Jordi Murphy scored Ireland’s first try as Ireland overcame New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago to secure his country’s first ever victory over the All Blacks. Jordi was having a great game in the number 7 jersey before he was taken off in the first half with a serious knee injury. Garry Ringrose was an unused replacement in Ireland’s impressive victory so hopefully he will win that first cap this weekend.
A try from debutant outside centre Tom Daly helped Leinster Rugby record a 33-10 victory over Italian side Zebre away from home. Inside centre Noel Reid was instrumental in his side’s first try as he chipped a kick through to give Leinster good field position that resulted in a try. Tom also played provider as he put Adam Byrne in for his first try. Andrew Porter started the game at loosehead prop. Captain and fullback Isa Nacewa kicked four conversions in a result that sees Leinster go top of the Guinness PRO12. Back rower Rhys Ruddock made his return from injury as a replacement after 56 minutes, and James Tracy also made an appearance from the bench.
Munster Rugby moved into second place in the PRO12 after a 33-0 victory over Ospreys, a game in which seven Navy Blue clients were involved. Scrum-half Duncan Williams, fresh off his 100th PRO12 appearance last week, was involved in a phase of play that saw winger Darren Sweetnam go over for Munster’s second try in what was a dominant opening 20 minutes for his side. Ronan O’Mahony managed a try of his own early in the second half, hacking a loose ball forward before pouncing on it to score, as Munster continued their dominance. Fullback Andrew Conway played a solid game as he completed 80 minutes. Darren O’Shea started the game as part of a new-look second row. Prop Peter McCabe made his debut for Munster as a replacement after 72 minutes, and flanker Conor Oliver also saw game time from the bench, replacing Tommy O’Donnell with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Mark Flanagan made his first start for Saracens in the second row as they lost 32-36 to Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Mark played the full 80 minutes in a game that saw 10 tries being scored.
Peter Lydon started at fullback for London Scottish in their 23-29 defeat to Doncaster in the Championship. Peter kicked one conversion and two penalties in his side’s loss. The Scots are in ninth position in the Greene King IPA Championship after eight games.
Ealing Trailfinders beat Rotherham 50-24 to go third in the Championship. Willie Ryan started once again at blindside flanker in the comfortable win. The Trailfinders have now won four games on the bounce and sit third in the table.
Tomás O’Leary started at scrum-half for Montpellier in a 9-21 defeat to Racing Metro but has picked him a knee injury which will keep him sidelined for a short period of time. Montpellier remain fifth in the Top 14 table.