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Rabo Round Up : Ulster Prevail As Munster And Leinster Lose

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Ulster 18-7 Connacht 

Dan Parks was the key player for Connacht with the former Scottish international ensuring a great start by scoring a try. However, this was to be Connacht’s only score of the game as Ulster began to express their dominance in the game. Ulster’s Michael Allen finished off a move which was set up by Paddy Jackson to bring the gap to two points at the break. Connacht led at the break by 7 points to 5. The second half was all about Ulster as Jackson converted his first penalty in the game, to give Ulster a well deserved lead.  Jackson put Connacht to the sword for the remainder of the half when he scored and converted a try before sending a penalty between the posts to secure an 18-7 win for Ulster.

Munster 19-29 Treviso

Munster started this game brightest with an early unconverted try by Keith Earls. However, the Italians soon responded when New Zealander Mat Berquist converted two penalties to put Treviso in the lead.  Niall Ronan was sinbinned for punching a Treviso player and ill-discipline looked like it was going to set in for Munster.  Munster held out while being down a player and following the return of Ronan the Munster pack placed pressure on the Treviso scrum on several attempts and were awarded a penalty try which was converted by Ian Keatley to give Munster a 12-6 lead. However, despite this the Italian’s again converted another penalty to leave Munster only three points clear at the break. Munster started well in the second half when Stephen Archer crossed for their third try of the game, which was subsequently converted by Keatley, with a Munster victory now looking likely. Treviso came to life after this when Ludovico Nitoglia cantered over for Treviso’s first try of the game with Berquist’s conversion bringing Treviso back into this game. The New Zealander soon levelled the game with a penalty and Treviso looked on top in this encounter.  Nitoglia went over for his second try , which was again converted by Berquist to give the Italians the lead.  Duncan Williams and Cathal Sheridan were sinbinned for Munster as Berquist added a late penalty to claim a big victory for Italians.

Leinster 6-12 Glasgow Warriors

This game was generally stop start and there was no flow to the game at the start. Jimmy Gopperth opened Leinster’s account midway through the first half put them three points ahead. Stuart Hogg missed several penalty opportunites on goal early in the game as well. The Warriors got more into the game with half time approaching when Chris Cusiter set up Chris Fusaro to give the Scot’s the lead with Hogg following up with the Conversion.  Glasgow Led by 7-3 at the break. Leinster started best when Gopperth coverted a penalty to bring them to within a point of the clydesiders. Glasgow secured victory when substitute Jerry Yanuyanutawa scored in the last few minutes to give them a comfortable lead although they missed the conversion.

Picture courtesy of Irish Examiner

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