Second row Ross Molony scored a try off the back of a maul in the 66th minute for what proved to be the match-winning score for Leinster in their 22-21 win over Cardiff Blues. Number 8 Rhys Ruddock put in a man of the match performance for Leinster who remain top of the Guinness PRO 12 table. Inside centre Noel Reid put in a great grubber kick to set up his side’s first try of the day and was very prominent throughout. Isa Nacewa made his return from injury on the left wing and put in a great shift over the 80 minutes while making a lot of running metres. James Tracy came off the bench early in the second half as a replacement hooker and slotted in seamlessly for the remainder of the match. Tom Daly and Fergus McFadden also appeared from the bench and into Leinster’s backline in the second half as the home side closed out a narrow win.
Ronan O’Mahony grabbed two tries for Munster from the left wing as they beat Zebre 50-14 away from home. Darren Sweetnam did well in the build-up for Ronan’s second try and performed well throughout on the right wing. Andrew Conway was named in the starting XV at fullback but was withdrawn before the match due to a stiff neck. Duncan Williams put in another solid shift at scrumhalf before being replaced midway through the second half. John Ryan went well at tighhead prop and was key to Munster’s pack coming out on top of Zebre’s. Conor Oliver came off the bench and into the back row midway through the second half while Darren O’Shea and Dan Goggin also appeared as replacements later on in the second half. Munster are second in the Guinness PRO 12 standings.
Inside centre Craig Ronaldson kicked 11 points for Connacht Rugby in their 24-35 loss away to Glasgow Warriors as they missed out on a great chance to close the gap in the table between the two sides. Sean O’Brien played the majority of the game at blindside flanker for Connacht however his strong performance could not help Connacht bring any points home from Scotstoun. Connacht are seventh in the Guinness PRO 12 table.
Wasps confirmed their Premiership playoff place with a 40-33 win over Worcester Warriors. Marty Moore started at tighthead prop for Wasps and did well for the hour he was on the pitch. Wasps sit top of the Aviva Premiership, five points clear of Exeter Chiefs.
Prop Dave Ryan was named as a replacement for Agen who came away with a losing bonus point in their top of the table clash with Oyannax. Agen are second in the PRO D2 standings despite this 26-31 loss and are three points clear of third-placed Biarritz.
London Irish suffered their first loss of the season in the Greene King IPA Championshp as they went down 11-15 away to Jersey Reds. Jerry Sexton came off the bench into the second row early in the second half for Irish who had already secured their play-off spot last week.
Peter Lydon kicked a late conversion for London Scottish however they were overcome by Bedford Blues 22-41 in the Greene King IPA Championship. The Scots are seventh in the league standings with Bedford having closed the gap on them in eighth.