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PRO14 Friday Match Report – Munster and Leinster with bonus point wins

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PRO14 are in Round 15 this weekend and it was much off the same on Friday when Munster and Leinster both got bonus points wins after they already qualified for the finals.

You can not stop class and that is what Zebre found out on Friday night when they where outclass by Leinster by 48-31.

It was a great game which saw Dave Kearney helping his side with a hat-trick on a night the champions scored seven tries.

It was a masterclass performance by the champions in that first half as they really won the game before Kearney even got his first of his three tries in the match.

Zebre started well enough but it was Sheehan that got over before Kelleher and McGrath to really take the game away from the Italians.

Credit must go to Zebre who never gave up and got some good tries in the second half. Giovanni D’Onofrio was the first to get over in the second half.

Then it become the Kearney show who went over for three tries with Sheehan then got his second just before the hat-trick try.

Zebre was not finish and they got Eduardo Bello and Niccolo Taddia over for their tries late in the game.

Scorers:

Zebre 31
Tries: D’Onofrio, Bello, Taddia Cons: Rizzi 2 Pens: Rizzi 4
Leinster 48
Tries: Sheehan 2, Kelleher, McGrath, Kearney 3 Cons: H Byrne 4, O’Sullivan Pen: H Byrne

 

It was easy picking for Munster at the end on Friday when they beat Scarlets in Limerick 28-10.

They had a massive lead of 21-3 at the break through scoring some good tries in that first half.

It was difficult conditions with wind and rain coming down but Muster opened the scoring with a try by Coombes, his ninth of the season.

That gave them an early 7-0 lead in the match.

Scarlets got on the board immediately with a penalty from O’Brien but Munster second try soon followed when Daly got over after Carbery broke the defensive line.

Scarlet then got a yellow card for Shingler which left them with 14-men against a dominating Munster side.

Shingler has not even warmed his chair in the bin when Scannell drove over for Munster third try of the evening.

This left Scarlets to play catchup rugby as they went into the break 21-3 behind.

Scarlets sealed their bonus point win when O’Bryne went over with Carbery converting.

When Munster got a man in the bin Scarlets got Evans over for his try which ended the game 28-10.

Scorers:

Munster 28
Tries: Coombes, Daly, Scannell, O’Byrne Cons: Carbery 4
Scarlets 10
Try: Evans Con: O’Brien Pen: O’Brien

 

Glasgow came with a brilliant second half comeback to keep their hopes alive for a Champions Cup qualification after beating Ospreys 30-25.

At the break the men form Glasgow was behind 15-9 but the came out in the second half to get the much needed win.

It was a penalty try and a try from Lloyd Ashley that gave Osprey they early lead.

Glasgow got in front with Lee Jones getting over but Ospreys got the lead back when Evans got over the whitewash.

Glasgow did not wait long to get the lead back with tries by McLean and Seiuli to eventually seal the win.

Scorers:

Glasgow Warriors (9) 30
Tries: L Jones, McLean, Seiuli Cons: Thompson 3 Pens: Thompson 3
Ospreys (15) 25
Tries: Ashley, Evans, penalty Con: Price Pen: Price 2

Games still to be played:

Saturday

21:30 Dragons v Ulster

(Not Televised)   Connacht v Edinburgh

Sunday

14:55 Benetton v Cardiff Blues

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