Leinster Rugby succumbed 22-16 away to Montpellier in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup, with all of Leinster’s points coming from captain, Isa Nacewa, who managed to go over in the dying moments of the game for his side’s only try. Isa then coolly slotted the conversion to secure a losing bonus point for his side. James Tracy started the game at hooker and put in a good shift until he was replaced by Sean Cronin in the second half. Garry Ringrose wore the number 13 jersey and made a couple of clean line breaks as his side went searching for points. At half-time, Jordi Murphy replaced Sean O’Brien in the back row, and made his presence felt in what was a very physical encounter against a large Montpellier side. Tomás O’Leary made his debut as a replacement for Montpellier after his temporary move to the French side was confirmed earlier this week. Leinster remain top of Pool 4.
Darren Sweetnam played the full 80 minutes on the right wing for Munster Rugby during their 38-17 in over Glasgow in Thomond Park on Saturday. The match was Darren’s European debut. Tighthead prop, John Ryan, left the field to a standing ovation on 68 minutes after putting in a tremendous shift in the front row. Duncan Williams and Ronan O’Mahony came on as late replacements at scrum-half and full back respectively. Munster climb to the top of Pool 1 in the Champions Cup after this victory.
Connacht Rugby defeated Zebre 52-7 to go top of Pool 2 in the European Champions Cup. Navy Blue client and Connacht centre Craig Ronaldson kicked 5 out of 6 conversions before being replaced on 58 minutes with his side comfortably in front. Flanker Sean O’Brien made his first start of the season and again impressed with some great close in work.
Marty Moore came off the bench for a superb second half, as Wasps won a number of scrum penalties to clinch a 20-20 tie away from home against Toulouse. Wasps drop behind Connacht in Pool 2.
Navy Blue’s Tom Daly returned to playing this week for Leinster ‘A’ in their British & Irish Cup match against Nottingham at Donnybrook. Daly started the game at inside centre, while other Navy Blue clients Ross Molony and Andrew Porter started at lock and loosehead prop respectively. Unfortunately, Leinster ‘A’ were defeated 21-29 in a tight match in Pool 4.
Ulster ‘A’ lost 29-34 to London Scottish in Pool 1 of the British & Irish Cup, where Nick Timoney came on as a late replacement.
Jerry Sexton played the full 80 minutes for London Irish in their 34-3 bonus point victory over the Connacht Eagles in Pool 3 of the British & Irish Cup. The Exiles have won eight from eight in all competitions and face London Scottish next weekend in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Ealing Trailfinders went top of Pool 5 in the British & Irish Cup as they secured a narrow 28-27 victory away from home against a Newport-Gwent Dragons Premiership Select. Navy Blue’s Willie Ryan started the match at blindside flanker.
David Ryan’s Agen continued their fine form in the Pro D2 with a 40-23 victory over Angouleme on Friday night to remain top of the division.