Dan Lydiate 20 Joe Bearman 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Sam Davies 23 Jeff Hassler

SCORERS T: Hassler, Webb, Evans, Underhill C: Biggar (3)

Referee: John Lacey

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 29 - 0 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

BT Murrayfield - Friday 01 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 3-0 Att: 3,799

 

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Michael Allen 12 Phil Burleigh 11 Tom Brown 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Allan Dell 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Chris Dean 23 Will Helu

SCORERS T: Hoyland (2), Hidalgo-Clyne, Toolis C: Tovey (3) P: Tovey

ZEBRE: 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Ulrich Beyers 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Johan Meyer 7 Federico Ruzza 6 Jean Cook 5 Marco Bortolami 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Guillermo Roan 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Luke Burgess 22 Carlo Canna 23 Giulio Bisegni

Referee: Leighton Hodges

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 18 - 10 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 01 April 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 11-3 Att: 16,224

 

ULSTER: 15 Jared Payne 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Roger Wilson 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Pete Browne 3 Ricky Lutton 2 RORY BEST (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Kyle McCall 18 Bronson Ross 19 Robbie Diack 20 Sean Reidy 21 Paul Marshall 22 Stuart Olding 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: Best, Gilroy P: Jackson (3) Yellow Card Trimble

CONNACHT: 15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Peter Robb 11 Matt Healy 10 Shane O'Leary 9 John Cooney 8 Eoin McKeon 7 James Connolly 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Andrew Browne 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Caolin Blade 22 Cormac Brennan 23 Danie Poolman

SCORERS T: Blade C: O'Leary P: O'Leary Yellow Card O'Leary, O'Brien

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 22 - 28 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 02 April 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-18 Att: 9,456

 

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Steff Evans 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Dan Jones 9 Gareth Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 James Davies 6 John Barclay 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Samson Lee 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Dylan Evans 18 Peter Edwards 19 George Earle 20 Maselino Paulino 21 Aled Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Barclay C: Thomas P: Jones (4), Thomas

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Dan Fish 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Navidi 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Sam Warburton 5 James Down 4 Josh Turnbull 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Matthew Rees 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Brad Thyer 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Jarrad Hoeata 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Williams, James, Anscombe C: Anscombe (2) P: Anscombe (3) Yellow Card Turnbull

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 16 - 38 GLASGOW Glasgow Warriors

Stadio Monigo - Saturday 02 April 2016
KO: 17:30 HT: 16-14 Att: 3,500

 

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Sam Christie 11 Angelo Esposito 10 James Ambrosini 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Robert Barbieri 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Marco Lazzaroni 5 Marco Fuser 4 Filo Paulo 3 Filippo Filippetto 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Rupert Harden 19 Dean Budd 20 Abraham Steyn 21 Andrea De Marchi 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Luke McLean

SCORERS T: Esposito C: Hayward P: Hayward (3)

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Sean Lamont 10 Finn Russell 9 Henry Pyrgos 8 Adam Ashe 7 Simone Favaro 6 Josh Strauss 5 Jonny Gray 4 Tim Swinson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 D'arcy Rae 19 Leone Nakarawa 20 Tyrone Holmes 21 Grayson Hart 22 Glenn Bryce 23 Lee Jones

SCORERS T: Gray, Horne, Favaro, Hogg, Hart, Malcolm C: Russell (4)

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 16 - 13 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

RDS Arena - Saturday 02 April 2016
KO: 17:30 HT: 10-6 Att: 43,108

 

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 ISA NACEWA (C) 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Jordi Murphy 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Devin Toner 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Sean Cronin 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Cian Healy 18 Mike Ross 19 Ross Molony 20 Josh van der Flier 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ian Madigan 23 Fergus McFadden

SCORERS T: Sexton C: Sexton P: Sexton (3) Yellow Card Healy

MUNSTER: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Andrew Conway 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 Johnny Holland 9 Conor Murray 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Tommy O’Donnell 6 Dave O’Callaghan 5 Billy Holland 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 Stephen Archer 2 Niall Scannell 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jack O’Donoghue 21 Tomás O’Leary 22 Ian Keatley 23 Darren Sweetnam

SCORERS T: Holland C: Holland P: Holland (2) Yellow Card Copeland

Referee: Ian Davies

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Week 18Guinness PRO12 Week 18

MUNSTER'S Irish contingent returned with a bang as Simon Zebo, CJ Stander and Conor Murray all helped themselves to tries in a commanding 47-0 win over Zebre. Zebo was the only one of the trio to start and it was his quick-fire double within 13 minutes of the second-half which wrapped up the try bonus point for the hosts - and also made him Munster's record try scorer. Not to be outdone, Stander added his name to the scoresheet on 55 minutes while Murray crossed just past the hour mark as Munster turned the screw on their opponents. A penalty try had earlier opened proceedings on 11 minutes before Ronan O'Mahony's effort helped Munster into a 14-0 lead. But it was four tries in the space of 17 second-half minutes which knocked the stuffing out of the Zebre team with play-off chasing Munster making the most of the opportunity to boost their points difference with another late penalty try.

CARDIFF BLUES are still on course for a GUINNESS PRO12 top-six finish after they claimed a bonus-point 56-8 win against Benetton Treviso, with Rhys Patchell outstanding throughout. The Welsh region boast one of the best home records in the PRO12, and with two of their final four games at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and also three Welsh derby clashes just round the corner, it was always going to be make or break against the Italians. And Cardiff did not disappoint as they demolished Treviso and scored tries through Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kristian Dacey, Manoa Vosawai, Tom James, Dan Fish and Patchell. The PRO12's leading point scorer, Patchell, may have been relegated into the full-back position and had the kicking duties removed following the return of Gareth Anscombe but he still bossed the game at second or third receiver. Cardiff boss Danny Wilson picked three openside flankers in his back row, including Welsh skipper Sam Warburton, as they ran the Italian side ragged.

SCOTLAND'S Stuart Hogg marked his return to the Glasgow Warriors side with a try and a dramatic late long-range penalty as the reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions kept up their winning run with a 27-17 victory over Ulster. Hogg helped his club side to their fifth consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 victory, but his night did not get off to the best start when he was sin-binned after less than two minutes and Ulster capitalised with a try for Iain Henderson. But driven on by impressive man of the match Finn Russell, who kicked four penalties, a conversion as well as a clever cross field chip for Tommy Seymour to dot down in the second-half shortly after Hogg, the Warriors managed to extend their unbeaten run at Scotstoun. And they also denied Ulster a losing bonus point when Hogg stepped up to fire over a monstrous long-range penalty with the last kick of the game.

SCARLETS strengthened their claims for a top four finish in this season's PRO12 after a rare 25-16 win over Welsh rivals Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. There had been nothing to separate the two sides at half-time with the scores at 13-13 - DTH Van Der Merwe cancelling out Josh Matavesi's earlier try for Ospreys. But Aled Thomas made the vital difference after the break, stepping off the bench for Dan Jones - who had kicked eight points in the first half - and firing over four penalties to earn Scarlets their first win over their Welsh rivals at the Liberty Stadium since September 2007. Ospreys, who had Sam Davies contribute 11 points from the kicking tee, slipped to their third successive GUINNESS PRO12 defeat.

LEAGUE leaders Connacht stayed atop the standings after they edged an intense clash with second-placed Leinster at the Sportsground. The hosts had won their last six matches in all tournaments, five of those with maximum points, but this one was by the skin of their teeth with Kieran Marmion grabbing the only try of a game where defences ruled the roost. The 24-year-old touched down after 13 minutes, with Leinster battling against a brutal wind in the first half and not troubling the scorers. And despite Ian Madigan's two penalties after the interval, a heroic effort from Connacht kept their visitors at bay to stretch their lead at the summit of the table.

EDINBURGH battled to a 16-15 win over Newport Gwent Dragons to keep their GUINNESS PRO12 play-off hopes alive at Rodney Parade. In difficult conditions in Wales, the Scots did just enough to squeeze home with Hamish Watson scoring their only try. Hallam Amos crossed twice for the Dragons but they couldn't find a way through at the end and had to settle for a losing bonus point.

RESULTS

Munster Rugby MUNSTER RUGBY 47 - 0 ZEBRE RUGBY Zebre

Thomond Park - Friday 25 March 2016
KO: 19:00 HT: 14-0 Att: 13,063

MUNSTER: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Keith Earls 12 Rory Scannell 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Johnny Holland 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Jack O'Donoghue 7 Tommy O'Donnell 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 Stephen Archer 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 James Cronin 18 Mario Sagario 19 Dave Foley 20 CJ Stander 21 Conor Murray 22 Ian Keatley 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: PT (2), O'Mahony, Zebo (2), Stander, Murray C: Holland (5), Murray

ZEBRE: 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Tommaso Boni 11 Giulio Toniolatti 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Johan Meyer 7 Federico Ruzza 6 Jean Cook 5 Valerio Bernabò 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Guillermo Roan BENCH: 16 Bruno Postiglioni 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Luke Burgess 22 Ulrich Beyers 23 Matteo Pratichetti

SCORERS Yellow Card Geldenhuys, Toniolatti, Postiglioni

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 56 - 8 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 25 March 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 17-3 Att: 5,528

 

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Dan Fish 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Navidi 7 Sam Warburton 6 Ellis Jenkins 5 James Down 4 Josh Turnbull 3 Dillon Lewis 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Gethin Jenkins (C) BENCH: 16 Matthew Rees 17 Brad Thyer 18 Scott Andrews 19 Jarrad Hoeata 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Jenkins, Navidi, Lee-Lo, Dacey, Vosawai, James, Fish, Patchell C: Anscombe (3), Evans (2) P: Anscombe (2)

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Ludovico Nitoglia 10 Sam Christie 9 Chris Smylie 8 Dean Budd 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Filippo Filippetto 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Abraham Steyn 21 Andrea De Marchi 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Simone Ragusi

SCORERS T: Lazzaroni P: Hayward

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 27 - 17 ULSTERUlster Rugby

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 25 March 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 9-10 Att: 6,800

 

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Mark Bennett 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Sean Lamont 10 Finn Russell 9 Henry Pyrgos 8 Josh Strauss 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 JONNY GRAY (C) 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Tim Swinson 20 Ryan Wilson 21 Grayson Hart 22 Duncan Weir 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Hogg, Seymour C: Russell P: Russell (4), Hogg Yellow Card Hogg

ULSTER: 15 Stuart Olding 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Rory Scholes 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Kyle McCall 18 Andy Warwick 19 Robbie Diack 20 Sean Reidy 21 Paul Marshall 22 Sam Windsor 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: Henderson, McCloskey C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson

Referee: John Lacey

 

Ospreys OSPREYS 16 - 25 SCARLETSScarlets

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 26 March 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-13 Att: 12,051

 

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Sam Davies 9 Rhys Webb 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Dan Lydiate 5 Rory Thornton 4 James King 3 Aaron Jarvis 2 Scott Baldwin 1 PAUL JAMES (C) BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Nicky Smith 18 Dmitri Arhip 19 Adam Beard 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: Matavesi C: Davies P: Davies (3)

SCARLETS: 15 Steff Evans 14 Gareth Owen 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Dan Jones 9 Gareth Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 James Davies 6 John Barclay 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Peter Edwards 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Dylan Evans 18 Samson Lee 19 Maselino Paulino 20 Will Boyde 21 Aled Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Harry Robinson

SCORERS T: van der Merwe C: Jones P: Jones (2), Thomas (4)

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 7 - 6 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Sportsground - Saturday 26 March 2016
KO: 17:15 HT: 7-0 Att: 7,300

 

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Peter Robb 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) 7 Jake Heenan 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Quinn Roux 3 Nathan White 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Andrew Browne 20 Eoin McKeon 21 Caolin Blade 22 Shane O’Leary 23 Robbie Henshaw

SCORERS T: Marmion C: MacGinty

LEINSTER: 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Ian Madigan 9 Luke McGrath 8 Rhys Ruddock 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Ross Molony 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jack McGrath 18 Mike Ross 19 Devin Toner 20 Jamie Heaslip 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Noel Reid 23 Zane Kirchner

SCORERS P: Madigan (2)

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 15 - 16 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Rodney Parade - Sunday 27 March 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-9 Att: tbc

 

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Nic Cudd 6 Lewis Evans 5 Rynard Landman 4 Cory Hill 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Phil Price BENCH: Hugh Gustafson Boris Stankovich Lloyd Fairbrother Matthew Screech Ed Jackson Charlie Davies Angus O'Brien Adam Hughes

SCORERS T: Amos (2) C: Jones P: Jones

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Michael Allen 12 Sam Beard 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 ROSS FORD (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sean Kenned 22 Chris Dean 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Watson C: Hidalgo-Clyne P: Kinghorn, Hidalgo-Clyne (2)

Referee: George Clancy

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Rescheduled MatchesGuinness PRO12 Rearranged

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 37 - 28 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park Friday 18 March 2016
KO: 19:15 HT: 10-8 Att: 5,017

MUNSTER'S play-off charge was derailed in Wales as Rhys Patchell produced an impressive showing as Cardiff Blues claimed a 37-28 GUINNESS PRO12 win. Tries from Macauley Cook, Matthew Rees, Garyn Smith and Patchell did the damage as Cardiff ended a run of poor form in the competition, with Darren Sweetnam, Mike Sherry and Jack O'Donoghue late on replying for Munster. Patchell ended with 19 points as Cardiff Blues claimed the bonus-point win after scoring four tries en route to claiming the points.

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Blaine Scully 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Navidi 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Macauley Cook 5 Josh Turnbull 4 Cam Dolan 3 Salesi Ma'afu 2 MATTHEW REES (C) 1 Brad Thyer BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Thomas Davies 18 Taufa'ao Filise 19 Lou Reed 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Gavin Evans

SCORERS T: Cook, Rhys, Smith, Patchell C: Patchell (4) P: Patchell (2), Evans

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 Robin Copeland 7 Dave O'Callaghan 6 Jack O'Donoghue 5 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 4 Dave Foley 3 John Ryan 2 Mike Sherry 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Stephen Archer 19 Sean McCarthy 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Johnny Holland 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: Sweetnam, Sherry, O'Donoghue C: Keatley, Holland P: Keatley (2), Holland

Referee: David Wilkinson

†Rescheduled from Week 12

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 12 - 6 LEINSTER Leinster Rugby

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 18 March 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 6-6 Att: 6,800

A vintage kicking performance from Rory Clegg on his return to Glasgow Warriors saw them edge out Leinster 12-6 in a tryless affair at Scotstoun. The first half belonged to the defences with the sides level following a pair of Isa Nacewa and Rory Clegg penalties apiece, before the latter struck another two early in the second period. Leinster have set the standard defensively in the PRO12 this season, but it was the Warriors' defence who came up trumps this time, as they weathered a late storm from the visitors to hold out and move into the top six.

WARRIORS: 15 PETER MURCHIE (C) 14 Lee Jones 13 Mark Bennett 12 Sam Johnson 11 Rory Hughes 10 Rory Clegg 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Simone Favaro 6 James Eddie 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Scott Cummings 20 Tyrone Holmes 21 Ali Price 22 Nick Grigg 23 Glenn Bryce

SCORERS P: Clegg (4)

Leinster: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 ISA NACEWA (C) 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Dave Kearney 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jordi Murphy 7 Dan Leavy 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Mick Kearney 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 James Tracy 1 Peter Dooley BENCH: 16 Bryan Byrne 17 Jeremy Loughman 18 Michael Bent 19 Ross Molony 20 Peadar Timmins 21 Isaac Boss 22 Joey Carbery 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS P: Nacewa (2)

Referee: George Clancy

†Rescheduled from Week 9

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Week 17Guinness PRO12 Week 17

SCARLETS survived a second-half scare from bottom-of-the-table Benetton Treviso as Steffan Evans inspired a 24-15 victory at Parc y Scarlets. The Welsh region raced to a 14-0 lead inside the opening quarter after a superb Steffan Evans finish and James Davies score soon after. But Robert Barbieri's double in the second period saw the visitors go ahead only for Dan Jones' penalty and a second try for Steffan Evans to save Scarlets' blushes and boost their GUINNESS PRO12 play-off hopes.

CONNACHT extended their lead at the top of the table with a 28-23 victory away to Edinburgh, who secured a losing bonus point with the final kick of the game. Tries from AJ MacGinty, Jake Heenan and Bundee Aki either side of the break meant Pat Lam's men enjoyed a 21-5 lead early in the second half. But Damien Hoyland and Cornell du Preez followed Chris Dean's earlier score to move Edinburgh to within a point of the visitors before Eoin McKeon's try bonus point finish gave Connacht breathing space. And Sam Hidalgo-Clyne ensured Edinburgh did not finish empty handed with a penalty when the clock had surpassed 80 minutes. The victory was Connacht's third consecutive away win in the league - the first time they had achieved the feat since the 2002/3 season.

ULSTER put recent poor form firmly behind them in the PRO12 as they ended a two-game losing run against Zebre thanks to an all-star showing by fly-half Paddy Jackson and No.8 Nick Williams. Having lost against Cardiff Blues and Scarlets in their last two encounters; Ulster knew nothing but a win would do if they are to retain their ambitions of claiming an end-of-season play-off place.

LEINSTER were made to work hard to preserve their 100 per cent home winning record in the PRO12 with a 19-16 victory over the Ospreys. Dan Leavy grabbed the only try of the first half, while the book of Ian Madigan ensured Leinster went into the break with a comfortable lead. No team has conceded fewer tries than Leinster this season and Ospreys had to work hard to fight their way back into the game. They did exactly that through an all-action Dan Baker before piling forward in search of a winning score but it eluded them.

DAVE KILCOYNE'S try-double saw Munster move into fifth as they swept Newport Gwent Dragons aside to win 26-5 at Thomond Park. The hosts led 12-0 at the interval thanks to tries from Dave Kilcoyne and Rory Scannell, with Newport struggling to make any impact inside the Munster 22. And Kilcoyne's second put the game to bed, despite Hallam Amos' score immediately afterwards, and James Cronin's late bonus-point try saw Anthony Foley's side leapfrog Edinburgh, who were narrowly beaten 28-23 by Connacht on Friday evening, in the PRO12 standings.

A first-half blitz ensured Glasgow Warriors maintained their impeccable recent home record with a 27-20 victory over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun. Tries from Gordon Reid and Tim Swinson, coupled with a pair of Duncan Weir penalties, helped Glasgow into a 20-0 lead at the break. To their credit, the Blues made more of the running in the second half as Dan Fish's score brought them back into it. And although Simone Favaro crossed for the Warriors, late tries from Ellis Jenkins and Macauley Cook ensured that the visitors returned to Cardiff with a losing bonus point to their name. Glasgow have still only lost one home GUINNESS PRO12 clash since round one - a 14-11 loss to Edinburgh on January 2 - as they continue to look up the table at the play-off places.

