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Rainbow Cup – Weekend Wrap

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Saturday brought us another few great matches in the Rainbow Cup. The biggest of them all was Munster win over PRO14 Champions Leinster.

It was not so much the fact that they beat Leinster but how they did it.

Ireland veteran scrum-half Conor Murray scored twice, one in each half. Munster was just too strong for Leinster in Dublin.

Munster played a great game of rugby never letting Leinster in the game when they beat them 27-3 on Saturday.

Although Leinster focus would have been on their Champions semi-final this coming weekend it was good for them to see Ringrose, Ryan and Doris get some game-time on Saturday.

This was Munster first win this season against Leinster after failing three times so far. To beat them in their own back yard adds to the value of this win for Van Graan’s men.

Munster put their best side on the park and that showed in the way they dominated the game from start to finish.

The first of Murray’s tries came within the first five minutes of the match when Springbok Damien De Allende broke the Leinster midfield to send Murray away.

Leinster was far from the champion side we got used to and even after Archer was send to the bin for a dangerous tackle the men from Dublin could not make any inroads.

Midway through the second half Murray got over for his second try if the match. This came after Chris Farrell came up short.

Munster also got a penalty try in the final 10 minutes when Leinster deliberately collapsed a maul. It also saw Foley send to the bin.

Scorers:

Leinster (3) 3
Pen: Hawkshaw
Munster (10) 27
Try: Murray 2, penalty try Cons: Carbery 2 Pen: Carbery 2

 

Benetton gave Glasgow a proper beating in Saturday’s Rainbow Cup first round match beating the Scots 46-19.

Benetton had two tries in. the first six minutes of the match which  laid the foundation for a huge win. Ioane and Cannone where the men getting over for the Italians.

It was Cannone with his second try that gave Benetton a 21-0 lead at the break.

In the second half the Italians let loose with Toa Halafihi, Michele Lamaro and Gianmarco Lucchesi scoring before late tries by Cole Forbes, Ian Keatley and Nick Grigg for Glasgow.

Scorers:

Benetton (21) 46
Tries: Ioane, Cannone 2, Halafihi, Lamaro, Lucchesi Cons: Garbisi 5 Pens: Garbisi, Padovani
Glasgow (0) 19
Tries: Forbes, Keatley, Grigg Con: Keatley 2

Ospreys had the better of Cardiff on Saturday in their first round of the Rainbow Cup beating them 36-14.

Although the win was a great one to start the Rainbow Cup there will be some worried people with the injury that George North picked up.

Ospreys tries came from two by Ifan Phillips and Keiran Williams, Matthew Aubrey, Sam Cross and Sam Parry pitching in at the end.

The Blues tries came from Max Llewellyn and Ellis Bevan

Scorers:

Ospreys (19) 36
Tries: Phillips 2, K Williams, Aubrey, Cross, Parry; Cons: J Thomas (3)
Cardiff Blues (0) 14
Tries: Llewellyn, Bevan Cons: B Thomas 2

The Dragons ran away with things on Sunday when they hammered 52-32 in a seven-try victory.

Both Johan Holmes and Aaron Wainwright scored twice with Jordan Williams, Rio Dyer and Aneurin Owen also adding their names to the scoring sheet.

Sam Davies added 17 points for his side as well.

Scarlets Steff Evans scored two tries wit more coming form Iestyn Rees, Dane Blacker and Johnny McNicholl.

Scorers:

Dragons (17) 52
Try: Holmes 2, J Williams, Wainwright 2, Dyer, Owen Cons: S Davies 4 Pens: S Davies 3
Scarlets (22) 32
Try: Rees, S Evans 2, Blacker, McNicholl Cons: Costelow 2 Pens: Costelow
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