Garry Ringrose scored a great try as he ran in from 30 metres for Ireland’s seventh try after 72 mins in his side’s convincing 63-10 win over Italy. Garry carried the ball well throughout and was involved in many of Ireland’s good passages of play. John Ryan came off the bench into the front row after 54 minutes and slotted into a strong scrum with ease. James Tracy, who was a late addition to the matchday squad following an injury, joined John in the front row at hooker after 63 minutes. Ireland are second in the 6 Nations standings after two games, two points behind leaders England.
Munster Rugby are top of the Guinness PRO12 after a comfortable 45-17 win at home to Newport Gwent Dragons. Fullback Andrew Conway grabbed his side’s second try after showing burningpace to gather a loose ball, gather it and finish off strongly. Left wing Ronan O’Mahony also gathered a kick to dot down for a try of his own in a moment of individual brilliance at the endof the game. Right wing Darren Sweetnam returned from injury to re-establish an all-Navy Blue back three for Munster, and did well before being replaced on 55 minutes. Duncan Williams put in a fantastic performance at scrumhalf as one of the experienced heads in a young Munster side. Second row Darren O’Shea came off the bench in the first half and played well throughout. Dan Goggin replaced Andrew Conway in the first half defended well for the remainder of the game. Conor Oliver came on just after half time as Munster’s pack began to reshuffle. Prop Brian Scott joined him not long after, and Peter McCabe also came off the bench for the final ten minutes. Munster are top of the standings after 14 matches.
Connacht Rugby recovered from 0-13 down to beat Cardiff Blues 19-13 away from home in the PRO12. Left wing Matt Healy began Connacht’s comeback with a good finish from inside Cardiff’s 22. Inside centre Craig Ronaldson put in a solid 80 minutes and slotted a penalty right at the end to make sure of his side’s win. Sean O’Brien was replaced three minutes from time after performing well at blindside flanker. Connacht sit eighth in the league table.
Leinster Rugby claimed a 40-14 bonus point win over Benetton Treviso away from home in the PRO12. Noel Reid played 62 minutes at inside centre as Leinster raced in to an early lead in Italy. Blindside flanker Dominic Ryan made a break in midfield that led to his side’s third try. Prop Andrew Porter came off the bench with 56 minutes gone, while second row Ross Molony joined him ten minutes later. Leinster are third in the league, four points behind Munster.
Tighthead prop Marty Moore played 56 minutes in Wasps 35-35 draw with Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership. A good scrummaging performance from Marty was not enough to secure a win for his side, but Wasps hold a five-point lead at the top of the league ahead of Saracens and second row Mark Flanagan was amongst the Saracens team that lost 18-24 to Worcester on Saturday.
James Coughlan came off the bench for Pau in the last ten minutes in their 38-15 win at home to Lyon in the Top 14. Pau are sixth in the league, just three points off third after seventeen matches.
Prop Dave Ryan was among the replacements as Agen lost out 23-25 to Beziers in the PRO D2 and missed the chance to move to top of the league. Just one point covers the top three teams, with Oyannax and Colomiers on 58 points and Agen just behind in third on 57.