RaboDirect Pro12 - Ospreys extend lead

Sat, 08 Oct 22:18:00 2011

Ospreys extended their lead at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 ahead of a three-week break in league action with a narrow 17-13 victory over fellow high-flyers Munster.

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Rhys Webb's breakaway try in the 56th minute was the decisive part of this nail-biting win, as Munster lost a league tie at Thomond Park for the first time since April 2010.

This top of the table clash was stop-start throughout and the wet conditions made for a tight, forwards-dominated game.

Lively Munster centre Danny Barnes scored the only try of a poor first half early on, the Ospreys hitting back through the boot of Dan Biggar to reduce the arrears to 10-6 by the interval.

Webb's score, which was sparked by Barry Davies' interception, edged the Welsh region in front and a last-minute penalty from Biggar sealed the triumph.

Leinster produced an assured second-half display as they came from 12 points down to defeat Connacht 30-20 in their RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the RDS.

Ray Ofisa and Brian Tuohy both scored converted tries in the run-up to half-time to fire the underdogs into a deserved 20-8 lead after Devin Toner had crossed first for the hosts.

With Johnny O'Connor hurtling into tackles and Niall O'Connor a steadying presence at out-half, Connacht were on course for their first away win over Leinster since September 2002.

But just as they did against Aironi seven days ago, Leinster managed to turn things around after the break.

A succession of penalty goals - Isa Nacewa finished with 14 points - and Luke Fitzgerald's 65th-minute try edged the hosts ahead, and a last-minute drop goal from Ian Madigan even took the losing bonus point away from Connacht.

Cardiff Blues ended a three-match losing streak as they secured a 37-26 bonus-point victory in their RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Aironi.

The Welsh side led 20-11 at the break thanks to tries from Dafydd Hewitt and Chris Czekaj and 10 points from Ceri Sweeney's boot.

Wing Sinoti Sinoti had crossed early on for the hosts, with Naas Olivier kicking two penalties, and they added second-half scores from Nick Williams (two) and Gilberto Pavan to earn a bonus point of their own.

But the Blues made the win safe with Czekaj's second try and a Xavier Rush score securing the five points, Sweeney adding the conversions and a penalty for a personal 17-point haul.

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