RESULTS

ScarletsSCARLETS 24 - 15 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 04 March 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 14-3 Att: 5,236

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Steff Evans 13 Regan King 12 HADLEIGH PARKES (C) 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 John Barclay 7 James Davies 6 Maselino Paulino 5 David Bulbring 4 Jake Ball 3 Peter Edwards 2 Kirby Myhill 1 Dylan Evans BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Phil John 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Tom Price 20 Will Boyde 21 Connor Lloyd 22 Dan Jones 23 Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Steffan Evans (2) Jamie Davies C: Thomas (2), Jones P: Jones

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Tommaso Iannone 10 Sam Christie 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Federico Zani 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Filippo Filippetto 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Dean Budd 21 Abraham Steyn 22 Chris Smylie 23 Simone Ragusi

SCORERS T: Barbieri (2) C: Hayward P: Hayward Yellow Card Lucchese

Referee: John Lacey

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 23 - 28 CONNACHTConnacht Rugby

BT Murrayfield - Friday 04 March 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 0-14 Att: 3,584

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Chris Dean 12 Matt Scott 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Sam Beard 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Dean Hoyland du Preez C: Hidalgo-Clyne P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2) Yellow Card Bresler

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) 7 Jake Heenan 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Quinn Roux 3 Nathan White 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Finlay Bealham 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Danny Qualter 20 Eoin McKeon 21 Caolin Blade 22 Peter Robb 23 Fionn Carr

SCORERS T: MacGinty Heenan Aki McKeon C: Ronaldson (2) MacGinty Yellow Card O'Halloran

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 32 - 0 ZEBRE RUGBY Zebre

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 04 March 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 20-0 Att: 15,726

 

ULSTER: 15 Craig Gilroy 14 Rory Scholes 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart Olding 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Chris Henry 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Pete Browne 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Kyle McCall BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Callum Black 18 Andrew Warwick 19 Roger Wilson 20 Sean Reidy 21 Paul Marshall 22 Sam Windsor 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: Williams (2) Browne Paul Marshall C: Jackson (3) P: Jackson (2)

ZEBRE: 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Giulio Toniolatti 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Edoardo Padovani 9 Fabio Semenzato 8 Federico Ruzza 7 Johan Meyer 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea De Marchi BENCH: 16 Emiliano Coria 17 Guillermo Roan 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Luke Burgess 22 Ian McKinley 23 Ulrich Beyers

Referee: George Clancy

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 19 - 16 OSPREYSOspreys

RDS Arena - Saturday 05 March 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 16-3 Att: 10,897

 

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 ISA NACEWA (C) 10 Ian Madigan 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jordi Murphy 7 Dan Leavy 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mick Kearney 4 Ross Molony 3 Mike Ross 2 Sean Cronin 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Hayden Triggs 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS T: Leavy C: Madigan P: Madigan (4)

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Josh Matavesi 12 Owen Watkin 11 Ben John 10 Sam Davies 9 RHYS WEBB (C) 8 Dan Baker 7 Olly Cracknell 6 James King 5 Rory Thornton 4 Tyler Ardron 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH:16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Ma’afu Fia 19 Adam Beard 20 Joe Bearman 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Jonathan Spratt 23 Tom Grabham

SCORERS T: Baker C: Davies P: Davies (3)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 26 - 5 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Thomond Park - Saturday 05 March 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 12-0 Att: 13,552

 

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Simon Zebo 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 Jack O'Donoghue 7 Tommy O'Donnell 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 4 Mark Chisholm 3 John Ryan 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 James Cronin 18 Stephen Archer 19 Dave Foley 20 Robin Copeland 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Johnny Holland 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: Kilcoyne (2) Rory Scannell Cronin C: Keatley (2) Johnny Holland

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Jason Tovey 9 Charlie Davies 8 Lewis Evans 7 Nic Cudd 6 Nick Crosswell 5 Matthew Screech 4 Cory Hill 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Shaun Knight 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Rynard Landman 20 Ed Jackson 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Angus O’Brien 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Amos

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW 27 - 20 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Scotstoun Stadium - Sunday 06 March 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 20-0 Att: 6,492

 

WARRIORS: 15 Peter Munchie 14 Lee Jones 13 Mark Bennett 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Rory Hughes 10 Duncan Weir 9 HENRY PYRGOS (C) 8 Leone Nakarawa 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Greg Peterson 4 Tim Swinson 3 Zander Fagerson 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Scott Cummings 20 Simone Favaro 21 Mike Blair 22 Sam Johnson 23 Glenn Bryce

SCORERS T: Reid Swinson Favaro C: Weir (3) P: Weir (2) Yellow Card Cummings

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Blaine Scully 13 Aled Summerhill 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Dan Fish 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Tomos Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Salesi Ma'afu 2 MATTHEW REES (C) 1 Thomas Davies BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Corey Domachowski 18 Taufa'ao Filise 19 Macauley Cook 20 Josh Navidi 21 Lewis Jones 22 Garyn Smith 23 Harri Millard

SCORERS T: Fish Jenkins Cook C: Patchell P: Patchell Yellow Card Summerhill

Referee: Dudley Phillips

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Week 16Guinness PRO12 Week 16

ALEX DUNBAR made a try-scoring return to GUINNESS PRO12 action as Glasgow Warriors recorded just their second win on the road this season. Dunbar recovered from a thigh injury to start at Newport Gwent Dragons and crossed over early in the second half, after Angus O'Brien had booted the hosts into the lead. The Dragons - seeking to arrest a run of three straight defeats - crept into the lead once more but Duncan Weir went over inside the final ten minutes to settle a nervy contest at Rodney Parade and move the Warriors into the top half of the table.

MATT HEALY continued his superb try-scoring form as Connacht made it five wins in a row in all competitions to extend their lead at the PRO12 summit. Connacht welcomed an Ospreys side in search of a fourth straight league win of their own to the Sportsground and flew out the blocks with early tries from man-of-the-match Bundee Aki and AJ MacGinty. Ben John and Dan Baker each crossed over for the visitors before the break but Healy - the leading try-scorer in the GUINNESS PRO12 and coming into the game off the back of a hat-trick against Zebre - scored after it. Last season's leading try-scorer, Rhys Webb, dotted down to bring the Ospreys back into it but the reliable boot of Craig Ronaldson got the home side over the line.

BEN TOOLIS crossed over late on to move Edinburgh closer to the top four with the narrowest of victories over Scarlets. Edinburgh came into the game off the back of four consecutive defeats - all on the road - and home comforts were evident in the early stages as Phil Burleigh crossed over. The Scarlets, who began the day six points behind GUINNESS PRO12 leaders Connacht, responded well and grabbed three first-half tries, through Hadleigh Parkes, James Davies and Steffan Evans, to lead at the break. However, Edinburgh are not easily beaten at BT Murrayfield - they have lost there just once there in all competitions this season - and despite seeing Burleigh have a second try chalked off, second-row Toolis crossed over late on for a 24-23 triumph.

A sensational second-half comeback from Cardiff Blues saw them overhaul Ulster at home to claim their first PRO12 victory in three matches. Three points separated the sides after a tense first half, with Paddy Jackson outscoring Rhys Patchell by two penalties to one, but the fireworks were still to come in the second period. It looked like Craig Gilroy's excellent score was enough for the Ulstermen to take a win home with them, but two tries in the final ten minutes from Patchell and Aled Summerhill turned the game on its head and made the final score 23-13.

MUNSTER’S Ian Keatley held his nerve to bisect the posts five minutes from time and deny Benetton Treviso a third successive PRO12 victory. The Italian side, sitting at the foot of the GUINNESS PRO12 table, have turned a corner in recent weeks and led throughout at Stadio Monigo. Robert Barbieri crossed and full-back Jayden Hayward kept the scoreboard ticking along from the tee. But Munster have not given up hope of securing a top-four finish and two penalties from Keatley in the final 12 minutes took the game away from Treviso.

LEINSTER left in late to secure maximum points against Zebre and close the gap to leaders Connacht. Leo Cullen's side began the weekend as the competition's in-form team, having won nine of their last ten matches - including an eight-try, 52-0 victory over Zebre just two weeks earlier. Luke McGrath crossed over to get them off to a flying start but Zebre are a more resilient side on home soil and the hosts only held a 12-3 lead at the break, Dominic Ryan with the second try. A superb Adam Byrne score widened the gap after half-time but Zebre enjoyed their fair share of possession and territory in the second half and they were rewarded with a Federico Ruzza try. But Dan Leavy crossed over late on to hand Leinster their try bonus point and ensure Connacht, who picked up four points in their 30-22 victory over the Ospreys the previous day, saw their lead at the top cut to just one point.

RESULTS

Newport Gwent DragonsDRAGONS 15 - 8 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Rodney Parade - Thursday 25 February 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 12-6 Att: 4,526

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Angus O'Brien 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Lewis Evans 7 Nic Cudd 6 Nick Crosswell 5 Matthew Screech 4 Cory Hill 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Hugh Gustafson 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Rynard Landman 20 James Benjamin 21 Charlie Davies 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS P: O'Brien (5)

WARRIORS: 15 Peter Murchie 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Glenn Bryce 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Rory Hughes 10 Duncan Weir 9 Mike Blair 8 JOSH STRAUSS (C) 7 Simone Favaro 6 Robert Harley 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Gordon Reid 18 Zander Fagerson 19 James Eddie 20 Chris Fusaro 21 Grayson Hart 22 Fraser Lyle 23 Lee Jones

SCORERS T: Dunbar, Weir C: Weir P: Weir (2) Yellow Card Peterson

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 30 - 22 OSPREYS Ospreys

Sportsground - Saturday 27 February 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 17-15 Att: 5,279

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Caolin Blade 8 JOHN MULDOON (C) 7 Jake Heenan 6 Sean O'Brien 5 Aly Muldowney 4 George Naoupu 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ben Marshall 20 James Connolly 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Peter Robb 23 Danie Poolman

SCORERS T: Aki, MacGinty, Healy C: Ronaldson (3) P: Ronaldson (3)

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 JJ Engelbrecht 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Ben John 10 Sam Davies 9 Rhys Webb 8 Dan Baker 7 Olly Cracknell 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 James King 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 PAUL JAMES (C) BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rynier Bernardo 20 Jordan Collier 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Owen Watkin 23 Eli Walker

SCORERS T: John, Baker, Webb C: Davies (2) P: Davies

Referee: George Clancy

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 24 - 23 SCARLETSScarlets

BT Murrayfield - Sunday 28 February 2016
KO: 14:05 HT: 16-23 Att: 3,618

 

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Michael Allen 12 Sam Beard 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 NEIL COCHRANE (C) 1 Allan Dell BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Grant Sheills 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Nathan Fowles 22 Chris Dean 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Burleigh, Ben Toolis C: Kinghorn P: Kinghorn (4)

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Gareth Owen 13 Regan King 12 HADLEIGH PARKES (C) 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 James Davies 6 Maselino Paulino 5 David Bulbring 4 George Earle 3 Peter Edwards 2 Kirby Myhill 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Rory Pitman 20 Will Boyde 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Dan Jones 23 Steff Evans

SCORERS T: Parkes, James Davies, Steffan Evans

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 23 - 13 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Sunday 28 February 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-6 Att: 5,279

 

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Blaine Scully 13 Aled Summerhill 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tomos Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Salesi Ma’afu 2 MATTHEW REES (C) 1 Brad Thyer BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Thomas Davies 18 Taufa’ao Filise 19 Macauley Cook 20 Josh Navidi 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Patchell, Summerhill C: Patchell (2) P: Patchell (3)

ULSTER: 15 Stuart Olding 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Luke Marshall 12 Sammy Arnold 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 PADDY JACKSON (C) 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Chris Henry 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Pete Browne 3 Bronson Ross 2 John Andrew 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 Jonny Murphy 17 Kyle McCall 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Roger Wilson 20 Sean Reidy 21 Paul Marshall 22 Darren Cave 23 Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Gilroy C: Jackson P: Jackson (2)

Referee: John Lacey

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 13 - 16 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Stadio Monigo - Sunday 28 February 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-5 Att: 1,000

 

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Luca Morisi 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Sam Christie 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Federico Zani 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Filippo Filippetto 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Dean Budd 21 Andrea De Marchi 22 Chris Smylie 23 Tommaso Iannone

SCORERS T: Barbieri C: Hayward P: Hayward (2)

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Gerhard van den Heever 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 Robin Copeland 7 Dave O'Callaghan 6 Jack O'Donoghue 5 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 4 Mark Chisholm 3 John Ryan 2 Mike Sherry 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Peter McCabe 18 Mario Sagario 19 Dave Foley 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Cian Bohane 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: van der Heever, Saili P: Keatley Yellow Card Kilcoyne

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY 10 - 27 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Sunday 28 February 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 3-12 Att: 2,430

 

ZEBRE: 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Giulio Toniolatti 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Ian McKinley 9 Fabio Semenzato 8 Johan Meyer 7 Federico Ruzza 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Guillermo Roan 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Bruno Postiglioni BENCH: 16 Gabriele Morelli 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Gideon Koegelenberg 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Luke Burgess 22 Maicol Azzolini 23 Ulrich Beyers

SCORERS T: Ruzza C: McKinley P: McKinley

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Adam Byrne 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 ISA NACEWA (C) 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jack Conan 7 Dan Leavy 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Mick Kearney 4 Ross Molony 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 James Tracy 1 Peter Dooley BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jeremy Loughman 18 Michael Bent 19 Hayden Triggs 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Nick McCarthy 22 Noel Reid 23 Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: McGrath, Ryan, Byrne; Leavy C: Nacewa (2) P: Nacewa

Referee: Leighton Hodges

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Week 15Guinness PRO12 Week 15

SAM DAVIES kept his nerve from the tee with five penalties as Ospreys come back from behind, thanks to a fine second-half performance, to down Edinburgh 27-13. Edinburgh have now lost their last four fixtures in all competitions, but scored the first try of the match in the first half through prop Allan Dell. But teenage flanker Sam Underhill's try just before the break signalled a change in momentum - and Davies did not miss any opportunity that came his way. He added three penalties in the second half to his two efforts in the first, while Edinburgh kicker Greig Tonks could only muster two of his own. And after Neil Cochrane received a late sin bin, replacement Scott Otten added the gloss for the Welsh region with a late try.

GLENN BRYCE'S late score helped Glasgow Warriors to a 27-24 victory over Munster, enacting some revenge for last year's GUINNESS PRO12 final along the way. In a pulsating first half props Sila Puafisi and Dave Kilcoyne both scored try-doubles, with Duncan Weir out-kicking Ian Keatley to hand Glasgow Warriors a 17-14 half-time lead. And Weir exploded out of the traps after the restart with his superb solo score extending the home side's lead. But Munster refused to lie down and the book of Keatley and a Mike Sherry try got the province back to within two points of their hosts. However, Bryce was on the end of a flowing Warriors move with ten minutes remaining to lead last year's runners-up to just their second win in their last eight games in all competitions.

BENETTON TREVISO held on after Angus O'Brien's last-ditch drop goal hit the post, as the Italians picked up their second PRO12 win on the spin with a 19-17 triumph over Newport Gwent Dragons. Treviso had ended their 20-game wait for a win against Cardiff Blues last week - and that confidence had clearly buoyed them here. Hallam Amos may have cancelled out Angelo Esposito's early try, efforts either side of half-time from Filo Paulo and Ludovico Nitoglia put Treviso in the driving seat. Angus O'Brien did outgun Jayden Hayward by seven points to four from the tee but the Dragons fly-half fell short with his final kick to send the Italians into raptures.

ISA NACEWA'S try on the hour mark proved just enough for Leinster to return to the top of the table as they survived late pressure from Cardiff Blues to secure a narrow 14-13 victory. Leinster entered this game with the best defence in the PRO12, having conceded just 13 tries, and that record did not look in threat as the first half saw Ian Madigan kick two penalties to Gareth Anscombe's one for a narrow 6-3 lead. With the wind causing havoc at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, it was more of the same after the break until captain Nacewa dotted down to hand Leinster some breathing space. The Blues did break Leinster's impressive rearguard though as Josh Navidi went over with two minutes remaining, Rhys Patchell's conversion bringing the hosts to within a point. But as Patchell looked to win it with a last-gasp drop goal, Eoin Reddan blocked the ball and Cardiff's record against Leinster now reads one win in their last 19 games.

MATT HEALY scored a hat-trick as both sides threw caution to the wind at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, but it was Connacht who came out on top in a 51-34 thriller against Zebre. Healy and Kieran Marmion crossed for Connacht and Johan Meyer responded for Zebre just before half-time, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Connacht - already the PRO12's top try-scorers with 36 before the game - found more joy through Healy and Niyi Adeolokun each adding a brace after half-time. Kelly Haimona - who added two penalties and four conversions - and Dries van Schalkwyk also scored to make sure the Irish province did not have it all their own way. Federico Ruzza also touched down for the hosts but Connacht, who were also helped along by AJ MacGinty's 12 points, went to the top of the table.

MICHAEL COLLINS scored a brace as the Scarlets beat Ulster 21-20 at the Kingspan Stadium to cement their place in the top four of the GUINNESS PRO12. Collins scored two first-half tries for the Scarlets but Ulster were able to go in ahead at half-time thanks to scores from Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall. The second half was not as open but remained just as tense, with Aled Thomas' boot doing just enough to kick the Scarlets to victory.

RESULTS

Ospreys OSPREYS 27 - 13 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Liberty Stadium - Friday 19 February 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 13-13 Att: 7,264

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 JJ Engelbrecht 12 Owen Watkin 11 Ben John 10 Sam Davies 9 BRENDON LEONARD (C) 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Dan Lydiate 5 Rory Thornton 4 James King 3 Ma’afu Fia 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rynier Bernardo 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Josh Matavesi 23 Eli Walker

SCORERS T: Underhill, Otten C: Davies P: Davies (5) Yellow Card Lydiate

EDINBURGH: 15 Greig Tonks 14 Dougie Fife 13 Michael Allen 12 Sam Beard 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 NEIL COCHRANE (C) 1 Allan Dell BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Grant Sheills 18 Simon Berghan 19 Grant Gilchrist 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyde 22 Chris Dean 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS T: Dell C: Tonks P: Tonks (2) Yellow Card Cochrane

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 19 - 17 DRAGONS Newport Gwent Dragons

Stadio Monigo - Friday 19 February 2016
KO: 19:10 HT: 14-10 Att: 1,900

 

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Luca Morisi 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Sam Christie 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Dean Budd 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Andrea De Marchi 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Cherif Traorè BENCH: 16 Filippo Filippetto 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Manu Salesi 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Marco Barbini 21 Robert Barbieri 22 Chris Smylie 23 Tommaso Iannone

SCORERS T: Esposito, Paulo, Nitoglia C: Hayward (2)

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Angus O'Brien 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Nick Crosswell 7 Nic Cudd 6 Ben White 5 Rynard Landman 4 Cory Hill 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Hugh Gustafson 18 Shaun Knight 19 Matthew Screech 20 Lewis Evans 21 Charlie Davies 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Amos, Hill C: O'Brien (2) P: O'Brien

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 27 - 24 MUNSTER Munster Rugby

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 20 February 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 14-17 Att: 7,212

 

WARRIORS: 15 Peter Murchie 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Glenn Bryce 12 Peter Horne 11 Sean Lamont 10 Duncan Weir 9 Ali Price 8 JOSH STRAUSS (C) 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Tim Swinson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 James Malcolm 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Cammy Fenton 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Greg Peterson 20 Simone Favaro 21 Grayson Hart 22 Fraser Lyle 23 Rory Hughes

SCORERS T: Puafisi (2), Weir, Bryce C: Weir (2) P: Weir

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 David Johnston 12 Rory Scannell 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Ian Keatley 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Robin Copeland 7 Tommy O’Donnell 6 Jack O’Donoghue 5 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 John Ryan 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 James Cronin 18 Mario Sagario 19 Dave Foley 20 Conor Oliver 21 Duncan Williams 22 Johnny Holland 23 Cian Bohane

SCORERS T: Kilcoyne (2), Sherry C: Keatley (3) P: Keatley Yellow Card O'Leary, Cronin

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 13 - 14 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 20 February 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-6 Att: 5,321

 

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Cory Allen 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Blaine Scully 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 LLOYD WILLIAMS (C) 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Salesi Ma’afu 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Thomas Davies BENCH: 16 Matthew Rees 17 Bradley Thyer 18 Taufa’ao Filise 19 Macauley Cook 20 Josh Navidi 21 Tomos Williams 22 Tom James 23 Dan Fish

SCORERS T: Navidi C: Patchell P: Anscombe (2)

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 ISA NACEWA (C) 10 Ian Madigan 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jack Conan 7 Jordi Murphy 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Mick Kearney 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Sean Cronin 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Peter Dooley 18 Mike Ross 19 Tom Denton 20 Dan Leavy 21 Nick McCarthy 22 Noel Reid 23 Adam Byrne

SCORERS T: Nacewa P: Madigan (3) Yellow Card McFadden, Murphy

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY 34 - 51 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 19 February 2016
KO: 17:30 HT: 13-17 Att: 1,850

 

ZEBRE: 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Giulio Toniolatti 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Gideon Koegelenberg 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Bruno Postiglioni BENCH: 16 Emiliano Coria 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Matteo Panunzi 22 Ulrich Beyers 23 Tommaso Boni

SCORERS T: Meyer, Haimona, van Schalkwyk, Ruzza C: Haimona (4) P: Haimona (2)

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoin McKeon 7 Jake Heenan 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Ben Marshall 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 George Naoupu 20 Eoghan Masterson 21 Caolin Blade 22 Peter Robb 23 Danie Poolman

SCORERS T: Healy (3), Marmion, Adeolokun (2) C: Ronaldson (3), MacGinty (3) P: Ronaldson, MacGinty (2)

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 20 - 21 SCARLETSScarlets

Kingspan Stadium - Sunday 21 February 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 17-15 Att: 15,201

 

ULSTER: 15 Stuart Olding 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Darren Cave 12 Luke Marshall 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 PADDY JACKSON (C) 9 Paul Marshall 8 Roger Wilson 7 Chris Henry 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Ricky Lutton 2 John Andrew 1 Andrew Warwick BENCH: 16 Johnny Murphy 17 Kyle McCall 18 Bronson Ross 19 Pete Browne 20 Clive Ross 21 Ruan Pienaar 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Sammy Arnold

SCORERS T: Gilroy, Luke Marshall C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson DG: Jackson Yellow Card Henry

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Gareth Owen 13 Regan King 12 HADLEIGH PARKES (C) 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 Will Boyde 6 Aaron Shingler 5 David Bulbring 4 George Earle 3 Peter Edwards 2 Kirby Myhill 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Maselino Paulino 20 Rory Pitman 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Dan Jones 23 Steffan Evans

SCORERS T: Collins (2) C: Thomas P: Thomas (3)

Referee: Ian Davies

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Week 14Guinness PRO12 Week 14

BUNDEE AKI scored the fourth and winning Connacht try as they returned to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 table with a 26-21 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade. Newport Gwent Dragons led 15-14 at half-time as tries by Adam Hughes and Ashton Hewitt were added to by the boots of Jason Tovey and Angus O'Brien. That meant first-half scores for visiting Matt Healy and Tiernan O'Halloran were cancelled out, but while the hosts could only add two Angus O'Brien penalties after the break Connacht had no trouble crossing the whitewash. They did so through Eoghan Masterson and Bundee Aki to secure the bonus point and a return to the summit of the PRO12, while Newport Gwent Dragons' run of winless games against Connacht stretches to seven.

LEINSTER amassed a half-century of points to see off Zebre in a dominant display at the RDS and move to within one point of the summit. The hosts, who are now unbeaten in ten at the RDS in the league, earned a bonus point by half-time as Hayden Triggs, Isa Nacewa, Luke McGrath and Adam Byrne each crossed over. Zebre, chasing a third win in four PRO12 games, showed some resolve early in the second-half but eventually Leinster's class told. Jordi Murphy, Sean Cronin, Garry Ringrose and Cian Kelleher added further tries as they completed a 52-0 triumph to keep their play-off ambitions on track.

