Sunday 20 January 2019

Munster back on track as Connacht stun Edinburgh

Munster bounced back from their opening day defeat by Edinburgh in the Guinness Pro12 last week by coming from behind to claim a hard-fought 21-10 victory in Treviso last night.

The home side took a 7-3 lead in the 19th minute courtesy of Simone Ragusi's converted try, but Munster seized the initiative through tries either side of the interval from CJ Stander and Simon Zebo while Ian Keatley added 11 points with his boot.

Connacht left it late against Edinburgh at Murrayfield but Willie Faloon's try made it two wins from two games in the league.

Following their opening success over Newport, this time they slugged it out to win 14-13 in a poor game that rarely came to life due to a large number of injury stoppages.

Edinburgh took an early lead with a couple of penalties by number 10 Tom Heathcote, before Connacht full-back Darragh Leader levelled up with a pair of kicks of his own.

Edinburgh produced the best rugby of the game at the end of the first half, capped by a try from number eight Cornell Du Preez that Heathcote converted to help the hosts to a 13-6 interval lead.

Leader pulled back three points midway through the second half before in typical Connacht fashion the visitors put in a late burst, and the winning try by Willie Faloon came from a driven line-out five minutes from time.

Ulster secured a bonus-point victory over Italian outfit Zebre with two tries from Nick Williams and a try each from Andrew Trimble, Craig Gilroy and Dan Tuohy at Ravenhill.

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