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Guinness PRO14 Wrap – Wins for Connacht, Munster, Ulster, Scarlets and Zebre

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Another weekend of Guinness PRO14 matches done and dusted with the leaders in both groups a clear distance above the rest.

Here is the current standings:

Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference A

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4155925
51551025
61641217

Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference B

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It was a last minute try from Bundee Aki that secure a win for Connacht over Benetton over the weekend.

They started the match well getting in front with a try by Bealham but the home side turned the game around with two quick scores by Ruggeri and Sarto just before the break.

After the break Connacht hit back with McAllister level the game. Benetton got the lead back with a penalty from Padovani which forced Connacht to chase the game.

They were able to get the win with Aki getting over for a dramatic win.

Scorers:

Benetton (14) 17
Tries: Ruggeri, Sarto Pen: Padovani Cons: Padovani 2
Connacht (7) 19
Tries: Bealham, McAllister, Aki Cons: Fitzgerald 2

Munster had to put everything in the game to beat Cardiff Blues on Friday in the Guinness PRO14. With two tries to the two of Cardiff Munster got the win 20-11.

The opening try came from Davies who got over from a good well waited pass from Thomas. Thomas added a penalty before JJ Hanrahan got two penalties over for Munster before the break.

Both kickers traded penalties in the second half before Jean Kleyn got over for his try and Hanrahan conversion gave Munster the lead.

A late try Naill Scannell sealed the win for Munster

Scorers:

Cardiff Blues (8) 11
Tries: S Davies Pens: B Thomas 2
Munster (6) 20
Tries: Kleyn, N Scannell Cons: Hanrahan, Carbery Pens: Hanrahan 2

It was not the best start for Ulster on Friday night but they recovered well enough to beat Ospreys 21-7.

Giles try gave Ospreys an early lead which they would held until 39th minute of the game. John Cooney was the man that got Ulster on the board just before halftime.

With another try from Andrew and a penalty try stretch the host lead but they were unable to get that bonus point try.

With the win Ulster stays in second place of Conference A, 6 points behind Leinster who beat Glasgow on Sunday.

Scorers:

Ulster (7) 21
Tries: Cooney, Andrew, penalty Cons: Cooney 2
Ospreys (7) 7
Try: Giles Con: Myler
In a dramatic game Scarlets beat Edinburgh on Saturday 27-25 to keep their hopes alive to play in the Champions Cup.
The game could have gone either way and with Edinburgh that led at the break by only three points.
It was tries by Bradley, Graham for Edinburgh and Morgan and McNicholl for Scarlets in that first half.
Dane Blacker try in the second half extended the visitors lead with Jones adding three points. With a seven point lead Scarlets looked good for the win but a try from Cherry made it a two point game with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Scarlets had to defend with all they had to keep Edinburgh out and manage just that to take a crucial away win.
Scorers:
Edinburgh 25 (20)
Tries: Bradbury, Graham, Cherry Pens: Van der Valt (2) Cons: Van der Valt (2)
Scarlets 27 (17)
Tries: T Morgan, McNicholl, Blacker Pens: D Jones (2) Cons: D Jones (3)

Zebre beaten an ill-discipline Dragons side on Saturday 26-15. Two yellow cards for the Dragons made it easy for Zebre at the end.

Giammarioli and Masselli got tries for the host who once had the lead never gave it up. Even with two second half tries by Holmes could not salvage anything for the Dragons.

Missed tackles saw Giammarioli score the first try of the match with Pescetto adding the extras.

The Dragons were reduce to 14-men when Fry was send off for a dangerous tackle. Davies got the Dragons on the board with a penalty.

Just before the break Mariarty was also shown a yellow card for a no-arms tackle.

Zebre took advantage of the extra man after the break which saw Masselli getting over.

The Dragons did hit back with a two try by Holmes but it was too little too late.

Scorers:

Zebre (16) 26
Tries: Giammarioli, Masselli Cons: Pescetto 2 Pens: Pescetto 3 Rizzi
Dragons (3) 15
Tries: Holmes 2 Con: S Davies Pen: S Davies

Leinster was just too good for Glasgow on Sunday when they picked up another bonus point win at home.

They have now open a six point lead with their six try win over the Warriors.

They got their bonus point try before the break after Harry Byrne and Scott Penny scored two tries with a penalty try.

Things got worse for Glasgow when Hastings was shown a red card for dangerous play which left them with 14-men for the rest of the match.

They showed a lot of character with 21 points behind and only 14-men on the park. They worked themselves back in the game with McLean and Jones getting over for tries.

But it was not enough against the champions as Leinster took another step to secure their playoff spot.

Leinster (28) 40
Tries: H Byrne, penalty try, Penny 2, L McGrath, Kelleher Cons: H Byrne 2, Hawkshaw 2
Glasgow Warriors (7) 21
Try: Gordon, McLean, Jones Con: Hastings, Thompson 2

Next Weekend Fixtures:

Fri 5 March 21:30 Munster v Connacht

Sat 6 March 15:00 Zebre v Glasgow

Sat 6 March 21:39 Ulster v Leinster

(Not Televised)    Sat 6 March 21:39 Ospreys v Dragons

(Not Televised)    Sun 7 March 17:00 Edinburgh v Benetton

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