Leinster Rugby overcame Ospreys 20-18 away from home in an important match for their hopes of a home Guinness PRO12 semi-final. Isa Nacewa captained Leinster from fullback and kicked two conversions and a penalty for seven crucial points with the boot. Fergus McFadden looked threatening in attack and made a lot of metres on the left wing as he played out the full 80 minutes. Blindside flanker Rhys Ruddock also carried well and was responsible for a couple of turnovers and some crunching tackles. Replacement hooker James Tracy played the majority of the second half as Leinster came away from the Liberty Stadium with a very good win. Leinster are top of the league table.
Munster Rugby beat Glasgow Warriors 10-7 in a close game at Irish Independent Park. Openside flanker Conor Oliver followed up his great performance in last week’s British & Irish Cup tie with a Man of the Match showing this weekend. Scrumhalf Duncan Williams was another who went well for the second week in a row. Navy Blue clients made up the entirety of Munster’s back three with Darren Sweetnam and Ronan O’Mahony threatening throughout from the right and left wing respectively and Andrew Conway making some good running metres at fullback. Tighthead prop John Ryan appeared from the bench early in the second half as Munster looked to utilise a top class bench to close out the win.
Ulster Rugby played out a 24-24 draw with Cardiff in the PRO12. Back row Nick Timoney came on in the second half after being named as a replacement for his first appearance for Ulster in the PRO12. Ulster’s draw sees them sit fifth in the league standings, tied with Scarlets in fourth on points but behind on points difference.
Saracens second row Mark Flanagan was a second half replacement in their 40-19 derby win over Harlequins at Wembley Stadium. Saracens are third in the Aviva Premiership table, six points behind leaders Wasps.
London Scottish were on the wrong end of a 72-29 scoreline away to Ealing Trailfinders in the Greene King IPA Championship. Replacement Peter Lydon grabbed The Scots try bonus point after gathering the ball in his own 22 and cutting through the Ealing defence to score against the side he will join in the summer. The Scots sit seventh in the table while Ealing sit third.
Agen secured a vital 22-19 win away from home to Angouleme in the PRO D2. Dave Ryan started again at tighthead prop as his side closed the gap to leaders Oyannax to just two points as the final league games approach.