Ashley Beck’s bonus-point score ensured that Ospreys head into the European break three points clear at the Guinness PRO12 summit as Leinster and Glasgow Warriors shone at home, with second-place Munster emphatic in Europe at Racing 92.
Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s Guinness PRO12 action.
Quotes of the weekend:
Ronan O’Gara stunned by Munster precision:
“I was taken aback. I knew they’d be good but watching them up close they were really good. They have great detail in their game and one of the biggest things that struck me was athletes in their prime against guys in their 30’s.”
“They have the capacity to put three times the score on. That’s the reality, even though I thought they took all their chances. It wasn’t as if they dropped the ball. That’s the game they play.
“They are well marshalled at half-back, they have great line speed, an unbelievable maul and unbelievable forwards. They clean pass the ball. CJ is a threat every time he gets the ball and Peter is a threat. Zebo scores again. It’s a good team.”
Townsend ready for Munster after fifth consecutive win:
“The momentum this win gives us going into the Munster game is crucial, but beating Cardiff was also really important for the Guinness PRO12 points.
“This is normally the stage of the season when the hard work we’ve done in pre-season and through the season comes to fruition.
“It was really pleasing for us as coaches to see a typical Glasgow performance of really taking the game to the opposition. Even when things weren’t working against Cardiff they still had the resilience to keep going and find a way to win.”
Garry Ringrose taking time to reflect on his fine season:
“I still feel lucky, and it’s still a kinda pinch yourself moment getting the chance to represent Leinster, especially here in the RDS with my friends and family in the crowd.
“How special that feels certainly hasn’t dwindled in any way, so not too much has changed.
“I was over the moon to get the opportunity I did (with Ireland) during the autumn. I wouldn’t have expected or envisaged getting the opportunities I did.
“That’s the challenge I have now, to take that experience and turn it into something beneficial for Leinster.”
Top of the tweets:
Scott Baldwin has a weekend to remember:
— scott baldwin (@scottbaldwin2) January 7, 2017
Tommy Seymour impressed with resurgent Warriors:
Really important win last night, pack were immense throughout and kept us on the front foot in difficult conditions. Loved the Hokey Cokey👌
— Tommy Seymour (@tommy_seymour14) January 8, 2017
Jerry Flannery on a momentous weekend in Paris:
Thanks to all the @Munsterrugby fans that supported us this wkend, players were great & felt great to come away from Paris happy this time!
— Jerry Flannery (@jerryflannery) January 8, 2017
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