Munster Rugby outclassed Racing 92 at the Stade Yves Du Manoir in their rescheduled European Champions Cup Pool 1 game. A well taken try from right wing Andrew Conway helped Munster into a 25-0 half-time lead, and from there the Irish province closed out a 32-7 win to top their pool after four matches. Ronan O’Mahony delivered another solid performance on the left wing with some good kick-chasing before being replaced on 56 minutes. Tighthead prop John Ryan was an integral part of a dominant scrum, while he also had good success in the loose in the 66 minutes he was on the field. Duncan Williams came off the bench on 67 minutes to help his side see out a comfortable win.
Leinster Rugby ran out very comfortable 70-6 winners at home to Zebre in the Guinness PRO12. Hooker James Tracy’s lineout throwing was reliable throughout, and he carried well when needed. James was initially replaced on 48 minutes but was reintroduced due to an injury, and he continued where he had left off once he re-entered the field of play. Garry Ringrose produced a man of the match performance in a game which saw him run key lines for several of his teammates tries, offload well for a couple of those scores, and finish excellently for two tries of his own. Rhys Ruddock appeared as a replacement just after half-time and carried well throughout, while Noel Reid displayed a good range of passing after coming on with 15 minutes to play. Leinster are third in the league standings.
Connacht Rugby went down 7-29 to league-leaders Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in the Guinness PRO12. Blindside flanker Sean O’Brien dotted down for a deserved first try for Connacht, in what was a consolation try for the visitors with five minutes remaining. Matt Healy was lively on the left wing and made a couple of clean breaks early on, however Ospreys’ brisk attacking play proved a little too much for Connacht on this occasion. Connacht lie eighth in the league.
Wasps came away with a hard fought 22-16 win over Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership to go to of the table by three points. Marty Moore kept up his run of powerful performances at tighthead prop for the league leaders, who did well to fight off a second half comeback from the visiting side at the Ricoh Arena.
Scrumhalf Tomás O’Leary was among the replacements as Montpellier overcame Bordeaux in the Top 14. A 31-26 win for Tomás’ side has them third in the table, five points behind leaders Clermont Auvergne.
Dave Ryan’s Agen side lost out 16-19 to Aurillac and missed out on the chance to go joint-top of France’s PRO D2. Agen sit just three points off Montauban who occupy top spot after fifteen games
Munster ‘A’ recorded a good 28-12 win away from home to Doncaster in the British & Irish Cup. Peter McCabe and Brian Scott, Munster ‘A’s loosehead and tighthead props, did well to stand up to what was a physical encounter with a strong Doncaster side before they were replaced on 51 minutes. Navy Blue’s newest client Dan Goggin had a solid 80 minutes at inside centre as his side look to qualify for the next round of the competition.