Ulster hold on to go top

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:45
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Ulster withheld a fearsome late Munster onslaught to secure a thrilling 20-19 victory in the PRO12.

Ulster withheld a fearsome late Munster onslaught to secure a thrilling 20-19 victory in the PRO12.

Munster went through umpteen phases of play late on but some superb discipline from Ulster ensured they did not concede any penalties and did not give Ronan O'Gara the chance to win it with a drop goal.

Jackson scored 15 points on the night with five penalties and that, combined with a try for the impressive Jared Payne, took Ulster to the top of the PRO12 table.

The scorers:

For Ulster:
Try: Payne
Pens: Jackson 5

For Munster:
Try: Earls
Con: Keatley
Pens: Keatley 2
DGs: Keatley 2

Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Michael Allen, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Sean Doyle, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Lewis Stevenson, 4 Johann Muller (captain), 3 John Afoa, 2 Nigel Brady, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Callum Black, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Neil McComb, 20 Mike McComish, 21 Michael Heaney, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Craig Gilroy.

Munster: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Doug Howlett (captain), 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Luke O'Dea, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ronan O'Gara, 23 Keith Earls.

Edinburgh 41-10 Zebre

Edinburgh's proud record of never losing to Italian opposition on home turf in the PRO12 never looked in threat as Tim Visser's double handed Zebre a 41-10 defeat.

Visser was joined on the scoresheet by Sean Cox and Ross Ford while flyhalf added Greig Laidlaw 16 points with the boot for Edinburgh's second win of the season.

The visitors did cross late on through Sinoti Sinoti but it was too little too late and the Italian side headed home still searching for their first PRO12 points.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Cox , Visser 2, Ford, Penalty try
Cons: Laidlaw 5
Pens: Laidlaw 2

For Zebre:
Try: Sinoti
Cons: Halangahu
Pens: Halangahu

Yellow cards: Geldenhuys (Zebre - 34th min)

Edinburgh: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 9 Richie Rees, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 John Yapp.
Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Allan Jacobsen, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Perry Parker, 20 Dimitri Basilaia, 21 Chris Leck, 22 John Houston, 23 Tom Brown.

Zebre: 15 Sinoti Sinoti, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Matteo Pratichetti, 12 Daniel Halangahu, 11 Ruggero Trevisan, 10 Alberto Chiesa, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Andries van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Emiliano Caffini, 5 Josh Sole, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Luciano Leibson, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Andrea De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Filippo Cazzola, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Alberto Chillon, 22 Paolo Buso, 23 Alberto Benettin.

Glasgow Warriors 28-10 Ospreys

DTH van der Merwe set the tone right from the off as his magnificent early try was one of two on the night for the flying wing as Glasgow Warriors heaped more misery on defending PRO12 champions Ospreys as they left the Liberty Stadium with a 28-10 victory.

Both teams took to the field with plenty to play for, with new Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend still looking for his first win in charge and the Ospreys looking to avoid matching their own record set back in 2007 of starting the season as defending champions and with three straight losses.

But it was Townsend and co who were smiling come the final whistle as two van der Merwe tries and one for Chris Fusaro was more than enough to get the Warriors their first win of the season, handing Ospreys the unwanted record in return.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Try: Evans
Con: Biggar
Pen: Biggar,

For Glasgow:
Tries: van der Merwe 2, Fusaro
Cons: Weir 2
Pens: Weir 2, Jackson

Yellow cards: Webb (Ospreys -45th min); Eddie (Glasgow - 50th min)

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Tom Grabham, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric (c), 6 George Stowers, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Duncan Jones.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Joe Rees, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Andrew Bishop.

Glasgow Warriors:15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 John Barclay, 5 Al Kellock (c)), 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 George Hunter 18 Gordon Reid, 19 James Eddie, 20 Angus Macdonald, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Sean Lamont.

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