CALLUM BLACK crashed over the try line on his 100th Ulster appearance as the hosts saw off Glasgow Warriors 13-10 at the Kingspan Stadium. Despite the visitors going ahead early through Lee Jones' first PRO12 try of the season, in-form Ulster slowly battled back with Black's converted second-half try opening up some breathing space. Penalties for Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson also kept the hosts in the driving seat and while Taqele Naiyaravoro got a late consolation to earn Glasgow a losing bonus point, Ulster still extended their recent run to just one loss in their last six PRO12 fixtures.

ALED THOMAS held his nerve to score a last-gasp penalty and help Scarlets snatch a 22-21 victory against Edinburgh. The Welsh region looked to be cruising to victory with a 13-3 half-time lead and that had been extended to 19-6 as the clock crept towards the hour-mark. But tries from Cornell Du Preez and Alex Toolis turned the game on its head, before Thomas's late score saved their blushes and moved Scarlets to within a point of pace-setters Ulster.

BENETTON TREVISO produced a heroic defensive effort to claim their first PRO12 win in almost a year. The Italian side welcomed Cardiff Blues to the Stadio Monigo on a run of 20 straight league defeats - stretching back to 20 February 2015, when they beat the Blues at the same venue. Cardiff, who arrived in Italy in search of a fifth consecutive PRO12 win for the first time since 2010, were a point to the good at half time after Blaine Scully crossed over. However, a penalty try early in the second half and a stubborn defensive display for much of the final 20 minutes secured a hard-fought 13-7 triumph.

MUNSTER slipped to their first defeat at Irish Independent Park for three years as the Ospreys came from behind to grind out victory. The Irish province have an impressive record at the Cork venue and they began well, with Duncan Williams opening the scoring with the first try. Sam Davies hit back before Francis Saili and Robin Copeland crossed over either side of the break to put the hosts in charge. However, Owen Watkin climbed off the bench to pull a try back and the boot of fly-half Davies saw them over the line, moving the Ospreys to within three points of the top six.

RESULTS

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 21 - 26 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Rodney Parade - Thursday 11 February 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 15-14 Att: 4,128

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Nick Crosswell 7 Nic Cudd 6 Ben White 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Shaun Knight 19 Cory Hill 20 James Benjamin 21 Charlie Davies 22 Angus O'Brien 23 Geraint Rhys Jones

SCORERS T: Hughes, Hewitt C: O'Brien P: Tovey, O'Brien (2)

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Caolin Blade 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Jake Heenan 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 George Naoupu 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Eoin McKeon 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Peter Robb 23 Rory Parata

SCORERS T: Healy, O'Halloran, Masterson, Aki C: Ronaldson (14, 22, 69)

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 52 - 0 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

RDS Arena - Friday 12 February 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 26-0 Att: 8,612

 

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Adam Byrne 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te'o 11 ISA NACEWA (C) 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Isaac Boss 8 Jordi Murphy 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Hayden Triggs 4 Ross Molony 3 Mike Ross 2 James Tracy 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Michael Bent) 19 Tom Denton 20 Dan Leavy 21 Luke McGrath 22 Noel Reid 23 Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Triggs, Nacewa, McGrath, Byrne, Murphy, Cronin, Ringrose, Kelleher C: Nacewa (3), Marsh (3)

ZEBRE: 15 Ulrich Beyers 14 Dion Berryman 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Maicol Azzolini 9 Luke Burgess 8 Jean Cook 7 Johan Meyer 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Gideon Koegelenberg 3 Guillermo Roan 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Bruno Postiglioni BENCH: 16 Emiliano Coria 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Giulio Toniolatti 22 Mils Muliaina 23 Abou Souare

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER 13 - 10 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 12 February 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 3-5 Att: 16,477

 

ULSTER: 15 Stuart Olding 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Sam Windsor 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Kyle McCall 18 Bronson Ross 19 Chris Henry 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Sammy Arnold

SCORERS T: Black C: Jackson P: Pienaar, Jackson

WARRIORS: 15 Peter Murchie 14 Lee Jones 13 Glenn Bryce 12 Sam Johnson 11 Rory Hughes 10 Gregor Hunter 9 Ali Price 8 RYAN WILSON (C) 7 Simone Favaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Ryan Grant BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Alex Allan 18 D'arcy Rae 19 Josh Strauss 20 Chris Fusaro 21 Grayson Hart 22 Peter Horne 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Jones, Naiyaravoro Yellow Card Wilson

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 22 - 21 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 12 February 2016
KO: 20:15 HT: 13-3 Att: tbc

 

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Gareth Owen 13 Regan King 12 HADLEIGH PARKES (C) 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Steven Shingler 9 Rhodri Williams 8 Morgan Allen 7 Will Boyde 6 Aaron Shingler  5 David Bulbring 4 George Earle 3 Peter Edwards 2 Kirby Myhill 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Rory Pitman 20 Steff Hughes 21 Aled Davies 22 Aled Thomas 23 Steff Evans

SCORERS T: Allen C: Steve Shingler P: Steve Shingler, Thomas (4)

EDINBURGH: 15 Greig Tonks 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Michael Allan 12 Sam Beard 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9   Nathan Fowles 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Jamie Ritchie 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Blair Kinghorn 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: du Preez, Alex Toolis C: Tonks P: Fowles (2), Tonks

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 13 - 7 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Stadio Monigo - Saturday 13 February 2016
KO: 13:30 HT: 6-7 Att: 2,500

 

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Luca Morisi 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Tommaso Iannone 10 Sam Christie 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Dean Budd 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Andrea De Marchi 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Paulo 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Luca Bigi 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Federico Zani 17 Matteo Muccignat 18 Filippo Filippetto 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Marco Barbini 21 Chris Smylie 22 Enrico Bacchin 23 Angelo Esposito

SCORERS T: PT C: Hayward P: Hayward (2)

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Blaine Scully 13 Cory Allen 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Dan Fish 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 ELLIS JENKINS (C) 6 Josh Navidi 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Salesi Ma'afu 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Thomas Davies BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Bradley Thyer 18 Taufa'ao Filise 19 Lou Reed 20 Macauley Cook 21 Tomos Williams 22 Garyn Smith 23 Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Scully C: Patchell

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Munster Rugby MUNSTER RUGBY 17 - 21 OSPREYS Ospreys

Irish Independent Park - Sunday 14 February 2016
KO: 17:00 HT: 12-10 Att: tbc

 

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 Jack O'Donoghue 7 Dave O'Callaghan 6 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Dave Foley 3 John Ryan 2 Mike Sherry 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Peter McCabe 18 Mario Sagario 19 Robin Copeland 20 Shane Buckley 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Cian Bohane 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: Williams, Saili, Copeland C: Keatley

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Tom Grabham 13 JJ Engelbrecht 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Ben John 10 Sam Davies 9 BRENDON LEONARD (C) 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 Rynier Bernardo 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Ma'afu Fia 19 Adam Beard 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Rhys Webb 22 Owen Watkin 23 Tom Habberfield

SCORERS T: Davies, Watkin C: Davies P: Davies (3)

Referee: Leighton Hodges

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Rescheduled MatchesGuinness PRO12 Week 12 RA

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 17 - 15 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 05 February 2016
KO: 19:35 HT: 7-10 Att: 13,768

PADDY JACKSON'S nerveless late penalty sent Ulster to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 as they came from behind to edge past Newport Gwent Dragons 17-15 at the Kingspan Stadium. The Dragons had not won in Belfast since September 2008 but a lightning start saw them go 10-0 up as Adam Hughes dotted down Carl Meyer's grubber kick although Sean Reidy's try narrowed the deficit to 10-7 at the break. Meyer then got a score of his own early in the second half to extend the Dragons' lead before a penalty try trimmed the gap to one and Jackson nailed a tricky penalty two minutes from time to give Ulster a dramatic victory. The Welsh side looked like a constant danger on the counter attack, while defending manfully throughout, and will consider themselves unlucky to have left with only a losing bonus point.

ULSTER: 15 Louis Ludik 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart Olding 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Ian Humphreys 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Roger Wilson 7 Sean Reidy 6 Robbie Diack 5 Peter Browne 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Kyle McCall 18 Bronson Ross 19 Clive Ross 20 Nick Williams 21 Paul Marshall 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Reidy, PT C: Humphreys, Jackson P: Jackson

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Angus O’Brien 9 Charlie Davies 8 Ed Jackson 7 Nic Cudd 6 Ben White 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Shaun Knight 19 Cory Hill 20 James Benjamin 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Nick Scott

SCORERS T: Hughes, Meyer C: O'Brien P: O'Brien Yellow Card Screech, White

Referee: Nigel Owens

†Rescheduled from Week 12

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Week 13Guinness PRO12 Week 13

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS coped better in difficult conditions to end Leinster's seven-match winning run at Rodney Parade with a 23-13 victory. First-half tries from Ashton Hewitt and Jason Tovey proved the difference for the Welsh side who had a comfortable 17-10 lead going into the break. Leinster had responded with a converted Luke McGrath try and a penalty of their own, but the homeside took full advantage of Dan Leavy in the bin, notching up 10 points in 10 minutes. The second half saw only two penalties from the Dragons, as Leinster had c.80% possession and territory, but failed to turn that crucial advantage points, not helped by being down to 14 men for the last ten minutes with Fergus McFadden shown yellow. In the end Tovey added a late penalty to seal the win and deny the visitors even a losing bonus point.

CONNACHT'S forwards bullied Scarlets' pack into submission at Sportsground as Pat Lam's men recorded their first GUINNESS PRO12 win since December 11 with a 30-17 victory. The Irish side's pack scored three tries from catch-and-drives either side of half-time - two for Jake Heenan and one for Denis Buckley - and grabbed the try bonus point courtesy of Rodney Ah You. DTH Van Der Merwe had gone over early in the second half to give the PRO12 leaders hope but Connacht's dominance upfront meant the contest was already over by the time Gareth Owen scored the Welsh region's second try late on.

MUNSTER kept their play-off ambitions on track with a hardfought 16-12 win over Zebre at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. Lying in fifth coming into the game, Munster were playing their first league match since early January, and showed all their experience to grind out the win. In foggy conditions at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, it was the visitors who led narrowly at half-time, 13-12, thanks to a converted try from Mark Chisholm and two Ian Keatley penalties. Zebre stayed in it though, largely thanks to the efforts of fly-half Kelly Haimona, who knocked over four first-half penalties. But a drop goal from Keatley after the break proved enough to stretch Munster clear and they saw out the remainder of the game.

DAN FISH'S early try proved to be the difference as Cardiff Blues notched a fourth consecutive PRO12 triumph in a low-scoring affair with Edinburgh at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. After going seven league games without a win at one point this term, the Blues are now right back in form as they dealt high-flying Edinburgh's top-four chances a real blow with a 10-3 triumph. Fish crossed the whitewash inside two minutes while Rhys Patchell kicked the other five points for the hosts and Nathan Fowles' first-half penalty was all Edinburgh could muster in response. Manoa Vosawai was a constant thorn in the Scottish outfit's side and head coach Danny Wilson will be delighted that his troops made BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park a fortress, as he requested in the build-up to this clash.

SEAN REIDY'S try broke Benetton Treviso's resistance in the second half as Ulster's patience paid off in a 32-13 victory at Stadio Monigo. Ian Humphreys scored two penalties to Jayden Hayward's one before the break as Ulster took in a 6-3 lead - though Treviso had put the visitors under periods of heavy pressure. But the dam burst when Reidy crossed in the 52nd minute, as he was quickly followed by Darren Cave and Rory Scholes. The bonus point was the only question left at that stage and it came via the lively Stuart Olding before Braam Steyn got a deserved try for the hosts.

DAN EVANS' late try earned Ospreys a 20-20 draw in an entertaining clash with Glasgow Warriors at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. A share of the spoils means the Welsh side stay seventh in the table while last year's champions stay eighth - albeit with two games in hand. Duncan Weir had kicked the Warriors into an early lead before Eli Walker's fine try put the hosts in front. But Rory Hughes and Gordon Reid scored either side of the interval for the visitors and they looked well placed to hold on for a 20-13 victory. The Ospreys have only won one of their last nine fixtures with the Warriors but their recent home record has been impressive this season and Sam Davies fed Evans late on for a vital score. The fly-half slotted the conversion to level the scores and could even have won it late on but pulled a drop goal attempt wide and the Warriors will head back north with a share of the spoils.

RESULTS

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 23 - 13 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Rodney Parade - Friday 29 January 2016
KO: 19:05 HT: 17-10 Att: 4,303

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Lewis Evans 7 Nic Cudd 6 Nick Crosswell 5 Matthew Screech 4 Rynard Landman 3 Brok Harris 2 RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 Cory Hill 20 James Benjamin 21 Charlie Davies 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Nick Scott

SCORERS T: Hewitt, Tovey C: Tovey (2) P: Tovey (2) DG: Tovey

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Adam Byrne 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Fergus McFadden 10 Cathal Marsh 9 LUKE MCGRATH (C) 8 Peter Dooley 7 James Tracy 6 Michael Bent 5 Ross Molony 4 Hayden Triggs 3 Dominic Ryan 2 Dan Leavy 1 Jodi Murphy BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Jeremy Loughman 18 Oisin Heffernan 19 Tadhg Beirne 20 Peadar Timmins 21 Isaac Boss 22 Ian Madigan 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS T: McGrath C: McFadden P: McFadden (2) Yellow Card Leavy, McFadden

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 30 - 17 SCARLETSScarlets

Sportsground - Saturday 30 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-0 Att: 5,292

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Caolin Blade 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Jake Heenan 6 John Muldoon (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 George Naoupu 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Ultan Dillane 20 James Connolly 21 Ian Porter 22 Craig Ronaldson 23 Rory Parata

SCORERS T: Heenan (2), Buckley, Ah You C: Carty (2) P: Carty (2) Yellow Card Heffernan

SCARLETS: 15 Liam Williams 14 Tom Williams 13 Gareth Owen 12 HADLEIGH PARKES (C) 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Rhodri Williams 8 Morgan Allen 7 Will Boyde 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Tom Price 3 Rhodri Jones 2 Ryan Elias 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Dylan Evans 18 Peter Edwards 19 Jack Jones 20 Tom Phillips 21 Connor Lloyd 22 Steven Shingler 23 Michael Collins

SCORERS T: van der Merwe, Owen C: Thomas (2) P: Thomas Yellow Card John, Price

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY 12 - 16 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 30 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-13 Att: 2,400

 ZEBRE: 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Dion Berryman 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Michele Visentin 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Luke Burgess 8 Jean Cook 7 Johan Meyer 6 Emiliano Caffini 5 MARCO BORTOLAMI (C) 4 Gideon Koegelenberg 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Oliviero Fabiani 1 Andrea De Marchi BENCH: 16 Emiliano Coria 17 Bruno Postiglioni 18 Guillermo Roan 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Giulio Toniolatti 22 Mils Muliaina 23 Ulrich Beyers

SCORERS P: Haimona(4) Yellow Card Fabiani

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Darren Sweetnam 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Ian Keatley 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Robin Copeland 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 BILLY HOLLAND (C) 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Dave Foley 3 John Ryan 2 Niall Scannell 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Mario Sagario 19 Dave O'Callaghan 20 Shane Buckley 21 Duncan Williams 22 Cian Bohane 23 Gerhard van den Heever

SCORERS T: Chisholm C: Keatley P: Keatley (2) DG: Keatley Yellow Card O'Callaghan

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 10 - 3 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 30 January 2016
KO: 17:15 HT: 10-3 Att: 6,058

 

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Blaine Scully 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Gavin Evans 11 Aled Summerhill 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Josh Navidi 6 Ellis Jenkins 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata3 Salesi Ma'afu 2 MATTHEW REES (C) 1 Thomas Davies BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Bradley Thyer 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Macauley Cook 20 Jevon Groves 21 Tomos Williams 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Elis-Wyn Benham

SCORERS T: Fish C: Patchell P: Patchell

EDINBURGH: 15 Greig Tonks 14 Dougie Fife 13 Michael Allen 12 Andries Strauss 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Nathan Fowles 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 Jamie Ritchie 5 MIKE COMAN (C) 4 Alex Toolis 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Magnus Bradbury 20 George Turner 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Will Helu 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS P: Fowles Yellow Card Sutherland

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

 Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 13 - 32 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Stadio Monigo - Saturday 30 January 2016
KO: 18:00 HT: 3-6 Att: 2,500

 

TREVISO: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Enrico Bacchin 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Tommaso Iannone 10 Sam Christie 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Marco Lazzaroni 6 Andrea De Marchi 5 Tom Palmer 4 Filo Palmer 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Roberto Santamaria 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Filippo Filippetto 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Abraham Steyn 21 James Ambrosini 22 Simone Ragusi 23 Andrea Pratichetti

SCORERS T: Steyn C: Hayward P: Hayward (2)

ULSTER: 15 Louis Ludik 14 Rory Scholes 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart Olding 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Ian Humphreys 9 Paul Marshall 8 Roger Wilson 7 Sean Reidy 6 Clive Ross 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Andrew Warwick 18 Bronson Ross 19 Pete Browne 20 Lorcan Dow 21 Dave Shanahan 22 Luke Marshall 23 Jacob Stockdale

SCORERS T: Reidy, Cave, Scholes, Olding C Humphreys (2), Olding P: Humphreys (2)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

OspreysOSPREYS 20 - 20 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Liberty Stadium - Sunday 31 January 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 10-13 Att: 7,239

 

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Tom Grabham 13 Owen Watkin 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Sam Davies 9 BRENDON LEONARD (C) 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 Rynier Bernardo 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Ma’afu Fia 19 Adam Beard 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Ben John 23 JJ Engelbrecht

SCORERS T: Walker, Evans C: Davies (2) P: Davies (2)

WARRIORS: 15 Peter Murchie 14 Lee Jones 13 Taqele Naiyaravoro 12 Sam Johnson 11 Rory Hughes 10 Duncan Weir 9 Grayson Hart 8 RYAN WILSON (C) 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Ryan Grant BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Gordon Reid 18 D’Arcy Rae 19 Josh Strauss 20 James Eddie 21 Ali Price 22 Gregor Hunter 23 Glenn Bryce

SCORERS T: Hughes, Reid C: Weir (2) P: Weir (2)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

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Week 12Guinness PRO12 Week 12

DAMIEN HOYLAND completed a try-double in the closing stages as Edinburgh powered to a comfortable 28-13 victory over Benetton Treviso, as they built on their successful 1872 Cup defence over the festive period. Treviso, on a 22-game losing streak in all competitions, had decided to part ways with coach Umberto Casellato during the week - with former full-back Marius Goosen chosen as the man to take the helm. Though Treviso battled back from an early deficit thanks to two James Ambrosini penalties, Edinburgh always kept them at arm's length after Damien Hoyland's converted try and a Sam Hidalgo-Clyne opened up the scoring. And the hosts turned the screw after the break as Hidalgo-Clyne, who finished with a 13-point haul, gobbled up the penalties on offer from a wilting Treviso pack. A penalty try put paid on the hour mark put paid to the visitors' challenge, and despite a Luke McLean consolation, the score effectively handed Edinburgh their fourth win on the bounce in all competitions. Hoyland then added the gloss by stretching over the try-line with the last play of the game.

JONATHAN SEXTON pulled the strings for Leinster as the Irish province made it seven wins on the spin in the GUINNESS PRO12 after overcoming another tricky trial at Ospreys by 22-9. Leinster were winless in their last four visits to Wales and a resurgent Ospreys had strung together five league victories in a row, but the visitors headed into half-time with the advantage thanks to Dave Kearney's converted try and a Sexton penalty. Dan Biggar had missed several opportunities from the tee but his third penalty of the night in the 55th minute reduced the arrears to one before Leinster pulled away. Noel Reid crossed before Kearney grabbed his second to seal the deal for Leinster, who had also benefited from Sexton's sublime kicking game - particularly with ball in hand.

STEVE SHINGLER snatched a 21-19 victory from the jaws of defeat, as Scarlets retained their place at the top of the table thanks to his last-minute kick. Connacht were heading for the win that would arrest their three-game losing streak in the league after Jack Carty struck late on. But instead Scarlets completed a dramatic turnaround after finding themselves ten points down at one point in the first half. Halftime saw the visitors with a 7-point buffer at 10-3 up, despite both teams a man down for 10 minutes. But tries from Steffan Evans and Michael Collins gave Scarlets a narrow two point lead before a fourth penalty snatched it back for Connacht. Two minutes to go and the visiting side just had to hold out for their one-point win, but a reversed penalty for Ronan Loughney tip tackling in the ruck and replacement Steve Shingler saved the day with a final kick.

