10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Frankie Sheahan scored two of his side's five tries as Munster were inspired by the return of the Irish internationals. After 11 minutes the Welsh line was crossed as Munster's third line-out in quick succession saw Donnacha O'Callaghan grasp possession and hooker Sheahan rumble over from close range.
South African wing Shaun Payne deservedly crossed for Munster's second try after 34 minutes, when a pick and drive by David Wallace saw O'Gara transfer wide and centre Jason Holland loop a one-handed pass cleverly for Payne to touch down. Centre Mike Mullins followed up his own chip to score his fifth try of the competition three minutes later and O'Gara kicked the home side into a 17-0 lead.
Munster received a penalty try later on, awarded as the Blues sought to bring down a rampant Munster drive close to their line, and put four converted tries between the sides, with O'Gara kicking the extra points. A late rally by the blues was not nearly enough and Frankie Sheahan finished the game off with a late try.
Final Score: Munster 31 Cardiff Blues 10
Full Details at: MunsterRugby.ie
Ulster easily registered their seventh Celtic League win to stay top of the table after crushing The Borders at Ravenhill.
The game was over as a contest before half time by which time Ulster had already scored a bonus point from crossing the visitors' line four times. After turning round 32-0 in front, Ulster could only manage two further tries in a second half which they continued to dominate.
The Borders did get on the scoreboard with a late breakaway consolation try from Nikki Walker which Tanner Vili failed to convert. Ulster, though, finished the night with an injury-time score from replacement hooker Paul Shields. Wallace landed his fifth conversion to complete the scoring.
Final Score: Ulster 46 Borders 5
Full Details at: UlsterRugby.ie