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Guinness PRO12 round-up: Treviso down Ospreys, Leinster sneak past Blues

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:

  • Alberto Sgarbi’s try and the boot of Tito Tebaldi combined to lead Treviso to a marginal 13-5 home victory against Ospreys, securing their third win of the campaign.
  • Keelan Giles scored Ospreys’ only points and defeat leaves them six points off table-toppers Leinster.
  • The Irish side now lead by two points from rivals Munster after they hung on to beat a spirited Cardiff Blues side 22-21.
  • The hosts took control through tries from Dan Leavy and Luke McGrath, but the Blues surged back and led 21-17 through Tomos Williams and Sion Bennett.
  • However, Leinster secured a seventh straight league win through Ross Molony.
  • Unlike Ospreys, Munster completed their own Italian job in style with a handsome 50-14 victory against Zebre.
  • Ronan O’Mahony scored twice to take his tally of tries to nine for the season, while James Cronin also grabbed a double.
  • Finn Russell carried his impressive RBS 6 Nations form over into the Guinness PRO12 as he inspired Glasgow Warriers to a thrilling 35-24 win over defending champions Connacht.
  • Russell booted two penalties, three conversions and scored a try in the win – keeping alive their play-off hopes.
  • Niyi Adeolokun and John Muldoon did give Connacht a half-time lead before Glasgow rallied after the break.

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.”

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Guinness PRO12 Final 2017, 27th May, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
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