Glasgow leave it late to beat Cardiff
February 15, 2014
A groundsman inspects the Ravenhill pitch before suspending the game © RTESports
Mark Bennett scored a dramatic late try as Glasgow Warriors overcame a ten-point deficit to beat Cardiff Blues 27-20.
The Blues had raced into a lead thanks to a try from Robin Copeland, who benefited from a mix-up to score, though a converted Lee Jones narrowed Cardiff's lead to 10-7 at half-time. Lewis Jones crashed over for Cardiff just six minutes into the half as they stretched their lead further.
Edinburgh stayed in contention through the boot of Finn Russell, before James Eddie grabbed a try ten minutes from time to level proceedings. And Edinburgh went one better on 77 minutes, stealing ball from a Blues scrum for Bennett to touch down - moving them third above Ulster, albeit because the Irish side's Friday night game was postponed.
Sam Davies and captain Jonathan Spratt eached grabbed a pair of tries as Ospreys recorded a perfect ten against Treviso, dispatching the Italian side 75-7 in an incredibly one-sided encounter in Swansea.
Ospreys led 21-0 at half-time and turned on the style after the break, crossing the whitewash seven times as Treviso's defence crumbled time and time again. Alberto di Bernardo went to the sin-bin on 60 minutes on an evening Treviso will want to quickly forget.
Munster maintained their place at the top of the table with a routine 36-8 win over Zebre.
Zebre opened the scoring through Tomasso D'Apice but had little else to shout about for the rest of the match, as Simon Zebo crossed the whitewash twice before half-time to put Munster firmly in control. After the break scores from Ger Slattery and Tommy O'Donnell moved Munster away perfectly as they rose above Leinster, who had briefly gone to the top of the table overnight.
Connacht had Michael Swift's second-half try to thank as they overcame Edinburgh 11-7 at Sportsground, jumping above Zebre and off the foot of the table in the process.
Leinster were made to work hard for their eighth straight win over Newport Gwent Dragons with replacement Darren Hudson sealing a bonus point in a 31-19 win at the RDS on Friday evening.
Two tries in quick succession from Ashley Smith and Richie Rees had helped the Dragons move into a 16-10 lead approaching the hour mark. However, the penalty count caught up with the Welsh region as they lost Nathan Buck and Jevon Groves to the sin-bin in each half and their new Argentinian prop Francisco Chaparro saw red for a dangerous 80th minute dump tackle on Isaac Boss.
Hudson claimed the bonus-point try late on away to Zebre last Sunday and he repeated the trick again as he went over late on.
At Ravenhill, inclement weather forced the postponement of Ulster's clash with Scarlets.
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