Right wing Darren Sweetnam grabbed a try in each half for Munster Rugby as they beat Treviso 34-14 to secure a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO 12. Scrumhalf Duncan Williams was lively throughout and always looked dangerous around the base of the ruck, making a good initial snipe to set up Darren’s first try. Second row Darren O’Shea was involved in his side’s second try of the game and put in another good overall performance. Conor Oliver – nominated for Academy Player of the Year along with Brian Scott and Dan Goggin – started at openside flanker and kept up his run of good form. Brian made an appearance from the bench with ten minutes remaining. Unfortunately left wing Ronan O’Mahony had to be replaced early on due to a serious leg injury.
Connacht Rugby lost out to Scarlets 8-30 in the PRO 12 with replacement centre Craig Ronaldson scoring his side’s only try with a good finish in the corner in the second half. Darragh Leader started his first match in over a year on the right wing with Sean O’Brien starting at blindside flanker with both players heavily involved throughout as was Eoghan Masterson who started the game at No.8. Connacht are eighth in the league table with just one game remaining.
Dominic Ryan, who started at blindside flanker in his final appearance for the club, got over for an early try for Leinster Rugby after four minutes, but unfortunately had to be replaced soon after due to an arm injury. Ross Molony captained the side for the first time in a competitive fixture from the second row and put in a very good performance in the process as they beat Glasgow 31-30. Tom Daly was prominent throughout at inside centre, once being replaced by Noel Reid in the first half before replacing him again in the second half. Noel was involved in setting up Leinster’s fourth try with some slick passing. Fergus McFadden put in another good performance in the full 80 minutes on the left wing. James Tracy started at hooker and was solid as he too played the full 80.
Back row Nick Timoney made an appearance from the bench in the second half of Ulster Rugby’s 10-24 loss to Ospreys. Ulster are fifth in the league with this result, and qualifying for the playoffs looks like a tough task from here.
James Coughlan started at no.8 for Pau in their final home game of the season, and James’ last home appearance for the club, as they beat Brive 32-27. Pau are hoping to secure European rugby for enxt season with their last game of the season.
Dave Ryan played at tighthead prop for Agen as they lost out 18-20 in a close game to Abli. Agen still sit in second place, three points ahead of second place Mont-de-Marsan, as they look to secure promotion to the Top 14 for next season.