Ireland finished the Autumn Internationals with a 27-24 win over Australia on Saturday. Garry Ringrose started the game at inside centre and scored his first international try in the first half when he gathered a loose pass and sniped through the Australian defence. Another all-round great performance from Garry on his third international cap.
Leinster Rugby went down 29-38 away to Scarlets on Friday evening in the Guinness PRO12. Having played most of the game with 14 men, Leinster did very well to leave with a try bonus point. Isa Nacewa continued captaining Leinster from full back and kicked three conversions and one penalty. Noel Reid played a solid 80 minutes for his side at inside centre. Tom Daly came off the bench in the second half to partner Noel in the midfield and got himself on the scoresheet after he chased through a grubber kick and dotted down. Replacement hooker James Tracy put in a very strong performance from the bench with some great ball carrying and solid lineouts as his side were looking to get back into the game. Andrew Porter marked his appearance off the bench with his first try for Leinster in the closing moments of the match to secure the bonus point for his team. Ross Molony also appeared for Leinster from the bench in the second half, meaning Navy Blue had six representatives at Parc y Scarlets.
Munster Rugby secured a 46-3 win over Italian side Benetton Treviso at Thomond Park on Friday night. Navy Blue’s Andrew Conway and Ronan O’Mahony both ran in two tries each in a dominant display from the Irish province. The full back and winger linked up impressively throughout the match to help their team stay top of the Guinness PRO12 table. Second row Darren O’Shea also got himself on the scoresheet by running a good line to receive a pass and crash over. Darren Sweetnam continued his strong run of games for Munster on the right wing and Duncan Williams again appeared at scrum half. Recent Irish international John Ryan performed well at tighthead prop.
Craig Ronaldson started at inside centre as Connacht Rugby returned to winning ways with an 18-7 victory over Cardiff Blues in Galway. Craig came off before half time with an injury. This win sees Connacht at eighth position in the PRO12 standings.
Wasps are second in the Aviva Premiership table after a good 34-24 win over Sale Sharks at home on Sunday. Marty Moore started the game at tighthead prop & put in another very strong performance. He looks to be in a great vein of form heading to the Champions Cup double header with Connacht in a few weeks time.
Jerry Sexton started in the second row as London Irish made it ten wins from ten in the Greene King IPA Championship this season. Irish have secured 49 out of a possible 50 points in a fantastic run of games to open up a seven point lead over second placed Yorkshire Carnegie.
Ealing Trailfinders won 19-11 in a closely fought game with London Welsh. Navy Blue’s Willie Ryan had a role to play in his side’s crucial score after 75 minutes, where he was responsible for the first drive in a maul that was brought down illegally, resulting in a penalty try. The Trailfinders remain third in the league standings.
Peter Lydon kicked eight of his sides 13 points including a touchline conversion and a late penalty as they overcame Bedford Blues 13-10 in another tight game in the Greene King IPA Championship. Peter started at fullback and didn’t miss a kick as the Scots got back to winning ways. Danny Kenny again played at blindside flanker for the Scots as they moved one spot above Bedford to ninth in the table.
Dave Ryan played at tighthead prop as Agen overcame Dax 32-30 on Thursday night. This win for Agen maintained their position at second in the PRO D2 table, three points behind leaders Oyonnax.