Ireland picked up their second win of this year’s 6 Nations campaign, with two Navy Blue clients involved in their 19-9 win at home to France. Garry Ringrose performed very well at outside centre in a very physical game. Prop John Ryan came off the bench for the last 10 minutes as Ireland were closing out a hard-fought win.
Munster Rugby lost out to Scarlets 21-30 at Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO 12. Conor Oliver made his first start at no.8 for Munster and marked the day with a try on 29 minutes. Dan Goggin – who played very well throughout – made a great break and linked up with left wing Ronan O’Mahony who made it just short of the Scarlets line. Conor then charged over following quick ball from scrumhalf Duncan Williams. Right wing Darren Sweetnam also crossed for a try of his own after 22 minutes in the right corner. Andrew Conway came off the bench and into fullback on 53 minutes, while prop Brian Scott and lock Darren O’Shea also appeared as replacements with 65 minutes on the clock. Peter McCabe was also involved in the matchday squad, but Munster’s great run of form at Thomond Park came to an end. Munster are third in the PRO 12 standings.
Leinster Rugby secured a 54-22 win away from home to Scarlets in the PRO 12. Second row Ross Molony scored the try that guaranteed Leinster’s bonus point by going over after 54 minutes. Replacement hooker James Tracy then scored a try of his own as Leinster closed out the game very strongly. Inside centre Noel Reid was solid throughout his 80 minutes. Fergus McFadden made his long-awaited return to playing following an injury and will be happy with his 65 minutes on the left wing. Rhys Ruddock also returned to the Leinster team and played 61 minutes at blindside flanker, racking up a big tackle count in the process. Leinster now lead the Guinness PRO 12 standings.
Connacht Rugby won 34-19 away to Treviso in the PRO 12 to continue their fine form in the league. Craig Ronaldson put in another great performance at inside centre for Connacht, two penalties, three conversions and a try where he gathered a grubber kick to touch down. Sean O’Brien played 80 minutes at blindside flanker in a straightforward Connacht win. Connacht remain eighth in the table.
Prop Marty Moore came off the bench after 60 minutes for Wasps as they secured a 35-22 bonus point win over Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership. Wasps are top of the league, six points clear of Exeter Chiefs.
Saracens second row Mark Flanagan made an appearance as a late replacement in his side’s 29-18 win over Sale in the Premiership. Saracens are seven points behind Wasps in third place.
London Irish overcame London Scottish 29-20 in the Exile Derby in the Greene King IPA Championship. Danny Kenny started at blindside flanker for the Scots and impressed throughout. Peter Lydon kicked well and knocked over two penalties and two conversions, however London Scottish only missed out on a losing bonus point due to a last minute penalty from Irish. The Scots are seventh in the league.
Dave Ryan started at tighthead prop for Agen as they beat Narbonne 32-22. Dave played 55 minutes in Agen’s win, and his side sit one point off league leaders Oyannax in third.