Guinness PRO14: Ospreys, Leinster, Connacht, Ulster beat Benetton, Cardiff Blues, Zebre, Scarlets
Defending champions Leinster equalled a PRO14 championship record of seven successive bonus-points wins by smashing Cardiff Blues in Dublin; Ospreys come from 15 points down to beat Benetton; Connacht run riot at Zebre; Ulster pip Scarlets in Belfast.
Last Updated: 22/11/20 10:37pm
Recap all of Sunday's Guinness PRO14 action as Ospreys, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster beat Benetton, Cardiff Blues, Zebre and Scarlets respectively.
Ospreys 24-22 Benetton
The Ospreys overturned a 15-point deficit to record a 24-22 Guinness PRO14 victory over Benetton at St Helen's in Swansea.
Tries from Ifan Phillips, Shaun Venter and Dewi Lake along with nine points from the boot of Stephen Myler was enough to secure a dramatic victory for Toby Booth's side.
Hame Faiva scored a hat-trick for Benetton with Ian Keatley adding seven points from the kicking tee as they fell just short.
Benetton full-back Jayden Hayward received an early yellow card for an illegal slap down after an early break from Wales wing George North.
Leinster 40-5 Cardiff Blues
Scott Penny snapped up two final-quarter tries during Leinster's 40-5 Guinness PRO14 win over Cardiff Blues at the RDS.
The perfect start continues for @leinsterrugby 🤩— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) November 22, 2020
The triple-defending champions equal the #GuinnessPRO14 record of seven five-point victories in succession, with a well-earned win over a stubborn @cardiff_blues side
Who stood out for you? 🤔#LEIvCBL pic.twitter.com/nqTKvJeTQc
Penny took his season's haul to five tries, and fellow replacement Michael Silvester added his first senior score, as Leinster claimed a championship record-equalling seventh successive bonus-point victory.
Dave Kearney's try after just 36 seconds - the Irish province's second-fastest in PRO14 history - put them on course for a 19-5 half-time lead.
Jimmy O'Brien and Aled Summerhill swapped tries towards the end of the first quarter, with James Tracy's maul score coming just before the interval.
Cardiff defended manfully but flanker Penny burrowed over twice before Silvester dotted down from Harry Byrne's inviting 77th-minute kick.
Zebre 12-47 Zebre
Connacht bounced back from last week's narrow defeat by Scarlets with a comfortable 47-12 Guinness PRO14 win at Zebre.
It's seven heaven for @connachtrugby! 7️⃣— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) November 22, 2020
A scintillating performance after going behind, kickstarted by Sean O'Brien's try on his first start in two years, fires them to a bonus-point victory over @ZebreRugby 👊#ZEBvCON #GuinnessPRO14 pic.twitter.com/avticQJQDR
The Westerners racked up seven tries with Tom Daly and Alex Wootton grabbing two apiece in Parma.
Tommaso Boni broke through to give the Italians an early lead but two Jack Carty penalties cut the deficit before Sean O'Brien drove over.
Wootton's double put Connacht 23-7 up at the interval before Sam Arnold and Daly stretched the advantage to 26 points.
Connacht were reduced to 14 men when Abraham Papali'i was shown a red card for a head-high challenge on Boni, and Marco Manfredi promptly scored Zebre's second try.
But a penalty try put the visitors 40-12 up and Daly chased down Conor Fitzgerald's kick through to complete the scoring.
Ulster 26-24 Scarlets
Ulster secured their seventh straight PRO14 win with a 26-24 victory over Scarlets but they were made to fight all the way in an entertaining game which brought try bonuses for both sides.
They were made to battle but the unbeaten run goes on...just! 👊— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) November 22, 2020
Four tries see @UlsterRugby past a determined but wasteful @scarlets_rugby as their perfect start goes on in a great game ⚪️
How much did you enjoy that one?!#GuinnessPRO14 | #ULSvSCA pic.twitter.com/6PatbENfSz
It was Ulster's fifth bonus-point win from their seven games played and the 1,000 supporters allowed into the Kingspan Stadium for the first time this season were treated to a closely-fought contest which the Welsh region could have won had they been more accurate.
But Scarlets not only secured their own try bonus point, following Phil Price's late effort, but also left with a losing bonus point as well.
Ulster - who led 19-7 at the break - scored tries from Rob Lyttle, Stewart Moore and Sean Reidy before Kieran Treadwell bagged the bonus point in the second half.
However, they invited Scarlets back into the contest after having two players sent to the bin, Treadwell in the first half and Matt Faddes in the second.
For Scarlets, Dan Jones was wide with two early penalties but Paul Asquith scored a first-half try, converted by Angus O'Brien, before Ryan Conbeer and Steff Evans crossed the line ahead of Evans' 76th-minute drive which was also converted by O'Brien.