Guinness Pro12 Round Seven Review

Guinness Pro12 Round Seven Review

  • Ospreys back to winning ways with a bonus point victory over Zebre
  • Connacht makes it five wins in a row as they continue to lead the way in the Pro12
  • Scarlets fall to their first defeat of the season on their travels against Leinster
Friday 6th November
Leinster 19-15 Scarlets
Connacht 33-19 Benetton Treviso
Saturday 7th November
Cardiff Blues 30-35 Glasgow
Edinburgh 14-16 Munster
Ospreys 36-3 Zebre
Sunday 8th November
NG Dragons 12-19 Ulster

Leinster 19-15 Scarlets
Leinster made the most of Scarlets mistakes on Friday night to come from behind to scrape a narrow victory against their Welsh opponents.

Having been on the back foot for the majority of the first half, Leinster started the second half brilliantly, scoring a converted try to make it 16-15 to the home side.

Johnny Sexton thought he’d sealed the win when he touched down nine minutes from the end, but the TMO ruled out the score due to blocking. Leinster then scored a penalty to extend their lead to four points before holding on for the win.

 Connacht 33-19 Benetton Treviso
Connacht overcame Benetton Treviso to record their fifth consecutive win in the Pro12. The Irish side started well but the Italians were very resilient in the first half, only trailing 9-5 at half time.

But in the second half Connacht opened the game up through a Robbie Henshaw try, which made it 16-5 to the hosts. Treviso remained competitive and scored a converted try of their own to bring themselves back within four points.

However, two further converted tries and a penalty took the hosts clear, meaning despite a last minute try for Treviso, Connacht held on for a comfortable win as they continue to top the table after round seven.

Edinburgh 14-16 Munster
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne had a drop goal charged down during injury time as Munster held on to clinch an impressive away win against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Two Ian Keatley penalties made it 14-16 in favour of the away side, meaning Munster are unbeaten away to Edinburgh now for the last four seasons.

Edinburgh started their Pro12 season brilliantly but have now lost their last three games.

Even though Munster’s Gerhard van den Heever was sent to the sin-bin, the hosts couldn’t make the extra man count, as Munster’s Ian Keatley kicked what proved to be the winning points as Edinburgh were penalised in the scrum.

Cardiff 30-35 Glasgow
Glasgow Warriors came from behind against Cardiff Blues before fending off a late rally from the hosts to earn a hard-fought bonus-point away victory.

Even though the reigning champions dominated most of the match, their Welsh opponents simply would not lay down and amassed 30 points of their own during the 80 minutes.

The Blues set up a thrilling end as they were awarded a penalty try after a deliberate tap down from Stuart Hogg. Although having not found a way through in four minutes of overtime Cardiff lost the ball and Glasgow kicked it into touch to hold on to the win.

Ospreys 36-3 Zebre
After winning back-to-back matches, Zebre slumped to an embarrassing defeat to Ospreys.

Tries from Eli Walker and Jonathan Spratt ensured Ospreys went into the break with a commanding 17-3 lead.

Ospreys downed their third try through Matavesi before Justin Tipuric secured the bonus point win with his try.

Zebre put some pressure on the hosts with the hope of a last-minute consolation try but Ospreys held off the pressure to secure an impressive win.

NG Dragons 12-19 Ulster
Ulster fought back from 9-0 down early on to record their first away win of the Pro12 campaign as they beat Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Paul Marshall crossed the whitewash in the second half to give the visitors the lead and although they had to withstand intense pressure from the Dragons in the closing stages they were able to hold on for the victory.


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