PRO14 round-up: Back-to-back defeats for Glasgow after losing to Benetton
Last Updated: 06/01/19 3:18pm
Glasgow suffered back-to-back defeats in the PRO14 after losing to Benetton while Leinster and Edinburgh were among the winners.
Benetton 20-17 Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow fell to a second successive Guinness PRO14 defeat to slip off top spot in Conference A as Tommaso Allan's second-half penalty clinched Benetton a 20-17 victory at the Stadio Monigo in Treviso.
The Warriors had led 14-12 at the break but fell short against their Italian opponents, who recorded a fourth straight win.
Dean Budd grabbed two first-half tries for the hosts and Braam Steyn added another in the second period, while Glasgow's tries came from Sam Johnson and George Horne.
Ospreys 20-11 Cardiff Blues
Sam Davies fired over a late drop goal to seal a 20-11 Ospreys victory in their PRO14 Welsh derby against Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium.
The score denied a bonus point for the Blues, who had been going for a clean sweep of Christmas and New Year Welsh derby victories after wins over Scarlets and Dragons.
Ospreys were indebted to tries from Wales duo Scott Williams and George North with Sam Davies adding 10 points with the boot.
Blues' points came through a try from Garyn Smith and two penalties from fly-half Gareth Anscombe.
Leinster 40-7 Ulster
Academy centre Conor O'Brien's classy solo try was the highlight in Leinster's bonus point derby win over Ulster.
Andrew Porter's try on the stroke of half-time gave Leinster a 26-7 lead at RDS, with his front row colleague Sean Cronin scoring twice inside the opening 12 minutes.
Hooker Adam McBurney's lone effort for Ulster was cancelled out by O'Brien's fourth try in seven PRO14 games.
Leo Cullen's men wrapped up the victory with Jamison Gibson-Park's 61st-minute effort and a last-minute penalty try from a dominant scrum.
Scarlets 22-13 Dragons
Scarlets bounced back from defeats to Ospreys and Cardiff to seal a victory over the Dragons in the final Welsh derby of the Christmas period.
Second-half tries from wing Ioan Nicholas and replacement scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne were backed up by four Dan Jones penalties as the home side ran out 22-13 victors.
Dragons, who had prop Dan Suter yellow-carded in the first half for a series of scrum offences, replied through two Josh Lewis penalties and a superb try right at the end by James Benjamin, converted by Jason Tovey.
Connacht 24-31 Munster
Munster moved to the top of Conference A after edging out Connacht 31-24 in a seven-try shootout at the Sportsground.
Returning captain Peter O'Mahony and man-of-the-match Joey Carbery, who scored 16 points, played crucial roles as Johann Van Graan's men replaced Glasgow at the top.
Converted tries from O'Mahony and Dan Goggin cancelled out Tom Farrell's opportunist seven-pointer as Munster took a 14-10 half-time lead.
Cian Kelleher and Goggin swapped tries in the second period, the latter score sparking a run of 17 points from the victors whose 63rd-minute bonus-point try was run in by Carbery. Connacht set up a grandstand finish with a brilliantly-worked Jack Carty try but Munster's strength-in-depth proved too much.
Edinburgh 38-0 Southern Kings
Edinburgh extended their unbeaten record at Murrayfield this season after easing to a 38-0 bonus point win over Southern Kings.
The hosts were in complete control with a 26-0 half-time lead after two tries from Darcy Graham and efforts from Dougie Fife and Rory Sutherland.
Edinburgh continued to dominate after the break with Simon Berghan scoring his first try for the club before Cameron Fenton finished off a sweeping move.
Cheetahs 27-12 Zebre
Benhard Janse Van Rensburg scored two tries as the Cheetahs moved six points clear of Zebre at the bottom of Conference A.
Van Rensburg touched down either side of half-time in Parma, with Rabz Maxwane, Reinach Venter and Daniel Maartens also crossing over to ensure a bonus-point victory for the South African side.
First-half tries from Edoardo Padovani and Giulio Bisegni kept the Italian hosts in contention at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi but could not prevent them slipping to a sixth-successive loss which leaves them adrift at the foot of the table.