RESULTS

EdinburghEDINBURGH 28 - 13 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

BT Murrayfield - Friday 08 January 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 10-6 Att: 3,159

EDINBURGH: 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Dougie Fife 13 Michael Allen 12 Matt Scott 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Greig Tonks 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Alex Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Allan Dell 18 John Andress 19 Jamie Ritchie 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Blair Kinghorn 23 Andries Strauss

SCORERS T: Hoyland (2), PT C: Hidalgo-Clyne (2) P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3) Yellow Card Toolis

TREVISO: 15 Luke McLean 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Sam Christie 12 Alberto Sgarbi 11 Simone Ragusi 10 James Ambrosini 9 Chris Smylie 8 Robert Barbieri 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Marco Barbini 5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Filo Paulo 3 Salesi Manu 2 Roberto Santamaria 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Ornel Gega 17 Cherif Traorè 18 Alberto De Marchi 19 Tom Palmer 20 Francesco Minto 21 Marco Lazzaroni 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Enrico Bacchin

SCORERS T: McLean C: Ambrosini P: Ambrosini (2) Yellow Card Palmer, Gega

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Ospreys OSPREYS 9 - 22 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Friday 08 January 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-10 Att: 7,340

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Owen Watkin 11 Hanno Dirksen 10 Dan Biggar 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 James King 5 Rory Thornton 4 Lloyd Ashley 3 Aaron Jarvis 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Paul James BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Nicky Smith 18 Ma'afu Fia 19 Alun Wyn Jones 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Sam Davies 23 Eli Walker

SCORERS P: Biggar (2) DG: Biggar

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 ISA NACEWA (C) 13 Ben Te'o 12 Luke Fitzgerald 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Sean O'Brien 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Devin Toner 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Peter Dooley 18 Marty Moore 19 Tom Denton 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Ian Madigan 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS T: Dave Kearney (2), Reid C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY vs DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 08 January 2016
KO: P-P

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES P-P MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 09 January 2016
KO: P-P

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY P-P GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 09 January 2016
KO: P-P

 

 ScarletsSCARLETS 21 - 19 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Parc y Scarlets - Sunday 10 January 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-10 Att: 5,888

 

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Steff Evans 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 John Barclay 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Tom Price 3 Samson Lee 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Phil John 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Maselino Paulino 20 Rory Pitman 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Steve Shingler 23 Steff Hughes

SCORERS T: Steffan Evans C: Thomas P: Thomas (2), Steve Shingler Yellow Card King

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Jake Heenan 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Nathan White 2 Tom McCartney 1 Finlay Bealham BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Aly Muldowney 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Ian Porter 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Rory Parata

SCORERS T: Healy C: Ronaldson P: Ronaldson (2), Carty (2) Yellow Card Aki, Loughney

Referee: Andrew Brace

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Week 11Guinness PRO12 Week 11

ALEX CUTHBERT'S late try and Rhys Patchell's conversion sealed a dramatic 29-27 victory for the Cardiff Blues in their GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Scarlets. At a packed BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park it was the Blues who sealed a fine comeback against their Welsh rivals - a third league win in a row and a second derby success on the spin for Danny Wilson's side. Last time out Patchell's late kick saw off the Dragons but this time he slotted a simple conversion against his future employers to seal victory. The Blues had gifted first-half scores to Ken Owens and DTH van der Merwe and despite Cory Allen's reply it was the Scarlets who led 20-10 at the break. But after the interval Dan Fish went over to close the gap and after the injury-hit Scarlets had two men sent to the sin bin in quick succession Kristian Dacey barged over to put the Blues ahead. Gareth Davies replied for the Scarlets in a see-saw battle to re-take the lead before Cuthbert's late score and Patchell's conversion grabbed a dramatic victory - the losing bonus point keeping the Scarlets on top of the table by way of consolation.

DAN EVANS touched down against his former club as Newport Gwent Dragons' search for a first away win of the season extended into 2016 following a 12-7 defeat to Ospreys. After losing out at home to the Cardiff Blues by a single point last Sunday, the Dragons were looking to get back to winnings ways but the in-form Ospreys led 12-0 at the break thanks to efforts from Evans and Hanno Dirksen. The hosts could have been a further eight points ahead but Sam Davies was wayward with his kicking and the Dragons set up a nervy finish when Ed Jackson powered over with 15 minutes remaining. But despite being forced to defend deep, the Ospreys held on to record their fifth consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 victory and maintain their push for the top six.

JOSH VAN DER FLIER'S second-half try proved decisive as in-form Leinster leapfrogged Connacht to move second in the table with a 13-0 victory at the RDS Arena. Leo Cullen's side have now won six in a row in the league while their Irish rivals slip to third after three defeats on the spin. It was always going to take something special for Pat Lam's side to claim victory considering they have not won in Dublin since 1985 and have never tasted victory at the RDS. But in miserable conditions they were within range at the break - Jonathan Sexton's penalty the only difference between the two teams. But soon after the interval van der Flier went over from close range, Sexton adding the conversion and the hosts saw out the game, denying their Irish rivals even a losing bonus point - the first time in 13 games Connacht have taken nothing from a game in the league.

THE boot of Ian Keatley proved the difference as Munster got back to winning ways with a narrow 9-7 victory over Ulster at Kingspan Stadium. The visitors came into the match on the back of three consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 defeats but two penalties and a drop goal for Keatley got them over the line at Ulster. Keatley was in the thick of the action from the off as he turned over his first penalty inside ten minutes before a Louis Ludik try put Ulster in control. It looked like the hosts would do enough to hold off the Munstermen but a drop goal and a late penalty saw Keatley put his side in front before they survived a late scare as Paddy Jackson missed from the tee with two-minutes left on the clock.

PHIL BURLEIGH'S late try helped Edinburgh complete the double over Glasgow Warriors and retain the 1872 Cup with a 14-11 win at BT Murrayfield. The game was due to be played at Scotstoun, but because of the recent storms in Glasgow, the teams met for the second time in succession at the national stadium, and just as they had a week ago, Edinburgh came out on top. Unlike the first game though, it was a very tough encounter, with Glasgow leading going into the last ten minutes and going through an incredible 26 phases at the death only to be thwarted by the Edinburgh defence. Mark Bennett's try on the half-hour had given Glasgow an 8-6 half-time lead, and after Duncan Weir and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne exchanged penalties, the PRO12 champions led 11-9 heading into the final stages.  But after a long period of pressure, Burleigh was allowed to run laterally before forcing his way over for the crucial score six minutes from time. And while Glasgow had their chances at the death, they eventually saw a ball swallowed up in a maul and missed out on the win.

LUKE BURGESS scored his first PRO12 try as Zebre beat Benetton Treviso 18-8 to win three games in a row for the first time in their history. After an early exchange of penalties, Burgess' 33rd-minute effort handed the visitors the edge at the break. To their credit, Treviso battled hard in the second half with Chris Smylie's try reducing the deficit to three points with seven minutes to play. But Giulio Toniolatti's immediate reply made the game safe for the visitors who, in the process, confined their opponents to their 22nd defeat in a row.

RESULTS

OspreysOSPREYS 12 - 7 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Liberty Stadium - Friday 01 January 2016
KO: 14:00 HT: 12-0 Att: 9,247

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Hanno Dirksen 10 Sam Davies 9 Tom Habberfield 8 Dan Baker 7 Justin Tipuric 6 Dan Lydiate 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 4 Lloyd Ashley 3 Aaron Jarvis 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Dmitri Arhip 19 Rory Thornton 20 James King 21 Martin Roberts 22 Dan Biggar 23 Jonathan Spratt

SCORERS T: Evans, Dirksen C: Davies

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Nick Scott 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Ed Jackson 7 Ollie Griffiths 6 Nick Crosswell 5 Rynard Landman 4 Matthew Screech 3 Lloyd Fairbrother 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Phil Price 18 Brok Harris 19 Cory Hill 20 Nic Cudd 21 Charlie Davies 22 Jason Tovey 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Jackson C: Tovey

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 29 - 27 SCARLETSScarlets

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 01 January 2016
KO: 17:00 HT: 10-20 Att: 11,720

 

BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Cory Allen 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Josh Navidi 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Kristian Dacey 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Lou Reed 20 Macauley Cook 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Allen, Fish, Dacey, Cuthbert C: Patchell (3) P: Patchell

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Steff Evans 13 Gareth Owen 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Gareth Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 Jack Condy 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Tom Price 3 Samson Lee 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Phil John 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Maselino Paulino 20 Emyr Phillips 21 Aled Davies 22 Steve Shingler 23 Regan King

SCORERS T: Owens, van der Merwe, Davies C: Thomas (2) P: Thomas (3) Yellow Card Rawlins, Evans, Phillips

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 13 - 0 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

RDS Arena - Friday 01 January 2016
KO: 17:00 HT: 3-0 Att: 14,297

 

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Ben Te’o 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jordi Murphy 7 Josh van der Flier 6 RHYS RUDDOCK (C) 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Devin Toner 3 Marty Moore 2 Richardt Strauss 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Michael Bent 19 Ross Molony 20 Sean O’Brien 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Ian Madigan 23 Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: van der Flier C: Sexton P: Sexton, Madigan

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Jake Heenan 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Aly Muldowney 3 Nathan White 2 Tom McCartney 1 Finlay Bealham BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Sean O’Brien 21 Ian Porter 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Rory Parata

Referee: George Clancy

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 7 - 9 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Kingspan Stadium - Saturday 02 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-3 Att: 17,211

 

ULSTER: 15 Louis Ludik 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Rory Scholes 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Chris Henry 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Lewis Stevenson 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 RORY BEST (C) 1 Kyle McCall BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Callum Black 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Alan O'Connor 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Sammy Arnold

SCORERS T: Ludik C: Jackson

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Ronan O'Mahony 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino 10 Ian Keatley 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Tommy O'Donnell 6 Jack O'Donoghue 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Dave Foley 3 BJ Botha 2 Mike Sherry 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 John Ryan 18 Mario Sagario 19 Billy Holland 20 Robin Copeland 21 Duncan Williams 22 Tyler Bleyendaal 23 Denis Hurley

SCORERS P: Keatley (2) DG: Keatley

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 11 - 14 EDINBURGHEdinburgh

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 02 January 2016
KO: 17:15 HT: 8-6 Att: 8,000

 

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Sean Lamont 10 Duncan Weir 9 Ali Price 8 Josh Strauss 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Ryan Wilson 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Greg Peterson 3 Zander Fagerson 2 Fraser Brown 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili 17 Ryan Grant 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Leone Nakarawa 20 Hugh Blake 21 Grayson Hart 22 Peter Murchie 23 Lee Jones

SCORERS T: Bennett P: Weir (2)

EDINBURGH: 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Dougie Fife 13 Michael Allen 12 Matt Scott 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Ben Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Allan Dell 18 John Andress 19 Alex Toolis 20 Jamie Ritchie 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Greig Tonks 23 Andries Strauss

SCORERS T: Burleigh P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 8 - 18 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Stadio Monigo - Sunday 03 January 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-8 Att: tbc

 

TREVISO: 15 Luke McLean 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Enrico Bacchin 12 Alberto Sgarbi 11 Tommaso Iannone 10 Jayden Hayward 9 Chris Smylie 8 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 7 Francesco Minto 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Marco Fuser 3 Rupert Harden 2 Ornel Gega 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Salesi Manu 19 Filo Paulo 20 Robert Barbieri 21 Abraham Steyn 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Sam Christie

SCORERS  T: Smylie P: Hayward

ZEBRE: 15 Guglielmo Palazzani 14 Dion Berryman 13 Ulrich Beyers 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Kayle van Zyl 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Marco Bortolami 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Tommaso D'Apice 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Guillermo Roan 19 Valerio Bernabò 20 Jean Cook 21 Giulio Toniolatti 22 Matteo Pratichetti 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: Burgess, Toniolatti C: Padovani P: Canna, Padovani

Referee: Nigel Owens

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Week 10Guinness PRO12 Week 10

STEVEN SHINGLER missed a last-gasp penalty as the table-topping Scarlets were beaten by GUINNESS PRO12 rivals Ospreys by a single point, 27-26 at Parc y Scarlets. A gripping first half saw John Barclay and Aled Davies cross over for the hosts but Hanno Dirksen and Alun Wyn Jones responded in kind as the two sides reached half-time level. The boot of Aled Thomas edged the Scarlets back ahead but the Ospreys - the only Welsh region to beat the Scarlets in their own back yard since April 2010 - hit back through Eli Walker. Dan Biggar missed a straightforward penalty and it looked as though he would be left to regret that, only for Shingler to follow suit and the Ospreys to inflict just the Scarlets' second league defeat in their last 23 games on home soil.

ULSTER had to leave it late but Nick Williams' 76th-minute try handed them a 10-3 victory at high-flying Connacht in the St Stephens Day inter-pro clash. Paddy Jackson's penalty was all that separated the sides after a tight first period that belonged to the defences. But after another nip-and-tuck second half which saw AJ MacGinty level the scores, Williams was set up by Luke Marshall - who had earlier seen yellow - for the game's decisive try that handed Pat Lam's troops their first defeat at home all season.

ANDRIES VAN SCHALKWYK grabbed a last-gasp try to lead Zebre to a thrilling 28-25 victory over Treviso in the first PRO12 derby clash of the season. Heading into the clash Treviso were looking to end a run of form that had seen them lose their last 20 games in all competitions, but that didn't look like happening at half-time as they trailed 16-3 with just a Jayden Hayward penalty to celebrate. At the other end Carlo Canna had scored all of Zebre's tries but their ill-discipline after the break handed their visitors a way back into the game as they found themselves with two men in the bin, allowing Treviso to take the lead thanks to Hayward and Omel Gega tries, as well as a penalty and a conversion from the former. George Biagi nudged Zebre back in front but with five minutes left Matteo Zanusso thought he had won it for Treviso as he went over, Hayward adding the extras. But in the third minute of injury time Van Schalkwyk went over to deny Treviso a first win of the season, while securing Zebre their first success since beating Cardiff Blues in round six.

JOHN HARDIE scored on his inter-city debut as Edinburgh started their defence of the 1872 Cup against Glasgow Warriors with a 23-11 victory in front of a record-breaking attendance at BT Murrayfield. Scotland flanker Hardie's try ten minutes from time gave Edinburgh an assailable lead, sending most of the 23,642 crowd - the biggest ever for the fixture - into raptures. It had been nip and tuck for much of the game after Matt Scott had responded to Mark Bennett's early try, but Edinburgh's Sam Hidalgo-Clyne chipped away and outscored Finn Russell by 13 points to six off the tee. It was left for Hardie to wrap it up and send Edinburgh into the top half of the table at the expense of the Warriors, who slip down into seventh.

RHYS PATCHELL kicked a last-gasp penalty as Cardiff Blues snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a 21-20 win over Newport Gwent Dragons. The Dragons were always seemingly in control against their Welsh rivals and had a built a 17-6 lead midway through the second half. But after Lewis Evans was sent to the sin bin and conceded a penalty try after hauling down a driving maul, Blues used their man advantage to get back within a whisker of the Dragons. Tom James dotted down to bring the Blues back to within two points, but Patchell saw his conversion sail wide. Yet he was given a second chance to win the game with a penalty from similar range, much to the frustration of the Dragons fans, and this time made no mistake.

LEINSTER dealt Munster a fifth straight loss in all competitions, as they leapfrogged them into the play-off places with a 24-7 win at Thomond Park. A try in each half from Isa Nacewa and Jack McGrath proved enough for Leinster, despite the best efforts of Anthony Foley's team. The icing on the cake was provided by Zane Kirchner with a last-gasp interception as Munster pushed for a losing bonus point to seal the win. And as a result, Leinster, who started the season slowly, are now settled in the top four heading into 2016.

RESULTS

ScarletsSCARLETS 26 - 27 OSPREYSOspreys

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 26 December 2015
KO: 14:05 HT: 20-20 Att: 14,568

SCARLETS: 15 Michael Collins 14 Steff Evans 13 Gareth Owen 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 John Barclay 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Jake Ball 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Emyr Phillips 17 Phil John 18 Rhodri Jones 19 George Earle 20 Jack Condy 21 Gareth Davies 22 Steve Shingler 23 Regan King

SCORERS T: Barclay, Davies C: Thomas (2) P: Thomas (4) Yellow Card Ball

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Tom Habberfield 8 James King 7 Justin Tipuric 6 Dan Lydiate 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 4 Lloyd Ashley 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Paul James BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Nicky Smith 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rory Thornton 20 Dan Baker 21 Olly Cracknell 22 Martin Roberts 23 Sam Davies

SCORERS T: Dirksen, Jones, Walker C: Biggar (3) P: Biggar (2)

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 3 - 10 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Sportsground - Saturday 26 December 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 0-3 Att: 5,876

 

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 James Connolly 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Nathan White 2 Dave Heffernan 1 Finlay Bealham BENCH: 16 Shane Delahunt 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Andrew Browne 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Ian Porter 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Rory Parata

SCORERS P: MacGinty

ULSTER: 15 Louis Ludik 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Rory Scholes 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Alan O'Connor 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Andy Warwick BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Callum Black 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Stephen Mulholland 20 Roger Wilson 21 Paul Marshall 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Sammy Arnold

SCORERS T: Ulster C: Jackson P: Jackson Yellow Card Marshall

Referee: Peter Ferguson

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 28 - 25 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Sunday 27 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 16-3 Att: 4,509

 

ZEBRE: 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Dion Berryman 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Kayle van Zyl 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Marco Bortolami 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Tommaso D'Apice 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Valerio Bernabò 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Kelly Haimona 23 Ulrich Beyers

SCORERS T: Canna, Biagi, van Schalkwyk C: Canna, Haimona P: Canna (3) Yellow Card Lovotti, Biagi

TREVISO: 15 Luke McLean 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Sam Christie 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Jayden Hayward 9 Edoardo Gori 8 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 7 Francesco Minto 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Marco Fuser 3 Rupert Harden 2 Davide Giazzon 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Ornel Gega 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Salesi Manu 19 Filo Paulo 20 Abraham Steyn 21 Robert Barbieri 22 Chris Smylie 23 Alberto Sgarbi

SCORERS T: Hayward, Gega, Zanusso C: Hayward (2) P: Hayward (2)

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH 23 - 11 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

BT Murrayfield - Sunday 27 December 2015
KO: 15:05 HT: 10-5 Att: 23,642

 

EDINBURGH: 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Dougie Fife 13 Michael Allen 12 Matt Scott 11 Tom Brown 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Alex Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Allan Dell 18 John Andress 19 Ben Toolis 20 Jamie Ritchie 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Greig Tonks 23 Andries Strauss

SCORERS T: Scott, Hardie C: Hidalgo-Clyne (2) P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3)

WARRIORS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Tommy Seymour 10 Finn Russell 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Ryan Wilson 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Leone Nakarawa 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Fraser Brown 1 Ryan Grant BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Gordon Reid 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Tim Swinson 20 Simone Favaro 21 Ali Price 22 Sam Johnson 23 Lee Jones

SCORERS T: Bennett P: Russell (2)

Referee: John Lacey

 

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 20 - 21 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Rodney Parade - Sunday 27 December 2015
KO: 15:05 HT: 11-6 Att: 8,226

 

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Nick Scott 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Lewis Evans 7 Nic Cudd 6 Nick Crosswell 5 Rynard Landman 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Cory Hill 20 Ollie Griffiths 21 Luc Jones 22 Jason Tovey 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Hewitt P: Dorian Jones (3), Tovey DG: Dorian Jones Yellow Card Evans

BLUES: 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Garyn Smith 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Tom James 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Josh Navidi 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Kristian Dacey 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Macauley Cook 20 Cam Dolan 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Cory Allen 23 Dan Fish

SCORERS T: PT, James C: Patchell P: Patchell (3)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 7 - 24 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Thomond Park - Sunday 27 December 2015
KO: 17:15 HT: 7-10 Att: 26,000

 

MUNSTER: 15 Andrew Conway 14 Keith Earls 13 Francis Saili 12 Denis Hurley 11 Simon Zebo 10 Tyler Bleyendaal 9 Conor Murray 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 Robin Copeland 5 Donnacha Ryan 4 Dave Foley 3 BJ Botha 2 Mike Sherry 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan 19 Billy Holland 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Rory Scannell 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

SCORERS T: Copeland C: Rory Scannell

LEINSTER: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Luke Fitzgerald 11 ISA NACEWA (C) 10 Ian Madigan 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Sean O'Brien 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Tom Denton 4 Devin Toner 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Sean Cronin 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Cian Healy 18 Marty Moore 19 Ross Molony 20 Josh van der Flier 21 Nick McCarthy 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Dave Kearney

SCORERS T: Nacewa, McGrath, Kirchner C: Madigan (3) P: Madigan

Referee: David Wilkinson

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Week 9Guinness PRO12 Week 9

TOM JAMES' second-half try helped Cardiff Blues to a hard-fought 20-16 win over GUINNESS PRO12 leaders Connacht at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. Connacht captain John Muldoon became the first man in history to make 200 PRO12 appearances but he had little else to celebrate as the Blues recorded just a second league win this season. Manoa Vosawai opened the scoring early on for the hosts only for the league leaders to respond with tries through Ian Porter and Eoin McKeon, as they established a 13-10 half-time lead. But James capitalised on a overlap after the break to put Cardiff in front and despite considerable late pressure, Connacht were unable to notch the crucial try as they slipped to just a second PRO12 defeat of the campaign.

A pair of early tries enabled Ulster to see off Edinburgh 14-7 in a hard-fought encounter at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night. Edinburgh had beaten Ulster earlier in the season but couldn't repeat that feat as the hosts leapfrogged their visitors in the table. A penalty try and a Rory Scholes score had the Irish province 14-0 up within ten minutes and they held that advantage until half-time, as they looked to end a three-match losing streak against Scottish opponents. Cornell du Preez dotted down for the visitors ten minutes into the second half but despite their best efforts they failed to close the gap any further as Les Kiss' troops notched a fifth win of the campaign.

