James Tracy played well at hooker in Leinster Rugby’s 39-10 win over Edinburgh Rugby in the Guinness PRO 12. Noel Reid played 55 minutes at inside centre and was a key part of his side’s third try with a well-placed pass. Second row Ross Molony also played 80 minutes in Leinster’s win, and impressed with a high tackle count and carried well when needed to. Dominic Ryan started the game at blindside flanker but unfortunately was replaced early on due to receiving a head knock that required Head Injury Assessment. Andrew Porter came off the bench into the front row midway through the second half. Leinster are second in the league table.
Munster Rugby fielded a total of nine Navy Blue clients in their match against Ospreys in the PRO 12. John Ryan kept up his impressive form at tighthead prop. Darren O’Shea played well in the second row over the 45 minutes he was on the pitch in this tight encounter, while Duncan Williams put in another solid 80 at scrumhalf. Right wing Darren Sweetnam broke well and combined with replacement Andrew Conway in the lead up to Munster’s decisive match-winning try. Ronan O’Mahony also performed well over his 71 minutes on the left wing. A double-replacement saw Conor Oliver and Dan Goggin come on in the back row and wing respectively for the latter stages of the match. Prop Peter McCabe also appeared from the bench after Munster had got the final score and as they looked to close out the result. Munster are top of the league standings.
Craig Ronaldson was a key part of Connacht Rugby’s tight win over Newport Gwent Dragons in the PRO 12. Craig played 77 minutes at inside centre and kicked two conversions in their 14-9 win at home to the Welsh side. Left wing Matt Healy was lively for Connacht throughout his 80 minutes and always seemed to pose a threat down his side. Matt offloaded well for his side’s first try. Sean O’Brien put in another great all-round performance and made a crucial turnover late on as the Dragons were putting pressure on Connacht. Connacht are eighth in the league.
Prop Marty Moore appeared from the bench after 64 minutes in Wasps 28-34 loss to Sale in the Aviva Premiership. Wasps manage to remain top of the table, still five points ahead of Saracens in second, who lost 23-31 to Gloucester in a game that saw Navy Blue lock Mark Flanagan involved in their matchday squad.
London Scottish lost 33-37 to Jersey Reds in the Greene King IPA Championship. Danny Kenny started the match at openside flanker as he continued a good run of games for the Scots. Fullback Peter Lydon got over for a try in the second half, and also knocked over four conversions, but a personal haul of 13 points wasn’t enough as his team lost and swapped places with Jersey in the league table, so now sit seventh.
Agen were on the wrong end of a 37-20 scoreline away to Perpignan in the PRO D2. Dave Ryan started at tighthead prop for Agen, however even with this loss, his side remain just two points behind league leaders Oyannax.