Rabo Direct Pro 12: Munster Beat Ospreys To Remain Top Of The League


Rabo Direct Pro 12

Munster 12 – 6 Ospreys

Munster started this game well when Ian Keatley converted two penalties to give them a comfortable six point lead. The Ospreys struggled to get into gear and eventually got on the scoreboard when Matthew Morgan converted their only score of the half with an easy penalty in front of the posts. Munster dominated the last few minutes of the half and were denied a try by the television match official who altered the decision due to an incomplete scrum and the ball coming out of the tunnel. Munster led by 6 points to 3 at half time and stood firm in defence. Munster remained in control in the second half with Ian Keatley and JJ Hanrahan slotting over penalties to extend their lead by 12 to 3. A late penalty by Morgan was a mere consolation, although it put some respectivity on the scoreboard, Munster go top of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 winning this game by 12 points to 6.

Llanelli Scarlets 17 – 9 Ulster

Ulster travelled to Wales to take on the Scarlets and started well when Ruan Pienaar gave them a three-point lead. Steve Shingler levelled matters as the Scarlets began to start dominating the game. A superbly organised move by the Scarlets from the line out, turned quickly into a maul and gave John Barclay a try for his side which put daylight between the sides. Aled Thomas converted a penalty to finish the half with the Scarlets leading 11 – 3 at half time. it took a while for the Scarlets to get going again in the second half. Ulster seemed to put some respectivity on the scoreboard when Pienaar cut the gap to five points. Aled Thomas added two further penalties to make sure the Scarlets were not going to lose and Ulster’s discipline was poor as they were reduced to 14 players for the last twenty minutes when David Mcllwaine and Roger Wilson were dismissed. Scarlets claim victory on a score of 17 – 9.

Connacht 12 – 19 Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors were exceptional in this game. They took a commanding lead in the first half after Daniel Van Der Merwe raced over the linegave Glasgow the lead, with Duncan Weir following up with the conversion. Connacht then added their only score of the half from the boot of Dan Parks, who seemed off his best in this game. Further penalties by Weir gave the Scottish club a 13-3 lead. Connacht reduced the gap in the second half with a second  penalty by Dan Parks, who was replaced soon after. Glasgow’s Duncan Weir and Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson exchanged penalties, but Connacht didn’t seem to be at their best and found it difficult to break down Glasgow’s defence. The Warriors win by 19 points to 12 over Connacht.

Newport Gwent Dragons 19 -23 Leinster

The game started rather slow with both sides trading early penalties with Jimmy Gopperth for Leinster battling Tom Prydie for the Dragons. The Dragons really came to life when the defence was pushing up and put Leinster under immense pressure, causing a lot of turnovers. A quickly taken tap and go penalty caught Leinster somewhat static and the Dragons got inside the Leinster cover to score the opening try courtesy of Ross Wardle. Leinster finished off the first half with a second penalty from Gopperth to leave the scores Leinster 6 – 10 Dragons. The Dragons were reduced to 14 players when Adam Jones was sin binned. Leinster dominated soon after and added two tries from Aaron Dundon and Noel Reid. Leinster now led by 23 points to 13 and turned the game on its head. Dragons added two penalties by Jason Tovey to cut the gap to four. The Dragons then searched for a winning score but Leinster held out to win 23 points to 19.

Image courtesy of irishrugby.ie

  1. December 21st, 2013

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