Munster secured a bonus point win as they put Connacht to the sword at the Sportsground in Galway. Leinster also secured a bonus point of their own as they put nine tries past a poor Treviso side at the RDS on Friday. However there was disappointment for Ulster as they went down away to Glasgow.
It was a Good Friday stroll for Leinster at the RDS as they destroyed Treviso 62-7 at the RDS to extend their lead at the top of the Pro 12 to six points. They had the bonus point rapped up within 25 minutes as Jordi Murphy, Seán Cronin, Cian Healy and Zane Kirchner crossed the whitewash.
Treviso briefly stopped the rot before half time with a penalty try but it was Leinster who powered on in the second half as the second from bottom Italians were truly overwhelmed. Noel Reid scored a double in the second half while there were also tries for Dominic Ryan, captain Jamie Heaslip and Luke McGrath. Jimmy Gopperth also kicked 8 out of 10 from the tee in what proved an easy outing for Leinster.
Ulster went down 27-9 away to Glasgow in Scotstoun. Ulster did have the better of the first half as three Paddy Jackson kicks had Ulster 9-3in front. But Ulster were left to rue two missed kicks from Jackson as Glasgow finished the half with a fine try from Lion’s tourist Seán Maitland as Glasow led 10-9 at the break.
Glasgow dominated the second half as Tommy Seymour and man of the match Mark Bennett scored tries. Finn Russell converted both tries and also added a penalty as Glasgow eased to victory in the end. The victory closes the gap between Glasgow and Ulster to just one point in the standings.
Munster also secured a bonus point win over Connacht ahead of next week’s crucial Heineken Cup Semi Final against Toulon in Marseille.
Poor defending dominated the opening quarter as both defenses leaked early tries. Andrew Conway split the Connncht defense as he went over for Munster’s opener before Matt Healy went over for the hosts after a fine set piece move. However it was all Munster for the remainder of the first half as Gerhard Van Der Heever and Denis Hurley went over to give the Munstermen a 28-7 lead at the break.
The second half was a disjointed affair as Munster butchered several chances to extend their lead. Connacht to their credit fought back with a try from Eoin McKeon and a penalty from out-half Miah Nikora. However Paddy Butler went over for Munster in the 72nd minute to kill off the game and secure the bonus point.
South African born Danie Poolman grabbed a consolation try before the end for Connacht however it was Munster who ran out comfortable 32-23 winners. The result lifts Munster back above Glasgow and Ulster into second place in the table, six points behind Leinster, while Connacht remain 8th. However, Rob Penney’s men will have plenty of work to do if they are to over come reigning European Champions Toulon next weekend. Toulon today won away from home at the Stade Aime Giral as they saw off Perpignan in a pulsating 46-31 win.