Defeat for Conference A leaders Glasgow Warriors demonstrated that no team is safe in the Guinness PRO14 as the fight for the semi-finals spots heats up.
Warriors had lost just twice all term before travelling to champions Scarlets, but the Welsh province boosted their own prospects of being involved in the end-of-season shakeup with a Rhys Patchell-inspired victory.
There was a big victory for Conference B leaders Leinster Rugby over Zebre, while both Benetton Rugby and Toyota Cheetahs survived second-half scares from Dragons and Cardiff Blues respectively.
Here are five of the best tries from the weekend’s action:
Francois Venter – Toyota Cheetahs v Cardiff Blues
Cheetahs sped out the traps, but had to survive a second-half scare before seeing out a 29-27 win.
Midway through the first half Francois Venter lit up Toyota Stadium with the home team’s second try of the afternoon.
Wings William Small-Smith and Sibhale Maxwane stole plenty of ground, before the ball was worked from right to left where centre Francois Venter collected a lofted pass, skipped inside the challenge of Matthew Morgan and went over.
Dan Goggin – Southern Kings v Munster
Trailing 15-13 at the interval, Munster turned the match on its head with four second-half tries and Dan Goggin scored the pick of the bunch.
Under pressure, Munster turned the ball over inside their own 22 and broke forwards.
Calvin Nash galloped down the right, passed in field to Conor Oliver who, with his back to Goggin, quickly offloaded to the centre who sprinted 40m to the line.
Bryan Byrne – Leinster Rugby v Zebre
Replacement Bryan Byrne completed a comfortable 41-6 score victory for Leinster with the sventh and final try of the match.
After several phases, Byrne, on for James Tracy in the front row, showed great strength to power through simultaneous challenges from Faialaga Afamasaga and Giulio Bisegni and go over in the corner from close range.
Monty Ioane – Benetton Rugby v Dragons
Left-wing Monty Ioane scored the second of Benetton’s four tries in their narrow 29-27 win over Dragons.
The Italians worked the ball out to the left for Ioane, who jinked past scrum-half Owain Leonard and ran in over the line to help continue the Treviso team’s excellent season.
Rhys Patchell – Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors
After a slow start, fly-half Rhys Patchell grabbed the ball by the horns to boost Scarlets’ semi-final hopes with a 26-8 win over Glasgow Warriors.
With 28 minutes and no score on the board at Parc y Scarlets, Patchell collected Gareth Davies’ pass on the edge of the Glasgow 22 and headed straight for the heart of the Warriors defence/
He shrugged off a challenge from Ali Price before going over as the Warriors scrum-half desperately tried to recover.
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