MORGAN ALLEN grabbed a try-double on his Scarlets debut but the Welsh region were rescued by the boot of Steve Shingler as they took the lead in the PRO12 following a 22-20 nail-biter at Benetton Treviso. Sam Christie struck the first blow for Treviso but Scarlets responded through Allen, whose Scarlets bow was delayed by a bicep injury, and DTH van der Merwe tries. Jayden Hayward - who was denied five points off the tee by the post - nailed a penalty to see Treviso in at half-time two points behind, but Scarlets No.8 Allen rumbled over again early in the second half. Treviso roared back, Edoardo Gori crossing before Christie completed his try-double - which Hayden could not convert - to put the hosts one point ahead, but replacement Shingler's last-ditch penalty bailed out Scarlets. This was an opportunity for Scarlets to ascend to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 tree after Connacht's slip up at Cardiff Blues on Friday night. But though Treviso were on a 15-game losing streak in the league, the Italians made it known from the outset that a win at the Stadio Monigo was not going to come easy.

RYNARD LANDMAN made Munster pay for their missed opportunities as Newport Gwent Dragons completed a Welsh clean sweep of PRO12 wins this weekend. The Dragons welcomed the Munstermen to Rodney Parade having won just one of their last six league games but they emerged with a 22-6 victory on Sunday afternoon. The boot of Dorian Jones kept the visitors at bay throughout and Landman scored the game's only try late on as Munster slipped to a second consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 defeat. And Anthony Foley's charges will look back with frustration on a first half that saw them thwarted on the Dragons try line on more than one occasion.

JUSTIN TIPURIC scored two tries as the Ospreys secured a third straight PRO12 success, 39-22 away to Zebre in Parma. After a tight first half, two tries in two minutes from Eli Walker and the outstanding Tipuric gave Steve Tandy's side a sizeable lead, and despite a battling effort from Zebre, the Ospreys ran in five tries in total.

RESULTS

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 20 - 16 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 04 December 2015
KO: 19:05 HT: 10-13 Att: 5,824

BLUES 15 Rhys Patchell 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Gavin Evans 11 Tom James 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Josh Turnbull 6 Macauley Cook 5 Lou Reed 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Ethan Lewis 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Craig Mitchell 19 James Down 20 Cam Dolan 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Garyn Smith 23 Dan Fish

SCORERS  T: Vosawai, James C: Patchell (2) P: Patchell (2)

CONNACHT 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Darragh Leader 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Ian Porter 8 Eoin McKeon 7 James Connolly 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Quinn Roux 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Dave Heffernan 1 Ronan Loughney BENCH: 16 Jason Harris-Wright 17 Conan O'Donnell 18 Finlay Bealham 19 George Naoupu 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Peter Robb 23 Rory Parata

SCORERS T: Porter, McKeon P: Porter, Carty

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 14 - 7 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 04 December 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 14-0 Att: 15,839

ULSTER 15 Peter Nelson 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Darren Cave 12 Luke Marshall 11 Rory Scholes 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Roger Wilson 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Ricky Lutton 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Kyle McCall BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Andrew Warwick 18 Wiahan Herbst 19 Alan O'Connor 20 Nick Williams 21 Paul Marshall 22 Stuart McCloskey 23 Louis Ludik

SCORERS T: PT, Scholes C: Jackson (2)

EDINBURGH 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Dougie Fife 13 Chris Dean 12 Matt Scott 11 Will Helu 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Alex Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Jamie Ritchie 20 Hamish Watson 21 Nathan Fowles 22 Michael Allen 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS T: du Preez C: Cuthbert

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 20 - 22 SCARLETSScarlets

Stadio Monigo - Saturday 05 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-12 Att: 3,000

TREVISO 15 LUKE MCLEAN (C) 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Sam Christie 11 Edoardo Gori 10 Jayden Hayward 9 Chris Smylie 8 Dean Budd 7 Alessandro Zanni (C) 6 Francesco Minto 5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Teofilo Paulo 3 Filippo Filippetto 2 Ornel Gega 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Roberto Santamaria 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Tom Palmer 20 Marco Barbini 21 James Ambrosini 22 Enrico Bacchin 23 Simone Ragusi

SCORERS T: Christie (2), Gori C: Hayward P: Hayward

SCARLETS 15 Steff Evans 14 Michael Tagicakibau 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 Morgan Allen 7 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Jake Ball 3 Samson Lee 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Tom Price 20 Maselino Paulino 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Steve Shingler 23 Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Allen (2), van der Merwe C: Thomas (2) P: Steve Shingler

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS P-P LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Scotstoun Stadium - Saturday 05 December 2015
KO: 15:00

 

Newport Gwent DragonsDRAGONS 22 - 6 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Rodney Parade - Sunday 06 December 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 6-6 Att: 5,579

 

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Tom Prydie 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Taulupe Faletau Nic Cudd 6 Lewis Evans 5 Rynard Landman 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 THOMAS RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Cory Hill 20 Ed Jackson 21 Charlie Davies 22 Jason Tovey 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Landman C: Jones DG: Jones P: Jones (3), Tovey

MUNSTER 15 Lucas González Amorosino 14 Ronan O'Mahony 13 David Johnston 12 DENIS HURLEY (C) 11 Simon Zebo 10 Rory Scannell 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Robin Copeland 7 Dave O'Callaghan 6 Shane Buckley 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Dave Foley 3 John Ryan 2 Niall Scannell 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 James Cronin 18 Mario Sagario 19 Billy Holland 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Tyler Bleyendaal 23 Gerhard van den Heever

SCORERS P: Rory Scannell (2)

Referee: Gary Conway

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 20 - 39 OSPREYSOspreys

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Sunday 06 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-22 Att: 2,308

 

ZEBRE 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Dion Berryman 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Carlo Canna 9 Marcello Violi 8 Paul Derbyshire 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Valerio Bernabò 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Guillermo Roan 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Giulio Bisegni 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: van Zyl (2), Violi C: Violi P: Canna

OSPREYS Dan Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Sam Davies 9 Tom Habberfield 8 Dan Baker 7 JUSTIN TIPURIC (C) 6 James King 5 Tyler Ardron 4 Lloyd Ashley 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Paul James BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Nicky Smith 18 Ma'afu Fia 19 Alun Wyn Jones 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Martin Roberts 22 Dan Biggar 23 Hanno Dirksen

SCORERS T: Hassler, Walker, Tipuric (2), Sprat C: Davies (4) P: Davies (2)

Referee: John Lacey

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Week 8Guinness PRO12 Week 8

TWO tries from their props were enough for Edinburgh to cruise past Newport Gwent Dragons 32-13 at BT Murrayfield in the GUINNESS PRO12. WP Nel went over in the first half as the Scots led 13-6 but in the second half the Dragons paid the price for their indiscipline. They picked up four yellow cards in the second 40 minutes, with Alasdair Dickinson and then Tom Brown crossing for the home side. And Matt Scott finished the scoring in the final minute to hand Edinburgh the bonus point in front of their home fans.

ADAM ASHE rode to the rescue for Glasgow Warriors as the Scotland No.8 denied a superb Benetton Treviso their first PRO12 win of the season after crossing late on in a 13-6 success. History suggested Treviso would be in for an uphill struggle - they had not won on their travels in the PRO12 since 2013, while the Warriors had won their last 15 games against Italian opposition. But on a night where the weather played its part, Treviso made the fewest mistakes following Finn Russell's early penalty for Glasgow. Jayden Hayward responded for Treviso by slotting two penalties in the first half, though missed two further efforts either side of half-time as the visitors failed to pull away. It came back to haunt Treviso as with nine minutes left, Ashe rumbled over following a five-metre scrum before Duncan Weir added the conversion and a penalty.

LEINSTER bounced back from successive to European losses to beat Ulster 8-3 at the RDS and cement their place in the play-off places. They managed just one try in cold conditions in Dublin, through Sean Cronin, but showed their defensive ability, particularly through the impressive flanker Josh van der Flier. And in the end they were able to hold on as Ulster couldn't find a way through in the second half, which ended scoreless.

OSPREYS captain Alun Wyn Jones led by example to ensure his side secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season with a 13-6 triumph against Cardiff Blues. A solitary penalty from Jarrod Evans - making his first GUINNESS PRO12 start - separated the two sides at the break as Cardiff Blues went in search of a first away win in the league since New Year's Day. He doubled the lead after the break but the game's decisive moment arrived shortly before the hour mark when captain Jones piled across the line for Steve Tandy's side. Replacement Sam Davies added a conversion and two penalties to secure victory, meaning the Ospreys have now beaten Cardiff Blues nine times on the bounce in the league.

BUNDEE AKI scored a stunning late try as Connacht ended their 29-year wait for an away win at Munster and retained the lead at the top of the table. The visitors had taken an early lead but Munster edged their way back into the match and a late penalty try and a yellow card for John Muldoon set up a nervous end for Pat Lam's men. But Aki was on hand to dive across with three minutes remaining and hand his side an historic victory.

SCARLETS climbed back up to second in the table but they had to withstand a second-half comeback from Zebre to claim a 20-12 win at the Parc y Scarlets. Early scores from Hadleigh Parkes and Aled Davies sent the Welsh region in at the break with a comfortable 17-0 lead. But as the conditions worsened so the Italians, with three wins from their last five in all competitions, came into the game and two Dries van Schalkwyk scores closed the gap. And with Maselino Paulino in the sin bin Wayne Pivac's troops looked like they might throw it all away. However, replacement Steven Shingler slotted a late penalty for the hosts to guarantee them their seventh win in the first eight games of the league season.

RESULTS

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 32 - 13 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

BT Murrayfield - Friday 27 November 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 13-6 Att: 3,294

EDINBURGH 15 Greig Tonks 14 Tom Brown 13 Chris Dean 12 Matt Scott 11 Will Helu 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 John Hardie 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Fraser McKenzie 4 Alex Toolis 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Jamie Ritchie 20 Hamish Watson 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Mike Allen 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS T: Nel, Dickinson, Brown, Scott C: Hidalgo-Clyne (2), Kinghorn P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2)

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Tom Prydie 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Dorian Jones 9 Charlie Davies 8 Ed Jackson 7 Ollie Griffiths 6 Nick Crosswell 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Matthew Screech 3 Shaun Knight 2 Elliot Dee 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Thomas Rhys Thomas 17 Phil Price 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Cory Hill 20 Nic Cudd 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Jason Tovey 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS T: Cudd C: Jones P: Jones (2) Yellow Card Stanovich, Price, Jones, Cudd

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW 13 - 6 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 27 November 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 3-6 Att: 6,634

WARRIORS 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Sean Lamont 10 Finn Russell 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Tim Swinson 3 Mike Cusack 2 Shalva Mamukashvili 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm17 Ryan Grant 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Greg Peterson 20 Josh Strauss 21 Ali Price 22 Duncan Weir 23 Sam Johnson

SCORERS T: Ashe C: Weir P: Russell, Weir

TREVISO 15 LUKE MCLEAN (C) 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Sam Christie 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Jayden Hayward 9 Chris Smylie 8 Abraham Steyn 7 Francesco Minto 6 Marco Barbini 5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Teofilo Paulo 3 Filippo Filippetto 2 Ornel Gega 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Salesi Manu 19 Dean Budd 20 Marco Lazzaroni 21 Andrea De Marchi 22 Edoardo Gori 23 James Ambrosini

SCORERS P: Hayward (2)

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 8 - 3 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

RDS Arena - Friday 27 November 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 8-3 Att: 15,552

 

LEINSTER 15 Rob Kearney 14 Zane Kirchner 13 Ben Te'o 12 Ian Madigan 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Luke McGrath 8 JAMIE HEASLIP (C) 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Devin Toner 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Sean Cronin 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Martin Moore 19 Ross Molony 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Noel Reid 23 Garry Ringrose

SCORERS T: Cronin P: Sexton

ULSTER 15 Peter Nelson 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Robbie Diack 5 Dan Tuohy 4 Iain Henderson 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 RORY BEST (C) 1 Kyle McCall BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Andrew Warwick 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Roger Wilson 20 Chris Henry 21 Paul Marshall 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Louis Ludik

SCORERS P: Jackson

Referee: John Lacey

 

OspreysOSPREYS 13 - 6 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 28 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 0-3 Att: 9,920

 

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Tom Grabham 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Hanno Dirksen 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Justin Tipuric 6 Dan Lydiate 5 Rory Thornton 4 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Nicky Smith 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Lloyd Ashley 20 James King 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Sam Davies 23 Ben John

SCORERS T: Jones C: Davies P: Davies (2)

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Blaine Scully 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Gavin Evans 11 Tom James 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Sam Warburton 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Kristian Dacey 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Craig Mitchell 19 Jarrad Hoeata 20 Macauley Cook 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Gareth Davies 23 Tom Isaacs

SCORERS P: Jarrod Evans (2)

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 12 - 18 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Thomond Park - Saturday 28 November 2015
KO: 17:15 HT: 5-10 Att: 15,143

 

MUNSTER 15 Andrew Conway 14 Gerhard van den Heever 13 Keith Earls 12 Francis Saili 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino 10 Ian Keatley 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Robin Copeland 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 CJ STANDER (C) 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 BJ Botha 2 Niall Scannell 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan 19 Dave Foley 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Duncan Williams 22 Rory Scannell 23 Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: Niall Scannell, PT C: Keatley

CONNACHT 15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Tiernan O'Halloran 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 AJ MacGinty 9  Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 James Connolly 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Nathan White 2 Shane Delahunt 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 George Naoupu 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Ian Porter 22 Jack Carty 23 Darragh Leader

SCORERS T: O'Halloran, Aki C: Ronaldson P: Ronaldson (2) Yellow Card Muldoon

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 20 - 12 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Parc y Scarlets - Sunday 29 November 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 17-0 Att: 5,504

 

SCARLETS 15 Steffan Evans 14 Tom Williams 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Aled Thomas 9 Aled Davies 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Maselino Paulino 3 Samson Lee 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Dylan Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 George Earle 20 Jack Condy 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Steve Shingler 23 Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Parkes, Aled Davies C: Thomas (2) P: Thomas, Steve Shingler Yellow Card Paulino

ZEBRE 15 Guglielmo Palazzani 14 Dion Berryman 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Paul Derbyshire 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Valerio Bernabò 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Guillermo Roan 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Filippo Ferrarini 22 Tommaso Boni 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: van Schalkwyk (2) C: Canna

Referee: George Clancy

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Week 7Guinness PRO12 Week 7

A try from the returning Robbie Henshaw helped Connacht to a fifth consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 win for the first time since 2002 as they downed Benetton Treviso 33-19 at the Sportsground. Connacht only led the resilient visitors 9-5 at half-time but pulled away after the break as Henshaw, Tom McCartney and Matt Healy all crossed the whitewash. Jayden Hayward notched two tries of his own and Edoardo Gori also went over but it wasn't enough to stop Treviso falling to a 14th consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 defeat, although the hosts are now top of the table. Ireland international Henshaw returned to the Connacht line-up for the first time since the World Cup but started back in his old position at full-back - enabling the successful Bundee Aki-Craig Ronaldson partnership to continue in the centres.

IAN MADIGAN kicked 14 points as Leinster dealt the Scarlets a first loss of the season, running out 19-15 winners at the RDS. Scarlets dominated the first half with tries from both centres, Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Owen, to lead 15-9 at the break. They could have been further clear, but indiscipline allowed Madigan to keep Leinster in touch with three penalties before Mike Ross' first PRO12 try gave Leinster the lead for the first time. Ross and Madigan were among a number of World Cup stars making their first appearance of the season for Leinster, with Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney also back in the starting line-up. Once they had taken the lead Leinster continued to make the most of the visitors' infringements to stretch clear and secure the win, ending the Scarlets' unbeaten start to the season, with the Welsh side slipping off top spot as Connacht beat Treviso.

ELI WALKER'S try double gave Ospreys a second win of the season as they picked up a comfortable, bonus-point victory over a subdued Zebre at the Liberty Stadium. Zebre had won back-to-back matches and were seeking a third consecutive PRO12 win for the first time in their history but tries from Jonathan Spratt, Josh Matavesi and Walker helped Ospreys into a 17-3 half-time lead. And the hosts refused to take their foot off the pedal after the break as Justin Tipuric, Walker's second and Sam Parry saw them triumph 36-3. It was just the Welshmen's second victory in their last eight PRO12 matches and gives them a platform to build on heading into European action.

FINN RUSSELL pulled the strings on his return to the GUINNESS PRO12 as Glasgow Warriors held on for a hard-fought bonus-point win against a Cardiff Blues side who just wouldn't lay down. Leone Nakarawa, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ryan Grant and Jonny Gray all crossed for the reigning champions, while Russell scored 15 points from the tee at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. The Blues fought bravely with an Gavin Evans score and a penalty try, on top of Rhys Patchell's 20 points, keeping them in the game until the final play.

EDINBURGH'S Sam Hidalgo-Clyne had a drop goal charged down in the third minute of injury-time as Munster held on to win 16-14 at BT Murrayfield Stadium. An early try from the returning John Ryan put the Irish province in the ascendancy and they remained in front until William Helu's first try for Edinburgh shortly after half-time. Two more Ian Keatley penalties made it 16-14 and it stayed that way despite the dramatic conclusion, as Munster ensured it remained four years since Edinburgh last beat them at BT Murrayfield. Edinburgh started the PRO12 campaign superbly with four straight victories but have now lost their last three matches. Alan Solomons welcomed four Scotland internationals back into the XV on Saturday night, with Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and WP Nel all coming into the front row and Matt Scott at centre alongside Helu, who moves in from the wing to replace the injured Sam Beard. Munster made eight changes to their side, which included an all new front row of Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey and Ryan, who was making his first start of the season. Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Ronan O'Mahony were also in for their first starts of the season.

PAUL MARSHALL grabbed the only try of the game as Ulster completed their first away win in the PRO12 since April. The boot of Dorian Jones dominated the early exchanges as Newport Gwent Dragons - previously unbeaten at home in the competition this season - opened up a nine-point lead. However, a pack growing in confidence and the boot of Paddy Jackson got the visitors back into it, before Marshall grabbed the decisive score. And despite late pressure from the Welshmen, Ulster held on to give director of rugby Les Kiss a victory in his first game in charge.

RESULTS

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 33 - 19 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Sportsground - Friday 06 November 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 9-5 Att: 3,443

CONNACHT 15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Tiernan O’Halloran 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 John Cooney 8 Eoin McKeon 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Nathan White 2 Dave Heffernan 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Tom McCartney 17 Finlay Bealham 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Aly Muldowney 20 Eoghan Masterson 21 Kieran Marmion 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Darragh Leader

SCORERS T: Henshaw, McCartney, Healy C: Ronaldson (3) P: Ronaldson (4)

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Andrea Pratichetti 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Enrico Bacchin 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Luke McLean 9 Alberto Lucchese 8 Abraham Steyn 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Marco Barbini  5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Teofilo Paulo 3 Rupert Harden 2 Luca Bigi 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Matteo Muccignat 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Dean Budd 20 Marco Lazzaroni 21 Andrea De Marchi 22 Edoardo Gori 23 Sam Christie

SCORERS T: Hayward (2), Gori C: Hayward (2)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 19 - 15 SCARLETSScarlets

RDS Arena - Friday 06 November 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 9-15 Att: 14,743

LEINSTER 15 Rob Kearney 14 Zane Kirchner 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Noel Reid 11 Cian Kelleher 10 Ian Madigan 9 Isaac Boss 8 JAMIE HEASLIP (C) 7 Sean O'Brien 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Tom Denton 4 Devin Toner 3 Mike Ross 2 James Tracy 1 Cian Healy BENCH: 16 Bryan Byrne 17 Jack McGrath 18 Marty Moore 19 Hayden Triggs 20 Dan Leavy 21 Luke McGrath 22 Johnny Sexton 23 Ben Te'o

SCORERS T: Ross C: Madigan P: Madigan (4)

SCARLETS 15 Aled Thomas 14 Tom Williams 13 Gareth Owen 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Michael Tagicakibau 10 Dan Jones 9 Gareth Davies 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Jake Ball 3 Peter Edwards 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Ken Owens 17 Dylan Evans 18 Will Taylor 19 Tom Price 20 Maselino Paulino 21 Aled Davies 22 Michael Collins 23 Harry Robinson

SCORERS T: Parkes, Owen C: Jones P: Jones Yellow Card Ball

Referee: Leighton Hodges

 

OspreysOSPREYS 36 - 3 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 07 November 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 17-3 Att: 7,236

 

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Dafydd Howells 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Justin Tipuric 6 James King 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 4 Lloyd Ashley 3 Aaron Jarvis 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Paul James BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Cai Griffiths 19 Olly Cracknell 20 Sam Underhill 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Sam Davies 23 Ben John

SCORERS T: Spratt, Matavesi, Walker (2), Tipuric, Parry C: Biggar (2), Davies

ZEBRE 15 Guglielmo Palazzani 14 Kayle Van Zyl 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jacopo Sarto 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Marcello Violi 22 Michele Visentin 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS P: Canna Yellow Card Visentin

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 30 - 35 GLASGOW Glasgow Warriors

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 07 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-15 Att: 5,704

 

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Gavin Evans 11 Tom James 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Josh Turnbull 7 Sam Warburton 6 Ellis Jenkins 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Taufa'ao Filise 2 Kristian Dacey 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) BENCH: 16 Matthew Rees 17 Sam Hobbs 18 Craig Mitchell 19 Jarrad Hoeata 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Tom Isaacs

SCORERS T: Gavin Evans, PT C: Patchell P: Patchell (6)

WARRIORS 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Tommy Seymour 10 Finn Russell 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Josh Strauss 5 JONNY GRAY (C) 4 Leone Nakarawa 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Ryan Grant 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Greg Peterson 20 Rob Harley 21 Ryan Wilson 22 Mike Blair 23 Junior Bulumakau

SCORERS T: Nakarawa, Naiyaravoro, Grant, Gray C: Russell (3) P: Russell (3) Yellow Card Wilson, Hogg

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 14 - 16 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 07 November 2015
KO: 17:15 HT: 6-10 Att: 4,981

 

EDINBURGH 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Will Helu 12 Matt Scott 11 Tom Brown 10 Greig Tonks 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Cornell Du Preez 7 Hamish Watson 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Alex Toolis 4 Anton Bresler 3 WP Nel 2 Ross Ford 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Rory Sutherland 18 John Andress 19 Roddy Grant 20 Nasi Manu 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Andries Strauss 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Helu P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3) Yellow Card Tonks

MUNSTER 15 Simon Zebo 14 Gerhard van den Heever 13 Keith Earls 12 Francis Saili 11 Ronan O'Mahony 10 Ian Keatley 9 Conor Murray 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Dave Foley 4 Donnacha Ryan 3 John Ryan 2 Duncan Casey 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 James Cronin 18 Mario Sagario 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Rory Scannell 23 Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: John Ryan C: Keatley P: Keatley (3) Yellow Card van den Heever, Saili

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Newport Gwent DragonsNEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 12 - 19 ULSTER Ulster Rugby

Rodney Parade - Sunday 08 November 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 9-6 Att: tbc

 

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Ollie Griffiths 6 Ed Jackson 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Cory Hill 3 Shaun Knight 2 Elliot Dee 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Brok Harris 19 Matthew Screech 20 Lewis Evans 21 Charlie Davies 22 Jason Tovey 23 Ross Wardle

SCORERS P: Jones (3), Tovey Yellow Card Landman

ULSTER 15 Peter Nelson 14 Rory Scholes 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Sammy Arnold 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Paul Marshall 8 Stephen Mulholland 7 Chris Henry 6 Robbie Diack 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Kyle McCall BENCH: 16 Rory Best 17 Ricky Lutton 18 Bronson Ross 19 Lewis Stevenson 20 Sean Reidy 21 Ruan Pienaar 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Craig Gilroy

SCORERS T: Marshall C: Jackson P: Jackson (4) Yellow Card McCloskey, Best

Referee: Dudley Phillips

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Week 6Guinness PRO12 Week 6

HIGH-flying Munster survived a fright at the hands of Ulster in a match staged against a Halloween backdrop named the 'Night of the Living Red' to clinch a 32-28 victory. This was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it affair under the Friday night lights - swirling wind and rain making it compelling viewing with the Thomond Park crowd rewarded and warmed with an eight-try show. Five different players scored five tries for the hosts for whom scrum-half Tomas O'Leary pulled the strings, deservedly being named man of the match.

