Benetton Treviso upset the odds with an outstanding victory against Ospreys, while Munster moved a step closer to a play-off place on a busy day of Guinness PRO12 action.
Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 action:
What they said:
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy was not impressed by his side’s defeat at Benetton Treviso:
“That’s pretty fair if I’m honest” said Tandy.
“In five years of coaching the Ospreys there have not been many nights like this. We were beaten in all facets of the game tonight.
“At setpiece, physically they dominated us. Our decision making and execution was poor, we had line breaks but we coughed the ball up.
“Credit to Treviso, they were outstanding whereas we, I thought, were disastrous for large parts, making things really difficult for ourselves.
“Towards the back end we lost all sense of composure, running in to touch, throwing loose balls around, not winning set piece, everything we’ve worked on throughout the season, what we saw tonight was everything we haven’t done.”
Cardiff Blues boss Danny Wilson was proud of his side after a narrow loss at Leinster.
“To come to Leinster, lose by one point with two clear-cut opportunities to win is something to be proud of,” he said.
“We certainly struggled at the scrums today, we went into the game with a tight-head [Anton Peikrishvili] who had a back issue, that surfaced quickly and we got very disjointed in that area.
“Having said that, we defended against huge pressure, and we scored three great tries off turn-over.
“So there’s a lot of positives in there, but the difference was that power game they can play.”
Leinster coach Leo Cullen was relieved his side emerged unscathed:
“We certainly forced things, which got us into a lot of trouble,” Cullen said.
“Some good lessons for a lot of our young guys in particular. It just shows you that the league is tight.
“You look at a team like Cardiff – I said it before the game today – they have a lot of experience. If you look through their 23 they have a lot of good pros and a lot of guys who have international experience as well, and they have a lot of pace.
“We talked about their pace and the threat of their pace, but I’m not sure anybody was listening.
“We forced the issue a number of times. Off turnover Cardiff scored three tries and there’s their 21 points.
“We had a lot of territory, a lot of possession, and our scrum was strong. It was good to get over for a lineout maul try at the end.”
Blues back Gareth Anscombe knows how close the Blues were to victory at Leinster
Tough loss to take, probably had a few chances at the end to snatch a late win but a decent shift from the boys. Congrats to @leinsterrugby
— Gareth Anscombe (@Gareth_Anscombe) March 25, 2017
Rory Hughes paid tribute to the outgoing Glasgow Warriors winger Sean Lamont
— Rory Hughes (@RozzaHughes) March 25, 2017
Finn Russell enjoyed his first game back for the Warriors
What a day to being back playing code at Scotstoun, topped off with a BP win. Thanks everyone for the support tonight it was awesome 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/RT7R8yjPXl
— Finn Russell (@finn_russell) March 25, 2017
Guinness PRO12 Final 2017, 27th May, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
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