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RABO : Leinster & Ulster Record Bonus Point Victories

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Rabo Direct Pro 12 Weekly Round – up

Leinster 34 – 20 Cardiff Blues

Brian O’Driscoll began his final season of rugby on a winning note as he helped Leinster claim a bonus point 34-20 win against Cardiff Blues at the RDS.

Leinster showed how good they are in the first half when Sean Cronin scored an early try to give them some daylight in this encounter with Ian Madigan duly sending the conversion between the posts. Both sides exchanged penalties with both Madigan and Leigh Halfpenny converting two each to give Leinster a 13-6 lead at the interval.

Filo Paulo’s 47th-minute yellow card preceded a penalty try for Leinster, however a tremendous solo effort from Alex Cuthbert kept the Welsh region in the hunt.

But Matt O’Connor’s men made certain of their first home victory of the campaign thanks to further tries from Dominic Ryan and man-of-the-match Madigan – who finished with 19 points.

Cardiff managed a late consolation try with replacement Cory Allen intercepting a Jack McGrath pass to score, with Rhys Patchell drop-kicking the conversion.

Ulster 32-13 Treviso

Ulster started the first half strongly with an early penalty by Paddy Jackson giving them an early lead. Treviso got their only score of the first half through the boot of Mat Berquist who converted a penalty to level matters. Ulster got going when Luke Marshall and Mike Allen crossed over the line to give Ulster a strong first half lead. Jackson only managed to convert one of his two attempts in this half but despite this his side led by 15-3 at half time.

Ulster were rampant in the second half with tries from Tommy Bowe, Rory Best and a brilliant second try from Allen giving them a bonus point victory. Treviso improved in the second half with a try by Robert Barbieri. However the conversion and a further penalty from Alberto Di Bernardo only served as consolation efforts for the Italian side.

Munster 23 – 9 Gwent Dragons

Paul O’Connell returned to action as a second-half substitute as Munster ran in two tries to defeat the Dragons convincingly at Musgrave Park.

A James Cronin try and eight points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan helped the hosts to a 13-6 half-time advantage.

Kris Burton kicked two penalties and added another at the start of the second half to reduce the arrears. Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony touched down for the second try with Hanrahan converting and kicking another penalty to ensure a convincing win for the reds.

Connacht 26 – 43 Ospreys

The Ospreys joined Glasgow at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table after a 43-26 victory over Connacht in Galway.Dan Biggar inspired the visitors to a bonus point win , scoring 18 points, including an interception try.

Richard Fussell, Eli Walker, Tito Tebaldi, Jeff Hassler and Lions hero Alun Wyn Jones all touched down for Steve Tandy’s side who remain unbeaten this season.

Danie Poolman and Kieran Marmion both scored tries for the hosts who were eventually overwhelmed by a powerful Ospreys side. The defeat leaves Connacht level on points with bottom side Edinburgh.

Image courtesy of irishrugby.ie

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