Saturday 17 March 2018

Ringrose still short of mark

PRO14 Round-up

BATTLE: Garry Ringrose in action for Leinster against Southern Kings
BATTLE: Garry Ringrose in action for Leinster against Southern Kings

Garry Ringrose's 55 minutes against Southern Kings is unlikely to be enough to displace Chris Farrell ahead of Ireland's Six Nations tie against Scotland. Indeed, there was a late hit that came suspiciously close to his removal.

The outside centre would have needed to complete closer to the 80 minutes to convince Joe Schmidt he is ready to step in against the on-fire Scot Huw Jones.

Leinster will have learned nothing from the 64-7 humiliation of the South Africans as they prepare for a Conference B clash at Scarlets next Saturday, holding an advantage of four points at the head of the table.

Coach Leo Cullen will have to decide what to do about the impressive impact of out-half Ciaran Frawley versus the possible release of Joey Carbery from Ireland business and Ross Byrne working his way back from a hip problem.


Unsurprisingly, Ulster were unable to do Leinster a favour falling 34-10 to the champions with Tadhg Beirne outstanding once again at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday evening.

In Conference A, Munster reduced the gap to Glasgow to a still considerable 12 points in Simon Zebo's last appearance at Irish Independent Park.

Coach Johann van Graan had to be disappointed at the failure to secure a bonus-point against the seriously weakened Warriors.

More worryingly, flanker Chris Cloete was taken to hospital with a serious looking arm injury.

The loss of the South African for The Champions Cup and the PRO14 campaign with come as a huge blow to the Reds.

Connacht came through a searching test to end Benetton's five-game winning streak 22-19 at Stadio Monigo, maintaining slender hopes of a PRO14 play-off place.

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