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The best of the RaboDirect PRO12 round five

Guinness PRO12 Editor

1 Oct 2012


Richard Hibbard the unlikely try-scorer for Ospreys, Alberto Di Bernardo holds his nerve to seal Treviso’s second win of the RaboDirect PRO12 season but there was a serious injury to Newport Gwent Dragons’ Dan Lydiate.

Richard Hibbard is hardly known for his try-scoring antics but the burly prop was there when it mattered for Ospreys in their 30-15 victory over Munster on Saturday.
Hibbard though will be indebted to the great work off Wales teammate Justin Tipuric who opened up the Munster backline down the left, before concerted pressure from the hosts allowed him to cross for his third try in eight years.

It was fitting that on the day Ulster paid its respects to Nevin Spence the Irishmen ran in seven tries in a dominant display against Cardiff Blues.
The pick of which was Nick Williams’ second try following a scintillating break by replacement wing Craig Gilroy.

Treviso looked down and out just after the break against Scarlets on Saturday, 20-5 behind and with little fire in the belly.
But back came the Italians, led by fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo who dragged his side back into the contest with some expert kicking.
The best of which was saved for the final act, a 50-metre penalty to seal a dramatic 22-20 victory after time was up.

Tommy Bowe marked return to Ulster with a bang – and two tries – and gave Warren Gatland food for thought on the wing.
The 28-year-old looked like he had never been away despite missing the first three RaboDirect PRO12 games through injury.
Elsewhere, Gatland will have been far from pleased to see Wales flanker Dan Lydiate taken off with a broken ankle in Newport Gwent Dragons’ clash with Edinburgh on Friday.
The 24-year-old could be back sooner than expected though, with a return in the Six Nations muted despite fears he could be out for the season.