It was a great new year for Connacht and Scralets but not so much for Leinster, Ulster, Dragons, Cardiff, Benetton, Zebre, Edinburgh and Glasgow who’s matches was postpone due to COVID protocals. There has been worry about how the URC will be ableto manage all these postponed matches, which is staging up at the moment.
At the end only two games was played over the weekend with a great win for Connacht over Munster and Scarlets that got the better of Ospreys.
Here is the current log standings:
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP LOG
|12||Cell C Sharks||5||2||3||0||9|
Scarlets got the better of Ospreys on Saturday with a late try by McNicholl to put another win for the season. Ospreys looked set to take the wi after two tries by Thys Webb. This would have been the first win at since 2015 but some ill-discipline in the second half let them down.
That allow Scarlets to get a much needed win in a scrappy affair. With this win Scarlets moved up to ninth on the table while Ospreys remain fourth.The game was played behind close doors becuase the Welsh government put new regulations in place due to COVID.
Scarlets started the game well with the first try after sustain pressure on Ospreys line. Everything did not work as well as they would have wanted and maybe that was due to long COVID lay-off. It was Davies that got over after some great from the forwards.
Scarlets then loss Josh Macleod as he left the field with what looked like a hamstring injury. Ospreys followed Scarlets motto to turn down points to get tries. Although they stuff the one chance for a try close to the line they did get Webb over with a show and go.
Ospreys almost got over just before halftime again but some good defence from Tom Price saw Evans being held up over the line but they did get another chance on a counter-attck from a poor cross-field kick by Jones which landed in Morgan hands who kicked the ball down field to win the race for the ball against McNicholl.
This gave Ospresy a five point lead at the break.
The home side started the second half well but althouh they went for points this time, Jones missed the early chance.
The impact of Rhys Patchell was instant as he produced a great ball outwide for Evans who crossed the line to even up the scores.
Ospreys ht back when Web got over for his second try which Thomson converted.
The momentum shifted again towars Scarlets as their attcking game started to come off. A poor pass from Thomas which was intercepted by Lousi send McNicholl over for his first try. The conversion was again missed but Scarlets kept pushing at the end of the game and they got the reward when McNicholl got the bonus point try and secured the win for the home side.
Scarlets: Tries – G Davies, S Evans, Mcnicholl(2) Conversions – D Jones
Opsreys: Tries – Webb(2), L Morhan Conversions – J Thomas(2)
Connacht got the derby win they wanted when the beat Munster in a close one on Saturday 10-8 at home. It was not pretty but effective at the end but both sides will be dissapointed in the ill-tempered way the match played out.
There was four yellow cards given to the players by referee Chris Busby.
The converted 58th minute try from Irish international, Bundee Aki was at the end the decisve moment at the end.
Munster did lead at the break with a try from Conway but just could not get going in the second half. They could not add to their first half score with the home side good enough to get the try from Aki which sealed it.
Connacht: Tries – Aki Conversions – Fitzgerald Penalties – Carty
Munster: Tries – Conway Penalties Healy