Munster survive Glasgow scare
April 14, 2012
Gavin Duffy helped Connacht to their victory with a first-half try © Getty Images
Ian Keatley's 20 points helped Munster to a narrow 35-29 triumph over Glasgow Warriors on Saturday evening in Limerick.
Tries from Luke O'Dea and Peter O'Mahony put Munster in the ascendancy at Musgrave Park - the hosts led 18-6 at the end of a largely forgettable first half. Two terrific tries from Stuart Hogg in a five-minute spell got Glasgow firing but Keatley's right boot had the biggest say and a Conor Murray try made the game safe for the hosts. But Hogg's persistence paid off when he completed his hat-trick in injury-time, with Duncan Weir's conversion securing what could prove to be a vital losing bonus point for the Warriors.
Elsewhere on Saturday, The Ospreys produced a stunning second-half performance to dispatch rivals the Blues 33-12 in Cardiff on Saturday. The Blues have been in disarray of late yet they showed welcome commitment to go in 12-6 up at half-time. After a firm ear-bashing from the Ospreys coach the crowd were lifted by a try shortly after the hour, with Ospreys captain Alun-Wyn Jones storming through some tentative tackling to reach the line and Biggar adding the extras. Prop Adam Jones soon crossed for a second, and the Ospreys wrapped things up when replacement number eight Tom Smith touched down for a pushover try in the last minute.
Connacht dispatched Irish rivals Ulster with a 26-21 win at the Sportsground. Miah Nikora and captain Gavin Duffy broke through for Connacht tries in a bruising first half, but young centre Paddy Jackson kicked Ulster into a 16-13 interval lead. Tiernan O'Halloran struck for his fifth try of the league campaign, only for Jackson to dot down in the 53rd minute and keep the visitors on course. A Nikora penalty nudged Connacht back in front and there was no stopping them from gaining their first win over Ulster since December 2005.
On Friday night, Leinster scored eight tries against Edinburgh to take the match 54-13 and cement their spot at the top. The runaway league leaders are guaranteed to finish in the top two now following their 16th win of the campaign, which was rubber-stamped by five second-half tries.
Italian side Treviso shocked the Dragons with a 33-32 win at Rodney Parade. Treviso came from behind, with tries from flanker Alessandro Zanni, full-back Luke McLean, outside-half Kris Burton and centre Alberto Sgarbi, with Burton kicking 13 further points to add a bonus point to their tally.
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