Madigan helps Leinster to victory as big guns return
Ian Madigan, the man tasked with replacing Ireland's premier fly-half Jonathan Sexton, was the star performer as Leinster returned to winning ways against Cardiff Blues. The Irish province welcomed big-hitters Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip back to the fold at the RDS, while Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Cuthbert completed the British and Irish Lions theme. Matt O'Connor's side, who had lost to Glasgow Warriors in their previous outing, were 34-20 winners as Madigan scored a try and notched a further 12 points with his boot. Indeed, it was his effort five minutes from time which sealed the win.
Cronin continues to impress for Munster
Munster are not a club short in supply when it comes to exciting young talent, namely Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony and Simon Zebo. But it's James Cronin who has really impressed in the opening stages of this season's RaboDirect Pro12. The young prop, 22, capped a fine start to the 2013/14 season with one of Munster's tries in a 23-9 win against Newport Gwent Dragons. He breached the Welsh side's defence with a powerful run to score his second try of the season. One to watch out for in the coming months.
Glasgow Warriors continue run
Glasgow Warriors have extended their winning start to the season to four games after a 24-17 victory over Italian side Zebre. Fresh from a win against defending champions Leinster, the Scottish side maintained their 100 per cent record as Byron McGuigan scored two tries, with Dougie Hall also crossing the line, whilst Henry Prygos kicked nine points. However there was room for improvement as Glasgow surrendered a 24-3 lead and allowed Zebre to mount a late comeback. It cost them a crucial bonus point. Next up this weekend is a tough trip to Scarlets.