This weekend saw four matches in the the PRO14 competitions with wins for Ulster, Leinster, Connacht and Ospreys.
Here are the current standings:
Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference A
Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference B
Ulster had to dig deep to see off Scarlets with a bonus point win. Their indiscipline made it one that almost got away from Ulster but they were able to keep their perfect winning record.
It was Lyttle and Moore tries either side of Paul Asquith’s try that kept the host in the lead but it was Reidy’s try that gave Ulster a commanding lead at the break.
Scarlets came back with tries by Conbeer and Evans but Treawell try gave Ulster enough breathing space to ensure the win despite the late try from Price.
Missed opportunities cost Scarlets as they missed four kicks on the day but will take two bonus points from the game.
|Ulster (19) 26|
|Tries: Lyttle, S Moore, Reidy, Treadwell Cons: Cooney 2, Johnston|
|Scarlets (7) 24|
|Tries: Asquith, Conbeer, S Evans, P Price Cons: O’Brien 2|
The defending champions, Leinster kept their winning record in-tact when they made small work of the Blues over the weekend, beating them 40-5.
The tone was set with Kearney’s try in the opening minute of the match with O’Brien going over for the champions second try before Summerhill replied for the Blues.
And more from Tracy, a double from Penny and Silverster gave the champions another convincing win in the competition.
This was Leinster 26th successive victory in PRO14 which sees them maintaining their top spot in Conference A
|Leinster (19) 40|
|Tries: Kearney, O’Brien, Tracy, Penny 2, Silvester Cons: Byrne 5|
|Cardiff Blues (5) 5|
Connacht had a dominate display against Zebre, beating them 47-12 even with only 14 men on the park after Papali’i was shown a red card.
Zebre was first to cross the whitewash with Boni but two minutes later O’Brien got over with two more tries from Wootton to let Connacht take control of the match.
Papali’i was send of in the 23 minute but this did not stop Connacht as a a penalty try and another try by Daly secure a convincing win.
|Zebre: (7) 12|
|Tries: Boni, Manfredi Con: Rizzi|
|Connacht: (23) 47|
|Tries: O’Brien, Wootton 2, Arnold, S Daly, Penalty, T Daly Cons: Carty, Fitzgerald Pens: Carty 2|
Although Ospreys was reduced to 14 men they still manage to steal the win against Benetton over the weekend 24-22.
Ospreys were behind 22-10 with 10 minutes remaining when Evans was red-carded for a dangerous tackle.
With two late tries from Venter and Lake and a last minute conversion from Myler, Ospreys came from behind to take the win.
For Benetton Faiva scored a hat-trick of tries. This was a win needed for Ospreys as it was the first in four matches.
|Ospreys (10) 24|
|Tries: Phillips, Venter, Lake Cons: Myler 3 Pen: Myler|
|Benetton (7) 22|
|Tries: Faiva 3 Cons: Keatley 2 Pens: Keatley|
On Monday Glasgow will take on Munster.
Here is the next week schedule
23 Nov – Glasgow v Munster
28 Nov – Connacht v Ospreys
29 Nov – Benetton v Dragons
29 Nov – Scarlets v Leinster
29 Nov – Cardiff Blues v Glasgow