Munster Rugby lost out to Leicester Tigers 16-18 due to a last minute long range penalty kick from Leicester. Darren Sweetman played the full 80 minutes for Munster on the right wing as Munster looked to pick up where they left off from last week by going into an early lead. John Ryan again started at tighthead prop and notched up 74 minutes in an attritional Champions Cup game. Duncan Williams and Andrew Conway appeared from the bench at scrumhalf and left wing in the final ten minutes but unfortunately for Munster, the Tigers just scraped the win at Welford Road and Munster sit second in Pool 1.
Connacht scored a converted try with the last play of the game to secure a dramatic 20-18 victory over Wasps at the Sportsground. Matt Healy put in a very good performance for Connacht with some great attacking running and some incisive lines throughout the match. Sean O’Brien came off the bench early in the second half and impressed with some good ball carrying. Marty Moore came off the Wasps bench and destroyed the Connacht scrum and helped swing the momentum his side’s way until the last controversial score by Connacht. This victory for Connacht sees them tied with Wasps and Toulouse atop of Pool 2 of the Champions Cup.
Leinster Rugby recorded a second straight win over Northampton Saints with a 60-13 victory on Saturday. Wing Isa Nacewa put in another captain’s performance at the Aviva Stadium with two tries, four conversions and one penalty. Garry Ringrose started the game at outside centre and with 63 minutes on the clock, Garry was replaced by fellow Navy Blue client Noel Reid as Leinster were seeing out the game comfortably. Rhys Ruddock came on as a replacement early in the second half and James Tracy also appeared from the bench at hooker and his break led to Leinster’s eighth try of nine, in a victory that sees them top of Pool 4 of the Champions Cup.
A top of the table PRO D2 clash between Dave Ryan’s Agen and Montauban saw Agen come away with a 28-23 victory. This win sees Agen tied for first with Oyonnax, with just one point separating the top three teams.
Leinster ‘A’ suffered a 7-27 defeat to Scarlets Premiership Select in British & Irish Cup on Saturday. Tom Daly converted his side’s only try as he played the full 80 minutes at inside centre. Dominic Ryan also clocked up a full game for Leinster ‘A’, who go in to the penultimate round of the competition still harbouring hopes of getting out of the group.
Munster ‘A’ secured a second straight win over Rotherham Titans in the British & Irish Cup at Ennis RFC on Sunday. A try from loosehead prop Peter McCabe helped Munster ‘A’ secure a bonus point victory. Navy Blue’s newest client Brian Scott put in a good shift at tighthead prop until he was replaced midway through the second half. Second row Darren O’Shea also saw out the full 80 minutes as Munster ‘A’ came away with a convincing 34-3 win.
Nick Timoney played 60 minutes at blindside flanker for Ulster ‘A’ in a fantastic 30-27 win over Cardiff Select. The come from behind win sees Ulster ‘A’ top of Pool 1 in the British & Irish Cup, and they now must be considered one of the top contenders to win the competition.
London Irish stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games with a tight 17-16 win over Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup. Jerry Sexton continued at second row for Irish in what was their tightest match of the season so far.
Jersey defeated London Scottish 23-19 at St.Peter’s in the British & Irish Cup in a closely fought game. The Scots will feel that they could have won this game, which saw Danny Kenny play the full 80 minutes at openside flanker. The Scots will need other results to go their way if they are to qualify from their pool and continue in the competition.
Willie Ryan played at blindside flanker as Ealing Trailfinders won 40-23 at home to Bedford Blues. A good season for the Trailfinders continues as they are top of their British & Irish Cup pool.