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Convincing wins for Ulster and Munster

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Shane Daly of Munster. Photo by Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

Shane Daly of Munster. Photo by Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

Shane Daly of Munster. Photo by Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

Edinburgh....7 Ulster.....29

Dan McFarland's Ulster were simply magnificent in manhandling Edinburgh to guarantee a home quarter-final in the PRO14 League play-offs.

Ulster were clinical from the off, John Cooney striking a penalty after a burst from Jacob Stockdale, and Jordi Murphy pouncing for a try, converted by Cooney, to jump out to a 10-point led by the 14th minute.

Marcell Coetzee and Murphy were causing havoc at the Edinburgh ruck before Robert Baloucoune bamboozled Darcy Graham for a 15-0 lead at the break.

They stretched further clear from Robert Lyttle's exquisite footwork and committed finish to a fine move, converted by Cooney.

Jon Barclay provided hope by duping Luke Marshall for Simon Hickey to kick the extras before Billy Burns finished them off.

Benetton 28 Munster 37

Munster placed maximum pressure on Conference A leaders Glasgow with a bonus-point win over their hosts Benetton, sealed by Shane Daly (above) and Alby Mathewson in the final quarter.

Their textbook opening produced tries for Rhys Marshall and Dan Goggin before falling 11 points behind by the 44th minute to require a fine comeback, ensuring Munster move two points ahead of the Warriors.