24 March 2018; Fergus McFadden of Leinster is tackled by Tom Habberfield of Ospreys during the Guinness PRO14 Round 18 match between Ospreys and Leinster at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Connacht opened the weekend’s Guinness Pro14 fixtures on Friday evening with a close 22-29 loss to Edinburgh in The Sportsground. Navy Blue Sports’ Matt Healy & Sean O’Brien both played the full 80 minutes with Craig RonaldsonEoghan Masterson & Darragh Leader all coming on a replacements in the second half. On Saturday, Ulster travelled to Cardiff where Nick Timoney put in another strong performance at Number 8 but it wasn’t enough as Ulster were unfortunately beaten by the Blues, with a final score of 35-17.

Munster saw off Pro14 Champions the Scarlets in Thomond Park on Saturday evening with a 19-7 win. Dan Goggin came on at first centre to play out the final quarter of the match and in the last Pro14 match of the weekend, an uncharacteristic display from Leinster saw the Ospreys run out victors with a final score of 32-18. Leinster’s cause wasn’t helped by the early losses of both Fergus McFadden & Noel Reid for HIA’s in the first quarter but hopefully both players will be available for this weekends match. Ross Molony & Jordi Murphy both played the full match with Andrew Porter getting through a lot of work in his 50 mins on the pitch & James Tracy seeing out the final half hour at hooker.

Leicester Tigers narrow 16-15 victory over Wasps in the Aviva Premiership saw Marty Moore play out the final 30 minutes for Wasps and in the Greene King Championship Peter Lydon played 75 minutes at full back for Ealing Trailfinders, in their comprehensive 45-20 win over Nottingham. Also in the Championship, Jerry Sexton played 80 minutes in Jersey Reds’ comprehensive 38-16 win over the Rotherham Titans.

In the Top 14 in France, Dave Ryan came of the bench and played 30 minutes for Agen in their 12-15 loss to Brive.

In a busy GAA weekend, Sinead Goldrick was on the score sheet for Dublin Ladies in a very close match against Galway. Galway won by just two points with 1-17 to Dublin’s 1-15 and Sarah Rowe scored three points for Mayo (two from free kicks) in their narrow loss to Cork 1-12 to 2-8