TABLE-topping Scarlets maintained their unbeaten start to the PRO12 season with a workmanlike victory at Parc y Scarlets over Newport Gwent Dragons. Head coach Wayne Pivac said the sky was the limit for his team after putting pen to paper on a new deal this week - and his players certainly rewarded him in the best way possible. Forwards James Davies and Phil John both scored two tries to clinch a 25-15 triumph that certainly warmed home fans on a chilly night in Llanelli. To their credit the Dragons never dropped their work rate, and two tries came in, first from Jason Tovey - who scored all the points except for Sarel Pretorius good effort. Scarlets now head to Leinster next weekend with a two-point advantage in the table over nearest rivals Munster.

ANDRIES VAN SCHALKWYK's late score secured Zebre their first very try bonus point victory in the PRO12 as they beat Cardiff Blues 26-15. The game had barely begun when both teams were able to celebrate tries, Dion Berryman going over for the hosts only for Adam Thomas to cancel it out at the other end. But Zebre didn't panic after being pegged back and led 19-8 at half-time as Andries Van Schalkwyk and Johan Meyer went over. Cardiff Blues found themselves trailing by just 4 points with ten minutes to go as Tom James dotted down, but with four minutes remaining, Van Schalkwyk was celebrating his second of the game to secure Zebre the bonus point victory and another win, having just beaten Edinburgh.

TIERNAN O'HALLORAN scored the only try of the game as Connacht edged past Edinburgh 14-9 at the Sportsground to move up to second in the table. O'Halloran's effort, following Matt Healy's impressive break from halfway, and a Jack Carty penalty helped Connacht into a narrow 8-6 lead at the break. Two further Carty penalties, compared to Edinburgh's one, was enough to seal the victory after the interval as the Irish side continued their impressive start to the campaign.

TAQELE NAIYARAVORO scored with the final play of the game to hand Glasgow Warriors a bonus-point 31-19 win over Ospreys, as the visitors' ill-discipline proved costly. Ospreys were leading 12-11 at Scotstoun early in the second half but then picked up two yellow cards in the space of eight minutes, and Glasgow scored twice while their opponents were down to 14 men. Sean Lamont, Greg Peterson and Alex Allan were the other try scorers for the Warriors as they recorded a third PRO12 win of the season. Ospreys, whose only score came from Dan Baker, have now lost five of their six matches during the 2015/15 GUINNESS PRO12 campaign and are second from bottom in the table. Glasgow Warriors welcomed back five players from the Rugby World Cup into their starting XV. Tonga's Sila Puafisi made his debut and he was joined by Fijian second-row Leone Nakarawa and Scotland trio Tommy Seymour, Peter Horne and Gordon Reid. Ospreys also selected Wales pair Dan Biggar and Dan Lydiate, with Alun Wyn Jones on the bench.

JACK MCGRATH's early try set Leinster on their way to a comfortable 27-3 victory over Benetton Treviso at the Stadio Monigo as the Italians slipped to a 13th consecutive PRO12 defeat. Tries from McGrath and Isa Nacewa bookended the first half before Jack Conan and the impressive Ben Te'o secured the four-try bonus point after the interval - a Jayden Hayward penalty all that Treviso could offer. The triumph was just Leinster's second away win in their last nine GUINNESS PRO12 games but the Italian outfit's winless streak extends from February when they beat Cardiff Blues at Stadio Monigo.

RESULTS

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 32 - 28 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Thomond Park - Friday 30 October 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 19-18 Att: 13,039

MUNSTER 15 Andrew Con way 14 Simon Zebo 13 Francis Saili 12 Denis Hurley 11 Gerhard van den Heever 10 Ian Keatley 9 Tomás O'Leary 8 Robin Copeland 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 CJ STANDER (C) 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Dave Foley 3 BJ Botha 2 Mike Sherry 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Duncan Casey 17 John Ryan 18 Mario Sagario 19 Donnacha Ryan 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Duncan Williams 22 Rory Scannell 23 Ronan O'Mahony

SCORERS T: Conway, Copeland, Van den Heever, Hurley, Zebo C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley

ULSTER 15 Peter Nelson 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Andrew Trimble 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Paul Marshall 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Roger Wilson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Lewis Stevenson 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Andrew Warwick BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Callum Black 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Dan Tuohy 20 Chris Henry 21 Paul Rowley 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Sammy Arnold

SCORERS T: Gilroy (2), Williams, Tuohy C: Jackson P: Jackson DG: Jackson

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 25 - 15 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 30 October 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 12-8 Att: 6,952

SCARLETS 15 Aled Thomas 14 Tom Williams 13 Regan King 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Harry Robinson 10 Steven Shingler 9 Rhodri Williams 8 John Barclay 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Jake Ball 3 Peter Edwards 2 KEN OWENS (C) 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Emyr Phillips 17 Dylan Evans 18 Will Taylor 19 George Earle 20 Jack Condy 21 Aled Davies 22 Dan Jones 23 Jacob Cowley

SCORERS T: Davies (2), John (2) C: Thomas P: Thomas

DRAGONS 15 Jason Tovey 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Dorian Jones 9 Charlie Davies 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Nic Cudd 6 Ed Jackson 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 Cory Hill 20 Ollie Griffiths 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Geraint Rhys Jones 23 Carl Meyer

SCORERS T: Tovey, Pretorius C: Tovey P: Tovey Yellow Card Hughes

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 26 - 15 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 31 October 2015
KO: 14:00 HT: 19-8 Att: 1,634

ZEBRE 15 Dion Berryman 14 Kayle Van Zyl 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jean Cook 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Valerio Bernabò 20 Jacopo Sarto 21 Marcello Violi 22 Guglielmo Palazzani 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: Van Zyl (2), Van Schalkwyk, Meyer C: Canna (3) Yellow Card de Marchi

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Blaine Scully 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Adam Thomas 11 Tom James 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 JOSH NAVIDI (C) 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Taufa’ao Filise 2 Matthew Rees 1 Sam Hobbs BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Thomas Davies 18 Craig Mitchell 19 Macauley Cook 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Lloyd Williams 22 Gareth Davies 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Thomas, James C: Patchell P: Patchell

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 14 - 9 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Sportsground - Saturday 31 October 2015
KO: 18:45 HT: 8-6 Att: 3,834

 

CONNACHT 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Darragh Leader 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Aly Muldowney 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Finlay Bealham 18 Nathan White 19 Quinn Roux 20 Eoin McKeon 21 Ian Porter 22 Rory Parata 23 Niyi Adeolokun

SCORERS T: O’Halloran P: Carty (3)

EDINBURGH 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Damien Hoyland 13 Chris Dean 12 Sam Beard 11 Will Helu 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Nasi Manu 7 Roddy Grant 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Fraser McKenzie 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Cornell Du Preez 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Dougie Fife 23 Nick McLennan

SCORERS P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2), Kinghorn Yellow Card McKenzie

Referee: Leighton Hodges

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 31 - 19 OSPREYSOspreys

Scotstoun Stadium - Sunday 01 November 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 8-9 Att: 6,650

 

WARRIORS 15 Tommy Seymour 14 Lee Jones 13 Richie Vernon 12 Peter Horne 11 Sean Lamont 10 Duncan Weir 9 Mike Blair 8 Ryan Wilson 7 Simone Favaro 6 ROB HARLEY (C) 5 Leone Nakarawa 4 Greg Peterson 3 Sila Puafisi 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 James Malcolm 17 Alex Allan 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Scott Cummings 20 Chris Fusaro 21 Ali Price 22 Sam Johnson 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Lamont, Petersen, Allan, Naiyaravoro C: Weir P: Weir (3)

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Tom Grabham 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Brendon Leonard 8 James King 7 Justin Tipuric 6 Dan Lydiate 5 Rory Thornton 4 LLOYD ASHLEY (C) 3 Aaron Jarvis 2 Scott Baldwin 1 Paul James
BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Dmitri Arhip 19 Alun Wyn Jones 20 Dan Baker 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Sam Davies 23 Jonathan Spratt

SCORERS T: Baker C: Biggar P: Biggar (4) Yellow Card Matavesi, Bevington

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 3 - 27 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Stadio Monigo - Sunday 01 November 2015
KO: 16:00 HT: 3-15 Att: 4,000

 

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Andrea Pratichetti 12 Sam Christie 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Luke Mclean 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Abraham Steyn 7 ALESSANDRO ZANNI (C) 6 Francesco Minto  5 Teofilo Paulo 4 Marco Fuser 3 Rupert Harden 2 Davide Giazzon 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Robert Barbieri 21 Chris Smylie 22 James Ambrosini 23 Tommaso Iannone

SCORERS P: Hayward Yellow Card Nitoglia

LEINSTER 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Ben Te'o 12 Luke Fitzgerald 11 Dave Kearney 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Eoin Reddan 8 Jack Conan 7 Jordi Murphy 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Hayden Triggs 3 Tadhg Furlong 2 Sean Cronin 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Cian Healy 18 Marty Moore 19 Devin Toner 20 Josh van der Flier 21 Luke McGrath 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Noel Reid

SCORERS T: McGrath, Nacewa, Conan, Te'o C: Sexton, McFadden P: McFadden Yellow Card Sexton

Referee: Andy Brace

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Week 5Guinness PRO12 Week 5

STEVEN SHINGLER scored a match-winning penalty with the last kick of the game as SCARLETS preserved their winning streak in the GUINNESS PRO12 and ended MUNSTER's in the process. Munster took command in the first half through Andrew Conway's brilliant solo try, allied to two Ian Keatley's conversion and penalty. Shingler had scored off the tee for Scarlets, who had looked dangerous in bursts and they made good on that promise when both DTH van der Merwe and replacement Tom Williams burst over early after the break. Keatley and Shingler fired over a further nine points with their boot, but it was the latter's haul that proved the match-winning contribution in a 25-22 victory. Something had to give between first-place Munster and second-place Scarlets, who along with Edinburgh were the only sides remaining with a perfect record in the PRO12.

NIC CUDD'S first-half try helped NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS edge past BENETTON TREVISO 19-12 in a war of attrition underneath the Friday night lights at Rodney Parade. Cudd barrelled over following a driving maul for the only try of the game as fly-half Jason Tovey added 14 points to secure the Dragons a second win of the campaign. Jayden Hayward booted all 12 points for Treviso as they picked up a fourth losing bonus point of the young season but suffered a 12th consecutive PRO12 defeat.

ANDREW TRIMBLE set ULSTER on their way to a 24-17 bonus-point victory over CARDIFF BLUES as they extended their unbeaten league run at the Kingspan Stadium to 14 games, equalling the club record. Their last home defeat came way back in May 2014 but contrastingly, the Blues have now completed a clean sweep of away losses to the Irish provinces in the last four rounds. Trimble and scrum-half Paul Marshall both crossed the whitewash as Ulster established a narrow 12-9 half-time lead and fly-half Ian Humphreys passed the 500-point barrier in the PRO12. Nick Williams and Stuart McCloskey secured the four-try bonus point shortly after the break but despite just one victory to their name this term, the Blues don't go down without a fight. Josh Navidi and a Rhys Patchell penalty brought them within seven points but the Ulstermen held on to equal the unbeaten home record they set over a decade ago.

TAQELE NAIYARAVORO went from hero to villain for GLASGOW WARRIORS as they slipped to a 23-18 defeat at LEINSTER and out of the top half. Both sides came into the game with two wins and two defeats in the competition and Zander Fagerson scored the only try of a cagey first 40 minutes. But recent instalments of this fixture at the RDS include a thrilling 34-34 draw in March and the 2014 Final, after which Leo Cullen - now Leinster head coach - retired a PRO12 champion, and the second half kicked into life.

AN all-action performance from Bundee Aki inspired CONNACHT's first away victory over the OSPREYS since 2004 as their brilliant early-season form continued. Dan Baker crossed early on for the Ospreys but a Matt Healy effort put Connacht ahead of half-time after Jack Carty had outscored Sam Davies from the tee by six points to three. Both kickers had missed a flurry of chances, and it was left for Aki to stretch Connacht's lead out further with an effort that Craig Ronaldson converted. Returning international Justin Tipuric crossed for the hosts after coming off the bench, but Davies sent the conversion wide and Connacht held on. It took until Round 4 before Ospreys notched their first GUINNESS PRO12 win of the season, 25-22 over Benetton Treviso, while free-scoring Connacht had started the campaign with three wins from four.

DION BERRYMAN'S second-half try helped a resilient ZEBRE to a first GUINNESS PRO12 triumph of the season as they ended EDINBURGH's 100 per cent start to the campaign at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. Edinburgh had won their first four games in making their best-ever start to a PRO12 campaign but Berryman's close-range effort and 14 points from the boot of Carlo Canna saw the Italians home 19-11. Hamish Watson did go over on the stroke of half-time to give Edinburgh a two-point lead at the interval but in truth Zebre were good value for their victory.

RESULTS

ScarletsSCARLETS 25 - 22 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 23 October 2015
KO: 19:05 HT: 6-13 Att: 6,466

SCARLETS 15 Aled Thomas 14 Hadleigh Parkes 13 Regan King 12 Gareth Owen 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Steven Shingler 9 Rhodri Williams 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Lewis Rawlins 5 Tom Price 4 Jake Ball 3 Samson Lee 2 Ken Owens 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Emyr Phillips 17 Phil John 18 Peter Edwards 19 George Earle 20 Jack Condy 21 Gareth Davies 22 Dan Jones 23 Tom Williams

SCORERS T: van der Merwe, Tom Williams P: Shingler (5) Yellow Card Tom Williams

MUNSTER 15 Andrew Conway 14 Stephen Fitzgerald 13 David Johnston 12 Denis Hurley 11 Gerhard van den Heever 10 Tyler Bleyendaal 9 Cathal Sheridan 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Jordan Coghlan 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Mark Chisholm 4 Robin Copeland 3 BJ Botha 2 Duncan Casey 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 James Cronin 18 John Ryan 19 Dave Foley 20 Shane Buckley 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Ian Keatley 23 Ronan O'Mahony

SCORERS T:  Conway C: Keatley P: Keatley (4) DG: Keatley

Referee: Gary Conway

 

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 19 - 12 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Rodney Parade - Friday 23 October 2015
KO: 19:15 HT: 13-6 Att: 4,940

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Adam Hughes 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Jason Tovey 9 Luc Jones 8 Ed Jackson 7 Nic Cudd 6 LEWIS EVANS (C) 5 Cory Hill 4 Matthew Screech 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 Rynard Landman 20 Ollie Griffiths 21 Sarel Pretorius 22 Dorian Jones 23 Charlie Davies

SCORERS T: Cudd C: Tovey P: Tovey (4) Yellow Card Buckley

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Enrico Bacchin 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Luke Mclean 9 Chris Smylie 8 Abraham Steyn 7 Dean Budd 6 Francesco Minto 5 Tom Palmer 4 Marco Fuser 3 Rupert Harden 2 DAVIDE GIAZZON (C) 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Teofilo Paulo 20 Jean-Francois Montauriol 21 Robert Barbieri 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Andrea Pratichetti

SCORERS P:  Hayward (4)

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 24 - 17 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 23 October 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 12-9 Att: 15,886

ULSTER 15 Louis Ludik 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Sammy Arnold 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Ian Humphreys 9 Paul Marshall 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Roger Wilson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Lewis Stevenson 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Andrew Warwick 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Peter Browne 20 Willie Faloon 21 David Shanahan 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T:  Trimble, Marshall, Williams, McCloskey C: Humphreys (2) Yellow Card Herbst

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Adam Thomas 11 Richard Smith 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 JOSH NAVIDI (C) 7 Josh Turnbull 6 Cam Dolan 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Craig Mitchell 2 Matthew Rees 1 Sam Hobbs BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Thomas Davies 18 Taufa’ao Filise 19 Chris Dicomidis 20 Macauley Cook 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Navidi P: Patchell (4) Yellow Card Turnbull, Summerhill

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER 23 - 18 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

RDS Arena - Friday 23 October 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-13 Att: 11,089

LEINSTER 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Garry Ringrose 13 Ben Te'o 12 Noel Reid 11 Fergus McFadden 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jack Conan 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Rhys Ruddock 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Ross Molony 3 Marty Moore 2 Aaron Dundon 1 Michael Bent BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Dominic Ryan 20 Daniel Leavy 21 Isaac Boss 22 Ross Byrne 23 Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T:  McGrath, PT C: McFadden (2) P: McFadden (3)

WARRIORS 15 Sean Lamont 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Richie Vernon 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Rory Hughes 10 Duncan Weir 9 Mike Blair 8 Ryan Wilson 7 Simone Favaro 6 ROB HARLEY (C) 5 Scott Cummings 4 Tim Swinson 3 Zander Fagerson 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Alex Allan BENCH: 16 Kevin Bryce 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Mike Cusack 19 Greg Peterson 20 Adam Ashe 21 Hugh Blake 22 Grayson Hart 23 Rory Clegg

SCORERS T: Fagerson, Naiyaravoro C: Weir P: Weir (2) Yellow Card MacArthur, Naiyaravoro

Referee: Ian Davies

 

OspreysOSPREYS 16 - 11 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 24 October 2015
KO: 13:30 HT: 8-11 Att: 7,893

OSPREYS 15 Richard Fussell 14 Tom Grabham 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Sam Davies 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 James King 5 Rory Thornton 4 LLOYD ASHLEY (C) 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Paul James 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Rynier Bernardo 20 Joe Bearman 21 Justin Tipuric 22 Tom Habberfield 23 Dan Evans

SCORERS T: Baker, Tipuric P: Davies (2) Yellow Card Matavesi

CONNACHT 15 TIERNAN O'HALLORAN (C) 14 Darragh Laeder 13 Bundee Aki 12 Craig Ronaldson 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 Eoin McKeon 5 Aly Muldowney 4 Quinn Roux 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Shane Delahunt 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 Conan O'Donnell 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ultan Dillane 20 John Muldoon 21 Ian Porter 22 Rory Parata 23 Niyi Adeolokun

SCORERS T: Healy, Aki C: Ronaldson P: Carty (2), Ronaldson

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 19 - 11 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 24 October 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 9-11 Att: 1,500

ZEBRE 15 Kayle Van Zyl 14 Dion Berryman 13 Michele Visentin 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Carlo Canna 9 Marcello Violi 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Jean Cook 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Dario Chistolini 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Valerio Bernabò 20 Jacopo Sarto 21 Luke Burgess 22 Guglielmo Palazzani 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: Berryman C: Canna P: Canna (4)

EDINBURGH 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Tom Brown 13 Will Helu 12 Andries Strauss 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Nathan Fowles 8 Nasi Manu 7 Hamish Watson 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Fraser McKenzie 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Bergha 19 Alex Toolis 20 Cornell Du Preez 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Dougie Fife 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS T: Watson P: Fowles (2)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

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Week4Guinness PRO12 Week 4

NEPIA FOX-MATAMUA scored a try on his competitive debut as Connacht held off a Newport Gwent Dragons fight back to kick off their GUINNESS PRO12 campaign with a dramatic 29-23 victory. The Welsh region have still not won in Galway since 2004 and while Lyn Jones handed debuts to five players - including Sarel Pretorius who went over in the second half - the hosts just held on in the end. Jack Carty kicked 14 points overall for the home side and Fox-Matamua - who joined this summer from Auckland - was at the back of a driving maul to put his side nine points up at the break. Pretorius' score after the interval threatened a fight back but Danie Poolman's score and another Carty penalty appeared to have kept the visitors at bay. But the Dragons - who finished last season strongly with four wins from six - came roaring back in the closing stages and replacement James Thomas barged over to make it a nervous finish. Bundee Aki's fine break then set up Fionn Carr for a try to seal Connacht's win but Tom Prydie's last-gasp penalty at least sent the Dragons home with a losing bonus point.

