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Guinness PRO12 returns: Scarlets into the top four as Munster lead

The Guinness PRO12 returned last night, with five of the top six all in action. Ospreys, Munster and Scarlets breathed life into their already stellar campaigns while Glasgow Warriors suffered a setback.

Here is all you need to know about last night’s action.

  • Wayne Pivac’s Scarlets side leapfrogged Glasgow Warriors into fourth place in the Guinness PRO12 with an impressive 26-14 win away at Scotstoun.
  • The Llanelli side were a point behind Gregor Townsend’s side heading into the game, but Olympic silver medallist James Davies and Tom Williams crossed, with Dan Jones kicking 11 points.
  • Zebre led Ospreys 10-0 at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi with 39 minutes gone, but a brave Ospreys side kicked to the corner, Ashley Beck grabbing the try on the stroke of half-time before Dan Baker’s ten-minute hat-trick took the game away from the hosts.
  • Sam Parry and an individual score from Dafydd Howells saw Ospreys rack up a bonus-point 40-10 win that kept them within a point of Guinness PRO12 leaders Munster.
  • Munster showed their championship credentials with a five-try win over Newport Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park.
  • South African Jaco Taute powered over for a double either side of a memorable Andrew Conway effort before Dave Kilcoyne and Ronan O’Mahony put the icing on the 45-17 cake.
  • Marcell Coetzee made his Ulster return in a bonus-point 26-18 win over Edinburgh at the Kingspan Stadium.
  • A Magnus Bradbury try after one minute left Ulster under pressure, but Luke Marshall, Darren Cave Louis Ludik and Jacob Stockdale wrapped up a bonus-point before half-time.
  • Edinburgh were unlucky to leave with nothing after tries from Stuart McInally and Damien Hoyland either side of half-time and a late Sam Hidalgo-Clyne penalty had pulled them back into the game.

Munster boss Rassie Erasmus satisfied after seeing off Newport Gwent Dragons with a bonus point:

“We’ll take this, it was impressive; we played well and did enough to secure a very important win”

Les Kiss delighted with Marcell Coetzee returning for Ulster:

“Marcell had a cracking game. I thought he put some really dominant carries in which make a difference and helped the whole back row.

“To tell you the truth I thought 10 months out of the game (with an ACL injury) that Marcell might be rustier than that but he was on the money and just kept putting his hand up to carry the ball and I thought he was brilliant.”

Steve Tandy praises ‘brave’ Ospreys after comeback win:

“In fairness to the boys, although they weren’t getting any change from Zebre they were relentless in what they were trying to do and they kept going.

“I thought it was a brave call at the end of the first half to kick to the corner instead of taking three points with it being the last play.

“They got the score, which was what they deserved from the first half, and it meant we were going in at half-time only three behind.”

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Guinness PRO12 Final 2017, 27th May, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Ticket Information: Fans can still avail of an exclusive number of €30 tickets. Book via www.ticketmaster.ie. Further information: www.pro12rugby.com/final