Munster Rugby finished top of the regular season standings of the Guinness PRO12 after a convincing 50-14 win over Connacht at Thomond Park. Inside centre Dan Goggin was key to his side’s first try, running a great line in the build up to the score. Fullback Andrew Conway was involved in the build up to Munster’s second try before dotting down for his first try of the game with a superb finish in the corner. He scored his second after he was put straight through a gap to touchdown right behind the posts. Openside flanker and Munster’s Academy Player of the Year Conor Oliver rounded off his team’s scoring with a try in the last minute as he continued his fine run of form at the back end of the season. Darren O’Shea was another who kept up a string of good performances as he went well in the second row. Prop John Ryan appeared from the bench in the second half for Munster as they closed out a good win. Craig Ronaldson started at inside centre for Connacht and kicked two conversions in his side’s loss. Sean O’Brien came off the bench midway through the second half while Darragh Leader saw out the last ten minutes also after coming on as a replacement. Munster have a home semi-final against Ospreys to look forward to, while Connacht will face either Northampton Saints or Gloucester in a Champions Cup playoff.
Ulster Rugby beat Leinster Rugby 17-13 in their final game of the season. Back row Nick Timoney came off the bench for Ulster in the second half and played well to finish the season strongly. Isa Nacewa captained the side from fullback and was prominent throughout. Garry Ringrose made some good line breaks from outside centre and also defended well throughout. Noel Reid partnered Garry in Leinster’s midfield and looked good before being replaced late on. Fergus McFadden put in another lively performance on the left wing as he racked up a full 80 minutes. James Tracy started at hooker for Leinster and went well before being replaced in the second half. Rhys Ruddock put in another strong performance at blindside flanker as his good run of form continues. Second row Ross Molony came off the bench in the second half and went well in his 25 minutes on the field, while prop Andrew Porter came on soon after Ross and slotted in seamlessly to Leinster’s front row. Leinster face Scarlets in their PRO12 semi-final.
James Coughlan played the final game of his professional career as he started at no.8 for Pau against Toulon. Toulon ran out 32-12 winners on the day to leave Pau ninth in the Top 14 league standings. James takes over Pau’s Academy from next season.
Dave Ryan was involved for Agen as they missed out on the chance to finish the season top of the PRO D2 after a 13-13 draw with Colomiers. Agen finished the regular season in second place heading into the playoffs as they look to secure promotion to the Top 14.