EDINBURGH enjoyed a winning start to the new season against Leinster as Damien Hoyland scored two tries after the break to hand his side a 16-9 win. The game struggled to spark into life and was locked at 3-3 at the break as Nathan Fowles and the returning Isa Nacewa exchanged first-half penalties. The defining moment of the game arrived on 54 minutes as Hoyland scored in the corner and despite two further Nacewa penalties; Jack Cuthbert settled Edinburgh nerves with a long range penalty to leave it 11-9. And in the final few minutes Hoyland scored his second try of the game to settle the contest in Edinburgh's favour.

LUKE MARSHALL'S last-gasp try secured a bonus-point win for Ulster as they kicked off their season in fine style with a 28-6 victory over the Ospreys. Rob Herring and man-of-the-match Stuart McCloskey went over for first-half scores for Ulster - who have still not lost in the PRO12 at home since May of last year. And while Sam Davies slotted two penalties for the visitors, Wiehahn Herbst went over soon after the interval to effectively seal victory for the home side. In an evenly-matched final quarter, Ulster looked like they had blown their chance of a fourth try and a bonus point but a fine surge by Craig Gilroy set up Marshall to go over in the left corner.

AARON SHINGLER and Hadleigh Parkes crossed over before the break as Scarlets took advantage of a depleted Glasgow Warriors to end their 20-match winning run at Scotstoun. No club in world rugby has had more players called up for the Rugby World Cup than the Warriors and it showed in the early stages, as the visitors flew out the blocks. John Barclay - against his former club - and James Davies thrived at the breakdown as Shingler and captain Parkes each scored in the opening 20 minutes. Mike Cusack and, late on, Glenn Bryce did each score for the Warriors but it was not enough as the inconsistent boot of Dan Jones kept them at bay, earning the Scarlets a 16-10 win and their fifth PRO12 triumph on the bounce.

CAPTAIN CJ Stander led by example to score two second-half tries and lift Munster to an 18-13 victory over Benetton Treviso in their opening GUINNESS PRO12 clash of the new season. Munster found themselves trailing by a point at half-time as they could only muster two Ian Keatley penalties, whereas Treviso helped themselves to a try through Dean Budd which Jayden Hayward converted. But while Treviso could only add two Hayward penalties after the break, Stander touched down twice to rack up a tenth straight PRO12 home win for Munster, and a fourth straight over their Italian visitors.

RHYS PATCHELL grabbed a nine-minute hat-trick - three of 11 tries - as Cardiff Blues ensured they ended round one sitting pretty at the top of the PRO12 table thanks to a 61-13 victory over Zebre. Hosts Cardiff had wrapped up their bonus point before half-time as Josh Navidi went over twice with the returning Tom James and Aled Summerhill grabbing one apiece. All Zebre had to show for their efforts in the first half were two Maicol Azzolini penalties, but Ulrich Beyers did cross the whitewash after the break. However, Cardiff added a further seven tries through Patchell's quick-fire treble, a hat-trick for Josh Turnbull and Summerhill's second of the game to get their campaign off to a flying start.

RESULTS

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 34 - 15 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Sportsground - Friday 16 October 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 29-10 Att: 3,994

CONNACHT 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Rory Parata 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoin McKeon 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Quinn Roux 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Shane Delahunt 17 Conan O'Donnell 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Aly Muldowney 20 Eoghan Masterson 21 John Cooney 22 Craig Ronaldson 23 Darragh Leader

SCORERS T: Healy, Marmion, McKeon, Ronaldson, Buckley C: Ronaldson (3) P: Ronaldson Yellow Card Aki

ZEBRE 15 Ulrich Beyers 14 Dion Berryman 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Kayle van Zyl 10 Edoardo Padovani 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Jacopo Sarto 6 Johan Meyer 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Valerio Bernabò 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Andrea Manici 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Tommaso D'Apice 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Emiliano Coria 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Michele Visentin 23 Carlo Canna

SCORERS T: Berryman, Meyer C: Padovani P: Padovani Yellow Card Lovotti

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 29 - 15 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 16 October 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 10-10 Att: 6,641

WARRIORS 15 Rory Hughes 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Alex Dunbar 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Lee Jones 10 Rory Clegg 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Hugh Blake 5 Scott Cummings 4 ROB HARLEY (C) 3 Zander Fagerson 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Alex Allan BENCH: 16 Fergus Scott 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Mike Cusack 19 Greg Peterson 20 Simone Favaro 21 Mike Blair 22 Gregor Hunter 23 Junior Bulumakau

SCORERS T: Fusaro, Fagerson, Bulumakau, Favaro C: Clegg (3) P: Clegg Yellow Card Naiyaravoro, Favaro

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Ross Wardle 12 Adam Warren 11 Aled Brew 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Ed Jackson 7 Nic Cudd 6 Lewis Evans 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Nick Crosswell 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 Matthew Screech 20 Ollie Griffiths 21 Luc Jones 22 Charlie Davies 23 Nick Scott

SCORERS T: Landman, Hewitt C: Tovey P: Tovey

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 25 - 14 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 16 October 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 15-0 Att: 7,013

SCARLETS 15 Aled Thomas 14 Hadleigh Parkes 13 Regan King 12 Gareth Owen 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Steven Shingler 9 Aled Davies 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Tom Price 4 George Earle 3 Peter Edwards 2 Kirby Myhill 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Phil John 18 Will Taylor 19 Tom Phillips 20 Jack Condy 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Dan Jones 23 Tom Williams

SCORERS T: James Davies, van der Merwe (2) C: Steve Shingler (2) P: Steve Shingler (2)

LEINSTER 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Colm O'Shea 12 Noel Reid 11 Garry Ringrose 10 Ross Byrne 9 Isaac Boss 8 Dan Leavy 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Tom Denton 4 Ross Molony 3 Marty Moore 2 Bryan Byrne 1 Michael Bent BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Jamie Hagan 19 Tadhg Beirne 20 Tony Ryan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Cathal Marsh 23 Mick McGrath

SCORERS T: Nacewa, Tracy C: McFadden (2) Yellow Card Reid

Referee: Gary Conway

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 16 - 10 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

BT Murrayfield - Friday 16 October 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-3 Att: 4,324

EDINBURGH 15 Greig Tonks 14 Tom Brown 13 Chris Dean 12 Andries Strauss 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Nathan Fowles 8 Nasi Manu 7 Hamish Watson 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Fraser McKenzie 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Cornell du Preez 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Will Helu 23 Jack Cuthbert

SCORERS T: Watson C: Tonks P: Tonks (3)

ULSTER 15 Louis Ludik 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Sammy Arnold 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Andrew Trimble 10 Peter Nelson 9 Paul Marshall 8 Nick Williams 7 Sean Reidy 6 Roger Wilson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Callum Black BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Andrew Warwick 18 Bronson Ross 19 Lewis Stevenson 20 Willie Faloon 21 David Shanahan 22 Ian Humphreys 23 Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Reid C: Nelson P: Nelson

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 35 - 27 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Irish Independent Park - Saturday 17 October 2015
KO: 13:30 HT: 8-12 Att: 6,124

MUNSTER 15 Andrew Conway 14 Shane Monahan 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Gerhard van den Heever 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 CJ STANDER (C) 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Dave Foley 4 Mark Chisholm 3 BJ Botha 2 Mike Sherry 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 James Cronin 18 John Ryan 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Tomás O'Leary 22 Denis Hurley 23 Dave Johnston

SCORERS T: Sherry (2), Keatley, Coghlan, Conway C: Keatley (5)

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Garyn Smith 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Gavin Evans 11 Richard Smith 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Craig Mitchell 2 MATTHEW REES (C) 1 Sam Hobbs BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Thomas Davies 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Macauley Cook 20 Jevon Groves 21 Lewis Jones 22 Gareth Davies 23 Harry Davies

SCORERS T: Knowles, Richard Smith, Isaacs C: Patchell (3) P: Patchell (2) Yellow Card Groves

Referee: Neil Hennessy

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 22 - 5 OSPREYSOspreys

Stadio Monigo - Saturday 17 October 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 14-17 Att: 3,700

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Sam Christie 11 Andrea Pratichetti 10 James Ambrosini 9 Edoardo Gori 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Dean Budd 6 Alessandro Zanni (C) 5 Jeff Montauriol 4 Duncan Naudè 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Davide Giazzon 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Salesi Manu 19 Marco Fuser 20 Francesco Minto 21 Braam Steyn 22 Chris Smylie 23 Luke McLean

SCORERS T: Ambrosini, Hayward, Bigi C: Hayward (2) P: Hayward

OSPREYS 15 Richard Fussell 14 Tom Grabham 13 Ben John 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Hanno Dirksen 10 Sam Davies 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 LLOYD ASHLEY (C) 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Cai Griffiths 19 Rynier Bernardo 20 Gareth Delve 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Jonathan Spratt 23 Dan Evans

SCORERS T: Evans, John, Davies C: Davies (2) P: Davies (2)

Referee: Ian Davies

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Week 3Guinness PRO12 Week 3

TRIES from Phil Burleigh and John Andress sent Edinburgh to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 table with a 20-9 win over Ospreys at BT Murrayfield. The Scottish side have now won three from three in the league and this was a victory that owed much to their forward pack that dominated a scrappy encounter. The Ospreys, last season's GUINNESS PRO12 play-off semi-finalists, are still without a win this season, indeed they are still searching for their first try as they only had three Sam Davies penalties to show for their efforts. Yellow cards for Nicky Smith and Olly Cracknell proved decisive as ill-discipline from Ospreys allowed Edinburgh to cross for a try in each half. The Welsh region have only won once in Scotland since September 2009, while the hosts have won the last six encounters between these sides.

A late Ian Keatley penalty handed Munster a 23-21 PRO12 victory over Glasgow Warriors in an enthralling clash at Thomond Park. The Warriors were missing 21 players to international duty on the night but it didn't show as a well-drilled side put Munster under extreme pressure. Rory Clegg was in fine form for the visitors as he turned over six penalties and a drop goal to put his side on the brink of victory. But tries for Dave O'Callaghan and BJ Botha as well as three Keatley penalties secured an important win for Munster.

CRAIG GILROY'S magnificent display inspired Ulster to a routine 48-7 victory over Benetton Treviso. Gilroy claimed a double at the Kingspan Stadium - the first of which was an early contender for try of the season as the Irish province claimed seven tries in all. Dan Tuohy, Sean Reidy and Paul Marshall had all crossed before Gilroy's stunning solo effort sealed a bonus point before the interval. Sam Christie pulled a try back for the Italians - who have not won on the road since May 2013 - but Peter Browne and Gilroy's second stretched Ulster's comfortable lead. And on the night that saw Andrew Trimble become Ulster's most-capped player of all time - his 190th cap taking him past Paddy Wallace - there was still time for Lewis Stevenson to score his first Ulster try.

ISA NACEWA'S first-half double inspired Leinster to a 37-13 bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons. In a scrappy first 40 minutes Nacewa was the standout performer as Leinster carved out a ten-point advantage at the break. It wasn't a vintage performance from Leinster but they were effective in their work and second-half scores for Cathal Marsh and Garry Ringrose sealed the win.

A battling performance from Pat Lam's Connacht got them over the line in a back and forth PRO12 clash with Cardiff Blues. It was a first half that saw the visitors produce some dogged rugby and pull back from a 12-point deficit to go in just two behind at the break. But the home side found their form after the interval and produced a strong showing to take the points as Cardiff faded.

SCARLETS made it a club record seven GUINNESS PRO12 wins in a row to go top of the league as they beat Zebre 20-8 at the Stadio XXV Aprile. It had looked as though the Italian side might repeat their narrow victory over the visitors last season, taking an 8-6 lead into half time. But Scarlets good, and Zebre's poor, form told in the end, as the home side failed to get on the scoreboard in the second half.

RESULTS

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 20 - 9 OSPREYSOspreys

BT Murrayfield - Friday 02 October 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 7-9 Att: 2,475

EDINBURGH 15 Greig Tonks 14 Tom Brown 13 Dean Chris Dean 12 Andries Strauss 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Cornell du Preez 7 Roddy Grant 6 MIKE COMAN (C) 5 Fraser Mckenzie 4 Anton Bresler 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Hamish Watson 21 Nathan Fowles 22 James Johnstone 23 Jack Cuthbert

SCORERS T: Burleigh, Andress C: Tonks, Cuthbert P: Tonks (2)

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Ben John 11 Dafydd Howells 10 Sam Davies 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 LLOYD ASHLEY (C) 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Cai Griffiths 19 Rynier Bernardo 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Ifereimi Boladau 22 Tom Habberfield 23 Aled Jenkins

SCORERS P: Davies (3) Yellow Card Smith, Cracknell

Referee: Andrew Brace

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER 23 - 21 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Thomond Park - Friday 02 October 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 13-9 Att: 11,713

MUNSTER 15 FELIX JONES (C) 14 Andrew Conway 13 David Johnston 12 Tyler Bleyendaal 11 Gerhard van den Heever; 10 an Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 8 CJ Stander 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Dave Foley 4 Mark Chisholm 3 Stephen Archer 2 Duncan Casey 1 James Cronin BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 BJ Botha 19 Robin Copeland 20 Jordan Coghlan 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Rory Scannell 23 Shane Monahan

SCORERS T: O'Callaghan, Botha C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley (3)

WARRIORS 15 Rory Hughes 14 Junior Bulumakau 13 Hugh Blake 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Lee Jones 10 Rory Clegg 9 Grayson Hart 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Tyrone Holmes 5 Scott Cummings 4 ROB HARLEY (C) 3 D’arcy Rae 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Alex Allan BENCH: 16 Fergus Scott 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Kieran Low 20 James Eddie 21 Mike Blair 22 Gregor Hunter 23 Robbie Fergusson.

SCORERS P: Clegg (6) DG: Clegg Yellow Card Holmes, Eddie

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 48 - 7 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 02 October 2015
KO: 18:05 HT: 27-0 Att: 14,398

ULSTER 15 Louis Ludik 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Peter Nelson 9Paul Marshall 8 Roger Wilson 7 Sean Reidy 6 Robbie Diack 5 Dan Tuohy 4 Peter Browne 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Andrew Warwick BENCH: 16 Paul Jackson 17 Callum Black 18 Bronson Ross 19 Lewis Stevenson 20 Clive Ross 21 David Shanahan 22 Sam Arnold 23 Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Tuohy, Reidy, Paul Marshall, Gilroy (2), Browne, Stevenson C: McCloskey (3), Nelson (2) P: McCloskey

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Andrea Pratichetti 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Sam Christie 9 Chris Smylie 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Dean Budd 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Duncan Naudè 3 Rupert Harden 2 Roberto Santamaria 1 Matteo Zanusso BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Jeff Montauriol 20 Andrea De Marchi 21 Abraham Steyn 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 James Ambrosini

SCORERS T: Christie C: Hayward Yellow Card Harden, Barbieri

Referee: Lloyd Linton

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 37 - 13 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

RDS Arena - Saturday 03 October 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 20-10 Att: 10,480

LEINSTER 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Ben Te'o 12 Noel Reid 11 Garry Ringrose 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Isaac Boss 8 Jack Conan 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Ross Molony 3 Marty Moore 2 Aaron Dundon 1 Michael Bent BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Jamie Hagan 19 Rhys Ruddock 20 Dan Leavy 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ross Byrne 23 Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Nacewa (2), Ringrose, Marsh C: McFadden (3), Nacewa P: McFadden (3)

DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Ross Wardle 12 Adam Warren 11 Tom Prydie 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Ed Jackson 7 James Benjamin 6 James Thomas 5 RYNARD LANDMAN (C) 4 Nick Crosswell 3 Brok Harris 2 Hugh Gustafson 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 Matthew Screech 20 Nic Cudd 21 Luc Jones 22 Angus O’Brien 23 Aled Brew

SCORERS T: Pretorius C: Tovey P: Tovey (2)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 36 - 24 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Sportsground - Saturday 03 October 2015
KO: 17:00 HT: 19-17 Att: 3,274

CONNACHT: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Rory Parata 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 8 Eoin McKeon 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Quinn Roux 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Conan O’Donnell 19 Aly Muldowney 20 George Naoupu 21 John Cooney 22 Craig Ronaldson 23 Fionn Carr

SCORERS T: Marmion, Fox-Matamua, Poolman, O'Halloran, Muldowney C: Carty (4) P: Carty Yellow Card O'Halloran

Cardiff BLUES: 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Gavin Evans 11 Richard Smith 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 Josh Turnbull 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 JOSH NAVIDI (C) 5 Lou Reed 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Craig Mitchell 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Sam Hobbs BENCH: 16 Matthew Rees 17 Thomas Davies 18 Dillon Lewis 19 James Down 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Lewis Jones 22 Gareth Davies 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Summerhill, Turnbull, Fish, Hobbs C: Patchell (3), G Davies P: Patchell

Referee: Neil Hennessy

 

ZebreZEBRE RUGBY 8 - 20 SCARLETSScarlets

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Sunday 04 October 2015
KO: 14:00 HT: 8-6 Att: 200

ZEBRE: 15 Mils Muliaina 14 Mattia Bellini 13 Matteo Pratichetti 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Kayle Van Zyl 10 Edoardo Padovani 9 Fabio Semenzato 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Johan Meyer 6 Maxime Mbandà 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Michele Sutto 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Tommaso D'Apice 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Emiliano Coria 17 Bruno Postiglioni 18 Giuseppe Di Stefano 19 Jacopo Sarto 20 Filippo Cristiano 21 Giulio Toniolatti 22 Dion Berryman 23 Ian McKinley

SCORERS  T: Bellini P: Padovani Yellow Card van Schalkwyk, Corea

SCARLETS: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Hadleigh Parkes 13 Regan King 12 Gareth Owen 11 Michael Tagicakibau 10 Daniel Jones 9 Rhodri Williams 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Tom Price 4 George Earle 3 Peter Edwards 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Rob Evans BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Phil John 18 Will Taylor 19 Tom Phillips 20 Jack Condy 21 Aled Davies 22 Steven Shingler 23 Aled Thomas

SCORERS T: J Davies P: Dan Jones (3), Steve Shingler (2) Yellow Card Earle

Referee: Dudley Phillips

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Week 2Guinness PRO12 Week 2

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS never looked like losing during their 13-0 GUINNESS PRO12 victory over Zebre but it was a frustrating night for their fans at Rodney Parade. The Dragons only managed one try through man-of-the-match Ed Jackson in a game where they had a realistic chance of gaining a bonus point, especially after the Italians had a man sent to the sin bin in each half. Newport looked lively from the start and created a number of openings but too often they were wasteful when it counted most, as they attempted to force the final pass or offload. The impressive Jackson was one of those who looked set to go over before a knock-on deep in the opposition 22, but he would eventually receive the score he deserved.

DEFENDING PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors withstood a resurgent second-half Connacht performance, hanging on at Scotstoun to beat the Irish side 33-32. After sacrificing their 20-game unbeaten streak at Scotstoun last week, Connacht might have expected a backlash from Glasgow, and they got one, as Glenn Bryce and Scott Cummings went over to give the Warriors a 17-point half-time lead. However, the visitors scored four second-half tries to reduce the deficit to just one point but despite a mighty effort from Connacht, the champions held on for a famous victory in a thoroughly absorbing game of rugby.

SCARLETS continued their bright start to the season with a 22-12 victory over Ulster that takes their winning run in the competition to six games. The Welsh region, who ended champions Glasgow Warriors' 20-match PRO12 unbeaten streak at Scotstoun last weekend, were 9-0 up at the break through three Dan Jones penalties. Hadleigh Parkes extended the lead before Rory Scholes - taking the injured Andrew Trimble's place in the side - hit back for Ulster. An Ulster penalty try looked to have made things interesting but the home side held firm to record just their second triumph over the Northern Irishmen in their last nine PRO12 meetings.

GREIG TONKS' penalty eight minutes from time gave Edinburgh a second consecutive win to start the season but they were made to work hard in Italy by a dogged Benetton Treviso side. Edinburgh have now begun a campaign with two victories for the first time since 2009/10 and it looked set to be a straightforward day at Stadio Monigo when tries from Phil Burleigh, Damien Hoyland and Sam Beard established a healthy advantage. But tries either side of half-time from Andrea Pratichetti and Duncan Naude brought Treviso back into the game before a Jayden Hayward penalty levelled things up. However, Tonks kept his cool with a late penalty of his own for a 27-24 win that meant the Italian side were forced to settle for a losing bonus point for the second week in a row.

