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Guinness PRO14 – Wins for Leinster, Munster, Scarlets, Ospreys and Ulster in Round 12

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It was another exciting Guinness PRO14 weekend with some great matches.

Leinster extended their lead on the top of Conference A with a bonus point win over the Dragons.

Although the Dragons led at the break with 15-14, Leinster showed their class to comeback and take an important win. There were tries from Peter Dooley, Scott Penny, Josh Murphy and Dan Sheehan and a penalty try for the champions

Although the home side had two yellow cards for Fairbrother and Baker they still manage to secure a bonus point late in the game.

The opening score came from Davies who signed a new contract this week with a penalty. He added two more penalties to stretch the lead to 9-0.

Doodley scored the first try and reduce the lead when he got over under the post with Byrne converting the try.

The Dragons got another penalty over but Leinster got their second try when Penny got over the line. Davies got his fifth penalty over giving them the lead by one point at the break.

Lineouts was not great for the Dragons and they also got their first of the two yellow cards on the night when Fairbrother was send the the naughty chair.

Leinster took full advantage and it was Murphy that got over for the champions third try of the match. Soon after Baker was yellow carded for a professional foul which saw Leinster score their bonus point try through Sheehan.

The Dragons got their first try with Baldwin diving over for the home side. There was another try which from Lewis which brought he Dragons within six points of the champions.

The Dragons could have gone for another try but Davies kicked the ball off the field instead of searching for a converted try and a win.

Scorers:

Dragons (15) 29
Try: L Baldwin, J Lewis Pens: S Davies 5 Cons: Davies 2
Leinster (14) 35
Tries: Dooley, Penny, Murphy, Penalty try, Sheehan Cons: R Byrne (4)

Scarlets was just too good for the Benetton side, beating them 41-17 .

To be honest Benetton was poor on the day and was never really in the game. It was an important win for Scarlets who has not tasted victory the often this year.

There was some fight from Benetton after the break but the match was already gone for the Italian side.

Scarlets showed their hand early on, turning down a kickable penalty to setup a line out. They came up short from the line out but patience saw Morgan getting over for the first try of the match.

Elias got over for Scarlets again from the line out but the TMO came in and decided the ball was held up.

With Benetton constantly collapsing the scrum the referee had enough and send Baravalle to the bin and he was soon followed by Pasquali.

That made it one way traffic with Costelow going over to extend Scarlets lead.

Scarlets then started to move the ball around and got Morgan in space who showed off his footwork to get over.

Winger Epsosito looked like he scored the first try for Benetton but after replay showed a knock-on, the try was overturned. Benetton did get their try soon after when Sarton got over the line.

Scarlets got back into the game and added a penalty when the rain started to come down.

It was then time for Kalamafoni to get his name on the scoresheet.

Benetton came back with Els scoring from a driving maul but it was Scarlets that had the last say when Asquith scored the last try of the match.

Scorers:

Scarlets (26) 41
Tries: J Morgan (2), Costelow, Blacker, Kalamafoni, Asquith Pen: Jones Cons: S Evans (3) Jones (2)
Benetton (3) 17
Tries: Sarto, Els Pen: Allan Cons: Padovani (2)

It was not one of the greatest games we have seen in PRO14 but at the end one magic moment late in the game gave Ospreys the win they wanted.

Ospreys had to work hard for their win over Zebre when they beat them 10-0 on Saturday. It was a try from Wales nine Rhys Webb that was the difference between the two sides on the night.

The first half only produced one penalty kick from Thomas which gave Ospreys a 3-0 lead going into the break.

It took a whole 74 minutes for the captain, Webb to produced the magic we were used to from him to score the only try of the match.

Thomas converted the try to secure their seventh win in eight games in all competitions.

Scorers:

Ospreys (3) 10
Try: Webb Con: J Thomas Pen: J Thomas
Zebre (0) 0

Munster was too good for Edinburgh beating them 22-10 and are now nine points clear at the top of Conference B. They led 17-3 at the break with tries by O’Donoghue and Casey.

Edinburgh started their fight back when Mata got a try early in the second half but Muster restore their lead with Coombes scoring.

Edinburgh spent enough time in the twenty bit just could not convert that territory into points.

Play went on after the hooter and as both sides tried to secure. bonus point. The game went into 8 minutes added on but neither side could get pass the defence at the end.

Scorers:

Edinburgh (3) 10
Tries: Mata; Pens: Van der Walt; Cons: Van der Walt
Munster (17) 22
Tries: O’Donoghue, Casey, Coombes; Pens: Hanrahan; Cons: Hanrahan 2

Ulster kept their hopes alive for a play-off spot with a away win over Glasgow this weekend, beating them 19-13.

With the loss to Leinster still fresh in the minds of the players Ulster bounced back with tries from Lowry, Gilroy and Timoney to give them 11 wins from 12 games.

The warriors got a late try to secure a losing bonus point.

Coetzee was almost over for the first try but the TMO decided he was held up.

Hastings got the first points of the match in the 37th minute with a penalty.

Ulster however got the first try before the break with a Dobie offload was gathered and Lawry finish off a great corner attack.

The defence from both sides continue to be good in the second half with Hastings second penalty reducing the lead.

Gilroy try was the best response from Ulster extending the lead again. With penalties mounting up against Glasgow Ulster got their third try from a line out drive.

Ulster got a yellow card and had to play with 14-men at the end which Seiuli going over for the home side.

Scorers:

Glasgow Warriors (3) 13
Tries: Seiuli Con: Thompson Pens: Hastings 2
Ulster (7) 19
Tries: Lowry, Gilroy, Timoney Cons: Cooney 2
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