Connacht Rugby’s inside centre Craig Ronaldson scored one penalty and one conversion in his side’s 10-19 loss to Toulouse in the European Champions Cup. Matt Healy played a full 80 minutes on the left wing. Sean O’Brien came off the bench and into the back row after 62 minutes as Connacht looked to claw back a deficit, however Connacht were knocked out of Europe due to Wasps win over Zebre in Pool 2’s other game.
Munster Rugby overcame Racing 92 for the second time in three weeks with a 22-10 victory in Thomond Park to see them top their Champions Cup Pool 1. Left wing Ronan O’Mahony got his side’s second try of the day as he dived over in the corner after 49 minutes. John Ryan put in another fantastic shift at tighthead prop before being replaced on 73 minutes. Right wing Andrew Conway provided the assist for Munster’s last try as he drew three defenders in before releasing Ian Keatley for an easy finish. Replacement scrumhalf Duncan Williams appeared with 8 minutes remaining as Munster closed out another impressive win.
Leinster Rugby drew 24-24 away to Castres to ensure progression to the Champions Cup quarter finals. Ross Molony clocked up 74 minutes in the second row and played well throughout. Garry Ringrose put in a good performance at outside centre with some good offloads and line-breaks for the duration of the game. Isa Nacewa captained his side from fullback but had to be replaced in the first half due to a knock. James Tracy came off the bench into hooker early on in the second half.
Marty Moore played 58 minutes at tighthead prop in a strong scrum as Wasps beat Zebre 41-27 away from home to advance to the Champions Cup quarter finals.
Tomás O’Leary came off the bench with five minutes to go as Montpellier closed out a comfortable 26-17 win over Northampton in the Champions Cup.
Agen have dropped to third in the PRO D2 table after a 17-20 away to Biarritz. Dave Ryan was a replacement prop early in the second half for Agen who remain only three points off leaders Montauban after 18 matches.
London Irish suffered their first defeat of the season in a narrow 24-26 loss to Ospreys Premiership Select in the British & Irish Cup. Jerry Sexton came off the bench into the second row after 53 minutes but Irish lost out due to an Ospreys try with just a few minutes remaining on the clock.
Ealing Trailfinders lost their unbeaten run in the British & Irish Cup as they were defeated 10-14 by Yorkshire Carnegie. Willie Ryan again played blindside flanker as his side moved top of their pool with a losing bonus point.
Billy Dardis continued his comeback from injury by starting at fullback in a big 71-17 Leinster ‘A’ win over Richmond in the British & Irish Cup. Billy set up Tom Daly’s first try of the game as he crossed from a Leinster ‘A’ attack down the right side. Tom then turned provider to set up another Leinster try underneath the posts, before rounding off the scoring with the final try of the game.
Eoghan Masterson made his return from a long injury layoff for Connacht Eagles against Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup. Eoghan played the first half at number 8 and Cornish Pirates came away with a 50-24 win.
Prop Brian Scott and second row Darren O’Shea both represented Munster ‘A’ in a mid-season friendly against Saracens Storm on Friday night at Allianz Park. Mark Flanagan played in the second row for Saracens as they came away with a 47-31 victory after a high-paced game of rugby.
Back rower Nick Timoney was named as a replacement as Ulster ‘A’ lost 21-26 to Jersey Reds, however his side still progress to the next round of the competition.