Leinster Rugby fielded a young side away to Northampton Saints on Friday night and came away with a convincing 37-10 win. Captain Isa Nacewa led by example by scoring one try, two penalties and three conversions for a great personal haul of 17 points from the wing. Leinster got off to a fast start thanks to outside centre Garry Ringrose’s first European try after just one minute. Irish international forwards and Navy Blue clients Rhys Ruddock and James Tracy came off the bench as replacements midway through the second half as Leinster pulled away from their English opponents to stay top of Pool 4.
Munster Rugby’s 38-0 victory over Leicester Tigers was the first time their opponents had failed to register a single point in European Rugby since 2004. Darren Sweetnam continued his great form on Munster’s right wing, and provided a fantastic offload for Jaco Taute’s second try. Tighthead prop John Ryan had another very effective game before being replaced with 65 minutes gone. Scrumhalf Duncan Williams came off the bench after 63 minutes, while Andrew Conway saw off the last 12 minutes at fullback after coming on as a replacement. This great team performance saw Munster stay top of Pool 1.
Wing Matt Healy made his eagerly awaited comeback from a hand injury as a second half replacement in Connacht Rugby’s 17-32 defeat to Wasps. Matt put in a solid performance with good running both on and off the ball. Flanker Sean O’Brien also appeared for Connacht from the bench in the second half, but Pat Lam’s side now sit second in Pool 2 after this result. Marty Moore put in another great shift for Wasps at tighthead prop as he added to a string of impressive performances for the Aviva Premiership side who now lead Pool 2 from their opponents after this bonus point win.
Colomiers came away 33-27 winners over Dave Ryan’s Agen in the French PRO D2. Agen’s loss still sees them sit third in the table, just two points behind leaders Montauban as they aim for promotion to France’s top tier of rugby.
Tom Daly scored 23 points as Leinster ‘A’ racked up a 65-13 win over Scarlets Premiership Select in the British & Irish Cup. Tom scored the opening try of the game after eight minutes, and followed that up with one more try, one penalty and five conversions. Prop Andrew Porter finished off a powerful Leinster ‘A’ maul after 28 minutes to see his side go 22-3 up. One of Navy Blue’s newest clients Dominic Ryan clocked up 64 minutes at openside flanker for Leinster ‘A’, while second row Ross Molony played 25 minutes from the bench.
Munster ‘A’ secured a 35-24 bonus point win away to Rotherham Titans in the British & Irish Cup. Darren O’Shea played the full 80 minutes in the second row for Munster ‘A’ while fellow Navy Blue client Peter McCabe came off the bench late on.
Ireland Sevens international Nick Timoney helped Ulster ‘A’ to a narrow 16-10 victory over Blues Premiership Select at Eaton Park on Friday. Fresh off representing Ireland Sevens in Dubai, Nick started the game at flanker for Ulster ‘A’.
A great season for London Irish continued with a 33-24 bonus point win over Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup. Second row Jerry Sexton put in another strong performance over 80 minutes for Irish who have won three from three in the competition so far.
A tight game saw London Scottish defeated 13-22 to Jersey Reds in the British & Irish Cup. Peter Lydon kicked one penalty in his side’s loss at the Athletic Ground, while the Scots’ other Navy Blue client, flanker Danny Kenny, played solidly in the number 7 jersey. The Scots will be looking to get back on track next week in the reverse fixture at St. Peter’s.
Ealing Trailfinders maintained their unbeaten run in the British & Irish Cup by securing a 19-19 draw with Bedford Blues away from home on Saturday. Willie Ryan notched up a full 80 minutes at no.8 for the Championship high-flyers.