LEINSTER overcame a belligerent Cardiff Blues side at the Royal Society Dublin, eventually converting long periods of pressure to win 23-15. An error-strewn first half meant that the home side were unable to build a lead in their clash despite Jack Conan's try. The second half followed a similar pattern, as Leinster couldn't convert possession into points for the most part, until a concerted effort in the corner eventually led to a penalty try. A late missed drop goal by the otherwise immaculate Rhys Patchell meant Cardiff leave Ireland without even a losing bonus point.

CJ STANDER'S last-gasp try and Ian Keatley's nerveless conversion snatched Munster victory at the Liberty Stadium as they claimed a dramatic 20-18 win over the Ospreys. Six penalties from the boot of Sam Davies had looked like being enough for the home side who were out for revenge against a Munster team that knocked them out of last year's semi-finals. But Anthony Foley's side refused to buckle and after Stephen Fitzgerald's second-half try they remained within touching distance as the game entered the final moments. And it was left to replacement Stander to smash over from close range before replacement Keatley, on for the impressive Tyler Bleyendaal, broke Welsh hearts with the conversion. Defeat ends the 14-match unbeaten run for the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium - Munster also the last team to win there back in 2014 - and Steve Tandy's side have now lost three in a row in this competition for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign.

RESULTS

Newport Gwent Dragons DRAGONS 13 - 0 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

Rodney Parade - Friday 11 September 2015
KO: 19:05 HT: 13-0 Att: 4,159

DRAGONS 15 Tom Prydie 14 Ashton Hewitt 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Ed Jackson 7 Nic Cudd 6 Lewis Evans 5 Rynard Landman 4 Cory Hill 3 Brok Harris 2 T RHYS THOMAS (C) 1 Boris Stankovich BENCH: 16 Hugh Gustafson 17 Phil Price 18 Shaun Knight 19 James Thomas 20 James Benjamin 21 Charlie Davies 22 Dorian Jones 23 Carl Meyer

SCORERS T: Jackson C: Tovey P: Tovey (2)

ZEBRE 15 Dion Berryman 14 Gabriele Di Giulio 13 Tommaso Castello 12 Matteo Pratichetti 11 Michele Visentin 10 Ulrich Beyers 9 Luke Burgess 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk 7 Maxime Mbandà 6 Paul Derbyshire 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 4 Marco Bortolami 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 2 Tommaso D'Apice 1 Bruno Postiglioni BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Emiliano Coria 19 Michele Sutto 20 Emiliano Caffini 21 Fabio Semenzato 22 Mattia Bellini 23 Maicol Azzolini

SCORERS Yellow Card Biagi, van Schalkwyk

Referee: Neil Paterson

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 33 - 32 CONNACHTConnacht Rugby

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 11 September 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 23-6 Att: 6,267

WARRIORS 15 Glenn Bryce 14 Junior Bulumakau 13 PETER MURCHIE (C) 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Lee Jones 10 Rory Clegg 9 Mike Blair 8 Adam Ashe 7 Chris Fusaro 6 Rob Harley 5 Kieran Low 4 Scott Cummings 3 Mike Cusack 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Alex Allan BENCH: 16 Kevin Bryce 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 18 Zander Fagerson 19 James Eddie 20 Tyrone Holmes 21 Hugh Blake 22 Grayson Hart 23 Scott Wight

SCORERS T: Glenn Bryce, Cummings, Harley C: Clegg (3) P: Clegg (3) Yellow Card Fagerson

CONNACHT 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Danie Poolman 13 Rory Parata 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 John Cooney 8 Eoghan Masterson 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 6 JOHN MULDOON (C) 5 Andrew Browne 4 Quinn Roux 3 Rodney Ah You 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Ben Marshall 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Craig Ronaldson 23 Fionn Carr

SCORERS T: John Cooney, PT, Poolman, Fox-Matamua C: Carty (3) P: Carty (2)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 22 - 12 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Parc y Scarlets - Friday 12 September 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-12 Att: 6,601

SCARLETS 15 Steffan Evans 14 Hadleigh Parkes 13 Regan King 12 Gareth Owen 11 Michael Tagicakibau 10 Daniel Jones 9 Aled Davies 8 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 James Davies 6 Aaron Shingler 5 Lewis Rawlins 4 Tom Price 3 Peter Edwards 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Phil John BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Rob Evans 18 Will Taylor 19 George Earle 20 Rory Pitman 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Aled Thomas 23 Tom Williams

SCORERS T: Parkes C: Jones P: Jones (4), Thomas Yellow Card Edwards, Barclay, Earle

ULSTER 15 Louis Ludik 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Rory Scholes 10 Peter Nelson 9 Paul Marshall 8 Nick Williams 7 Willie Faloon 6 Roger Wilson 5 Franco van der Merwe 4 Peter Browne 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 ROB HERRING (C) 1 Andrew Warwick BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Callum Black 18 Ricky Lutton 19 Robbie Diack 20 Clive Ross 21 David Shanahan 22 Sam Arnold 23 David Busby

SCORERS T: Scholes, PT C: McCloskey

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 24 - 27 EDINBURGHEdinburgh

Stadio Monigo - Friday 12 September 2015
KO: 17:10 HT: 16-24 Att: 4,000

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Andrea Pratichetti 11 Simone Ragusi 10 Samuel Christie 9 Chris Smylie 8 Robert Barbieri 7 Dean Budd 6 Marco Barbini 5 Tom Palmer 4 Duncan Naude 3 Rupert Harden 2 Roberto Santamaria 1 ALBERTO DE MARCHI (C) BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Filippo Gerosa 20 Jeff Montauriol 21 Braam Steyn 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 James Ambrosini

SCORERS T: Pratichetti, Naude C: Hayward P: Hayward (4)

EDINBURGH 15 Greig Tonks 14 Dougie Fife 13 Chris Dean 12 Sam Beard 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Sean Kennedy 8 Nasi Manu 7 RODDY GRANT (C) 6 Cornell du Preez 5 Ben Toolis 4 Fraser McKenzie 3 John Andress 2 Neil Cochrane 1 Rory Sutherland BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Alex Toolis 20 Hamish Watson 21 Nathan Fowles 22 James Johnstone 23 Jack Cuthbert

SCORERS T: Burleigh, Hoyland, Beard C: Tonks (3) P: Tonks (2) Yellow Card Cochrane, Berghan

Referee: Matteo Liperini

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 23 - 15 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

RDS Arena - Saturday 12 September 2015
KO: 17:15 HT: 10-9 Att: 13,300

LEINSTER 15 ISA NACEWA (C) 14 Garry Ringrose 13 Ben Te'o 12 Noel Reid 11 Fergus McFadden 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Luke McGrath 8 Jack Conan 7 Josh van der Flier 6 Dominic Ryan 5 Mike McCarthy 4 Ross Molony 3 Jamie Hagan 2 Aaron Dundon 1 Michael Bent BENCH: 16 Bryan Byrne 17 Peter Dooley 18 Royce Burke-Flynn 19 Tadhg Beirne 20 Daniel Leavy 21 Isaac Boss 22 Ross Byrne 23 Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Conan, PT C: Nacewa (2) P: Nacewa (3)

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Gavin Evans 11 Owen Jenkins 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 8 Manoa Vosawai 7 JOSH NAVIDI (C) 6 Josh Turnbull 5 James Down 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Craig Mitchell 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Sam Hobbs BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Thomas Davies 18 Scott Andrews 19 Lou Reed 20 Ellis Jenkins 21 Lewis Jones 22 Gareth Davies 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS P: Patchell (5) Yellow Card Navidi

Referee: Dudley Phillips

 

OspreysOSPREYS 18 - 20 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Sunday 13 September 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 9-6 Att: 8,107

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Kristian Phillips 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Owen Watkin 11 Hanno Dirksen 10 Sam Davies 9 Brendon Leonard 8 Dan Baker 7 Sam Underhill 6 Joe Bearman 5 Rory Thornton 4 LLOYD ASHLEY (C) 3 Dmitri Arhip 2 Sam Parry 1 Nicky Smith BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Marc Thomas 18 Cai Griffiths 19 De Kock Steenkamp 20 Olly Cracknell 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Aled Jenkins 23 Richard Fussell

SCORERS P: Davies (6)

MUNSTER 15 FELIX JONES (C) 14 Andrew Conway 13 Francis Saili 12 Rory Scannell 11 Stephen Fitzgerald 10 Tyler Bleyendaal 9 Cathal Sheridan 8 Robin Copeland 7 Jack O'Donoghue 6 Dave O'Callaghan 5 Dave Foley 4 Mark Chisholm 3 Stephen Archer 2 Mike Sherry 1 Dave Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Duncan Casey 17 James Cronin 18 BJ Botha 19 Jordan Coghlan 20 CJ Stander 21 Duncan Williams 22 Ian Keatley 23 David Johnston

SCORERS T: Fitzgerald, Stander C: Bleyendaal, Keatley P: Bleyendaal (2)

Referee: Claudio Blessano

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Week 1Guinness PRO12 Week 1

NEPIA FOX-MATAMUA scored a try on his competitive debut as Connacht held off a Newport Gwent Dragons fight back to kick off their GUINNESS PRO12 campaign with a dramatic 29-23 victory. The Welsh region have still not won in Galway since 2004 and while Lyn Jones handed debuts to five players - including Sarel Pretorius who went over in the second half - the hosts just held on in the end. Jack Carty kicked 14 points overall for the home side and Fox-Matamua - who joined this summer from Auckland - was at the back of a driving maul to put his side nine points up at the break. Pretorius' score after the interval threatened a fight back but Danie Poolman's score and another Carty penalty appeared to have kept the visitors at bay. But the Dragons - who finished last season strongly with four wins from six - came roaring back in the closing stages and replacement James Thomas barged over to make it a nervous finish. Bundee Aki's fine break then set up Fionn Carr for a try to seal Connacht's win but Tom Prydie's last-gasp penalty at least sent the Dragons home with a losing bonus point.

EDINBURGH enjoyed a winning start to the new season against Leinster as Damien Hoyland scored two tries after the break to hand his side a 16-9 win. The game struggled to spark into life and was locked at 3-3 at the break as Nathan Fowles and the returning Isa Nacewa exchanged first-half penalties. The defining moment of the game arrived on 54 minutes as Hoyland scored in the corner and despite two further Nacewa penalties; Jack Cuthbert settled Edinburgh nerves with a long range penalty to leave it 11-9. And in the final few minutes Hoyland scored his second try of the game to settle the contest in Edinburgh's favour.

LUKE MARSHALL's last-gasp try secured a bonus-point win for Ulster as they kicked off their season in fine style with a 28-6 victory over the Ospreys. Rob Herring and man-of-the-match Stuart McCloskey went over for first-half scores for Ulster - who have still not lost in the PRO12 at home since May of last year. And while Sam Davies slotted two penalties for the visitors, Wiehahn Herbst went over soon after the interval to effectively seal victory for the home side. In an evenly-matched final quarter, Ulster looked like they had blown their chance of a fourth try and a bonus point but a fine surge by Craig Gilroy set up Marshall to go over in the left corner.

AARON SHINGLER and Hadleigh Parkes crossed over before the break as Scarlets took advantage of a depleted Glasgow Warriors to end their 20-match winning run at Scotstoun in the PRO12. No club in world rugby has had more players called up for the Rugby World Cup than the Warriors and it showed in the early stages, as the visitors flew out the blocks. John Barclay - against his former club - and James Davies thrived at the breakdown as Shingler and captain Parkes each scored in the opening 20 minutes. Mike Cusack and, late on, Glenn Bryce did each score for the Warriors but it was not enough as the inconsistent boot of Dan Jones kept them at bay, earning the Scarlets a 16-10 win and their fifth PRO12 triumph on the bounce.

CAPTAIN CJ Stander led by example to score two second-half tries and lift Munster to an 18-13 victory over Benetton Treviso in their opening GUINNESS PRO12 clash of the new season. Munster found themselves trailing by a point at half-time as they could only muster two Ian Keatley penalties, whereas Treviso helped themselves to a try through Dean Budd which Jayden Hayward converted. But while Treviso could only add two Hayward penalties after the break, Stander touched down twice to rack up a tenth straight PRO12 home win for Munster, and a fourth straight over their Italian visitors.

RHYS PATCHELL grabbed a nine-minute hat-trick - three of 11 tries - as Cardiff Blues ensured they ended round one sitting pretty at the top of the table thanks to a 61-13 victory over Zebre. Hosts Cardiff had wrapped up their bonus point before half-time as Josh Navidi went over twice with the returning Tom James and Alan Summerhill grabbing one apiece. All Zebre had to show for their efforts in the first half were two Maicol Azzolini penalties, but Ulrich Beyers did cross the whitewash after the break. However, Cardiff added a further seven tries through Patchell's quick-fire treble, a hat-trick for Josh Turnbull and Summerhill's second of the game to get their campaign off to a flying start.

RESULTS

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 29 - 23 DRAGONSNewport Gwent Dragons

Sportsground - Friday 04 September 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 14-3 Att: 3,624

CONNACHT 15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Danie Polman 13 Rory Parata 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Kieran Marmion 1 Dennis Buckley 2 Tom McCartney 3 Rodney Ah You 4 Quinn Roux 5 Andrew Browne 6 John Muldoon 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua 8 Eoghan Masterson BENCH: 16 Dave Heffernan 17 JP Cooney 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Ben Marshall 20 Eoin McKeon 21 John Cooney 22 Craig Ronaldson 23 Fionn Carr

SCORERS T: Fox-Matamua, Poolman, Carr C: Carty P: Carty (4)

DRAGONS 15 Carl Meyer 14 Tom Prydie 13 Ross Wardle 12 Adam Warren 11 Nick Scott 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sarel Pretorius 1 Boris Stankovich 2 T Rhys Thomas 3 Shaun Knight 4 Cory Hill 5 Rynard Landman 6 Nick Crosswell 7 Nic Cudd 8 Ed Jackson BENCH: 16 Hugh Gustafson 17 Phil Price 18 Brok Harris 19 James Thomas 20 James Benjamin 21 Charlie Davies 22 Dorian Jones 23 Tyler Morgan

SCORERS T: Pretorius, James Thomas C: Tovey (2) P: Tovey (2), Prydie

Referee: Gary Conway

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 16 - 9 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Meggetland - Friday 04 September 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 3-3 Att: 2,479

EDINBURGH 15 Jack Cuthbert 14 Dougie Fife 13 Chris Dean 12 Sam Beard 11 Damien Hoyland 10 Phil Burleigh 9 Nathan Fowles 1 Rory Sutherland 2 Neil Cochrane 3 John Andress 4 Anton Bresler 5 Ben Toolis 6 Cornell Du Preez 7 Roddy Grant 8 Nasi Manu BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Allan Dell 18 Simon Berghan 19 Fraser McKenzie 20 Hamish Watson 21 Sean Kennedy 22 Greig Tonks 23 James Johnstone

SCORERS T: Hoyland (2) P: Fowles, Cuthbert

LEINSTER  15 Isa Nacewa 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Ben Te'o 12 Noel Reid 11 Darragh Fanning 10 Cathal Marsh 9 Luke McGrath 1 Jamie Hagan 2 Aaron Dundon 3 Michael Bent 4 Tom Denton 5 Mike McCarthy 6 Kevin McLaughlin 7 Dan Leavy 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Bryan Byrne 17 Peter Dooley 18 Royce Burke-Flynn 19 Ross Molony 20 Dominic Ryan 21 Isaac Boss 22 Ross Byrne 23 Gary Ringrose

SCORERS P: Nacewa (3) Yellow Card Ryan

Referee: Nigel Owens

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 28 - 6 OSPREYSOspreys

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 04 September 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 3-3 Att: 13,544

 

ULSTER 15 Louis Ludik 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Peter Nelson 9 Paul Marshall 1 Andrew Warwick 2 Rob Herring 3 Wiehahn Herbst 4 Dan Tuohy 5 Franco van der Merwe 6 Roger Wilson 7 Willie Faloon 8 Nick Williams BENCH: 16 John Andrew 17 Ricky Lutton 18 Bronson Ross 19 Pete Browne 20 Clive Ross 21 Sean Reidy 22 David Shanahan 23 Sam Arnold

SCORERS T: Herring, McCloskey, Herbst, Luke Marshall C: McCloskey P: McCloskey (2)

OSPREYS 15 Dan Evans 14 Tom Grabham 13 Jonathan Spratt 12 Ben John 11 Kristian Phillips 10 Sam Davies 9 Tom Habberfield 1 Marc Thomas 2 Sam Parry 3 Dimitri Arhip 4 Lloyd Ashley 5 De Kock Steenkamp 6 Joe Bearman 7 Lloyd Evans 8 Gareth Delve BENCH: 16 Scott Otten 17 Nicky Smith 18 Cai Griffiths 19 Rory Thornton 20 Dan Baker 21 Sam Underhill 22 Brendon Leonard 23 Ashley Beck

SCORERS P: Davies (2) Yellow Card Bearman

Referee: Leighton Hodges

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 10 - 16 SCARLETSScarlets

Scotstoun Stadium - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 17:15 HT: 0-13 Att: 6,562

 

WARRIORS 15 Glenn Bryce 14 Lee Jones 13 Peter Murchie 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Rory Hughes 10 Scott Wight 9 Grayson Hart 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 2 Pat MacArthur 3 Michael Cusack 4 Rob Harley 5 Scott Cummings 6 Josh Strauss 7 Chris Fusaro 8 Adam Ashe BENCH: 16 Kevin Bryce 17 Alex Allan 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Kieran Low 20 Tyrone Holmes 21 Mike Blair 22 Rory Clegg 23 Robbie Fergusson

SCORERS T: Cusack, Glenn Bryce Yellow Card Hart

SCARLETS 15 Steffan Evans 14 Hadleigh Parkes 13 Regan King 12 Gareth Owen 11 Michael Tagicakibau 10 Dan Jones 9 Aled Davies 1 Phil John 2 Emyr Phillips 3 Peter Edwards 4 Tom Price 5 Lewis Rawlins 6 Aaron Shingler 7 James Davies 8 John Barclay BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Rob Evans 18 Will Taylor 19 George Earle 20 Rory Pitman 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Aled Thomas 23 Tom Williams

SCORERS T: Shingler, Parkes P: Jones (2) Yellow Card Rob Evans, Davies, Barclay

Referee: Andrew McMenemy

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 18 - 13 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Irish Independent Park - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-7 Att: 5,425

 

MUNSTER 15 Felix Jones 14 Andrew Conway 13 David Johnston 12 Rory Scannell 11 Shane Monahan 10 Ian Keatley 9 Duncan Williams 1 James Cronin 2 Mike Sherry 3 BJ Botha 4 John Madigan 5 Dave Foley 6 Dave O'Callaghan 7 Jack O'Donoghue 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 John Ryan 18 Stephen Archer 19 Robin Copeland 20 Shane Buckley 21 Cathal Sheridan 22 Tyler Bleyendaal 23 Cian Bohane

SCORERS  T: Stander (2) C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley (2)

TREVISO 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Ludovico Nitoglia 13 Tommaso Iannone 12 Enrico Bacchin 11 Andrea Pratichetti 10 Sam Christie 9 Chris Smylie 1 Alberto De Marchi 2 Roberto Santamaria 3 Rupert Harden 4 Duncan Naude 5 Tom Palmer 6 Robert Barbieri 7 Dean Budd 8 Braam Steyn BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Matteo Zanusso 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Filippo Gerosa 20 Jean-Francis Montauriol 21 Marco Barbini 22 Alberto Lucchese 23 Simone Ragusi

SCORERS T: Budd C: Hayward P: Hayward (2) Yellow Card Nitoglia

Referee: Marius Mitrea

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 61 - 13 ZEBRE RUGBYZebre

BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Sunday 06 September 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 20-6 Att: tbc

 

BLUES 15 Dan Fish 14 Aled Summerhill 13 Tom Isaacs 12 Gavin Evans 11 Tom James 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Tavis Knoyle 1 Sam Hobbs 2 Ethan Lewis 3 Taufa'ao Filise 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 James Down 6 Josh Turnbull 7 Josh Navidi 8 Manoa Vosawai BENCH: 16 Rhys Williams 17 Thomas Davies 18 Craig Mitchell 19 Macauley Cook 20 Ellis Jenkins 21 Lewis Jones 22 Gareth Davies 23 Garyn Smith

SCORERS T: Navidi (2), James, Summerhill (2), Patchell (3) Turnbull (3) C: Patchell, Gareth Davies, Fish

ZEBRE 15 Kayle van Zyl 14 Gabriele Di Giulio 13 Tommaso Castello 12 Mattia Bellini 11 Michele Visentin 10 Maicol Azzolini 9 Luke Burgess 1 Tommaso d'Apice 2 Bruno Postiglioni 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 4 Michele Sutto 5 George Biagi 6 Paul Derbyshire 7 Maxime Mbanda 8 Dries van Schalkwyk BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Andrea De Marchi 18 Emiliano Coria 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Johan Meyer 21 Giulio Toniolatti 22 Ulrich Beyers 23 Matteo Pratichetti

SCORERS T: Beyers C: Beyers P: Azzolini (2) Yellow Card Schalkwyk, Toniolatti

Referee: John Lacey

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