Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pro 14 Round 11 review [Part 2] by Ciarán Duffy



Here’s our round-up of the second set of fixtures in round 11.  You can read the first part by clicking here.

Munster 24 – 34 Leinster

Leinster held off a second half Munster comeback to pick up a bonus point win.  Ross Byrne opened the scoring with a 3rd minute penalty before Dan Leavy claimed a cross-field kick to get the games first try.  Ross Byrne converted and added a penalty.  Conor Murray would get Munster on the board with a try.  The resurgence wouldn’t last long, Leinster were awarded a penalty try and Andrew Conway was yellow carded for illegally preventing a score.  Robbie Henshaw got Leinsters 3rd just after the 20-minute mark, Byrne once again converted.  At halftime Leinster led 5 – 27.

Munster came out stronger in the second half and were rewarded with two tries early on.  First Ian Keatley scored and converted one, then Andrew Conway showed a burst of pace to get over the line, Keatley once again converted.  It took 20 minutes for the games next score but it was worth the wait.  Jordan Larmour beat the entire population of Munster on his way to scoring the solo try of the season.  Byrne once again converted.  Conway got his 2nd try for Munster but it wasn’t enough to get anything out of the game.

The full write up will be up here soon.  

Scarlets 12 – 9 Ospreys

Scarlets played over 40 minutes with 14 players, but still managed to secure a late win to move back up to the top of conference B.  A Steff Evans try sent Scarlets on their way, but Evans was shown a red card in the 36th minute for a collision in the air.  Sam Davies scored the resulting penalty.

In the second half, two further Sam Davies penalties put Ospreys in front 5 – 9.  It looked like the away side would do Leinster a favour, but in the 80th minute Joshua Maclead crossed the line, Leigh Halfpenny added the conversion.  

Dragons 17 – 22 Cardiff Blues

The Blues held off a late Dragons rally to overtake Connacht in Conference A.  Cardiff went down to 14 early on when Brad Thyer was sent to the bin.  They wouldn’t concede while they were down a player, and got the first score of the game through a Gareth Anscombe penalty.  Aled Summerhill got them the first try of the game.  Gavin Henson kicked a penalty for Dragons, at halftime they trailed 3 – 8.  

A try each from Rey Lee-Lo and Tom James, both converted by Anscombe, saw Cardiff stretch their lead to 19 points.  Dragons would fight back with a try for Lloyd Fairbrother, converted by Henson, and a penalty try.  Cardiff had to play the last 7 minutes with 14 players as Kirby Myhill was sent to the bin.  

Pos
Conference A
Pts
W
PD
1
Glasgow Warriors
49
10
+178
2
Munster
37
7
+131
3
Toyota Cheetahs*
29
6
+14
4
Cardiff Blues
23
5
-43
5
Connacht
23
4
+4
6
Zebre
16
3
-130
7
Ospreys
12
2
-130
*game in hand

Pos
Conference B
Pts
W
PD
1
Scarlets
44
9
+126
2
Leinster
42
9
+152
3
Ulster
35
7
+33
4
Edinburgh
32
7
+43
5
Benetton
20
4
-50
6
Dragons
14
2
-158
7
Southern Kings*
4
0
-228
*game in hand

Ciarán Duffy (@TheVoiceDepth) is a Leinster supporter and self-proclaimed ‘big cheese’ of Post To Post (@PostToPostSport).   He’ll write about anything rugby under the condition he gets to take it too seriously.
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