Munster Rugby beat Leinster Rugby 29-17 in a top of the table Guinness PRO12 clash at Thomond Park. Darren Sweetnam continued his run of games on the right wing for Munster before being replaced by fellow Navy Blue client Andrew Conway in the second half. Left wing Ronan O’Mahony finished very well for a try towards the end of the first half. John Ryan put in another good performance at tighthead prop in a strong scrum and was replaced after 62 minutes. Scrumhalf Duncan Williams came off the bench to help his side see out the win with 70 minutes on the clock. Leinster captain Isa Nacewa was three from three from the kicking tee and played the full game on the wing and James Tracy played 62 minutes at hooker. Ross Molony played the full 80 minutes in the second row for Leinster, while Rhys Ruddock started the game at flanker before being replaced by another Navy Blue client Dominic Ryan midway through the second half. Noel Reid and Tom Daly were utilised as second half replacements in Leinster’s backline as Leinster looked to come back into the game. Munster are top of the standings after 11 games and Leinster sit one place and five points behind them in second.
Connacht lost out 7-23 to Ulster Rugby at the Kingspan Stadium in the second Irish interprovincial derby of this round of Guinness PRO12 fixtures. Matt Healy played a full game on the left wing for Connacht as he is back at full fitness and enjoying a run of games in the starting fifteen. Sean O’Brien also clocked up a full 80 at blindside flanker, however Ulster proved too strong at home leaving Connacht at eighth in the PRO2 table.
Another great performance from Marty Moore helped Wasps to a 40-26 win over Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. An effective performance both in the scrum plus a huge tackle count helped his side to remain level on points with Saracens at the top of the table.
James Coughlan started at no.8 for Pau as they secured an impressive 18-16 win over Bordeaux away from home. Pau sit tenth in the Top 14 after 14 games.
London Irish continued their fine run of form with a narrow 26-20 win over Richmond. Jerry Sexton came off the bench and into the second row during the second half and his side are still top of the standings in the Greene King IPA Championship after 12 games.
Blindside flanker Willie Ryan and Ealing Trailfinders were on the wrong end of a 22-16 scoreline at home to Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship. Even with this defeat the Trailifinders still sit third in the league standings.
London Scottish were defeated 5-37 by London Welsh in this weekend’s Exiles derby in the Greene King IPA Championship. Peter Lydon and Danny Kenny played full games at fullback and blindside flanker respectively. London Welsh had a narrow 10-5 lead at half-time, but pulled away from the Scots in the second half.