Leinster 18-22 Cardiff:
Leinster suffered another loss at Donnybrook on Friday evening. The home side began brightly making some clever breaks from the back and Felipe Contepomi took the first score of the game, when his penalty kick went over after just three minutes. But Cardiff were not long in exerting their influence and after 19 minutes blood substitution Rob Appleyard went over for the try. Robinson duly converted to push the Welsh side into a 7-3 lead, and that advantage was boosted when Robinson touched down in the corner as the break approached.
Leinster, however, failed to lie down and the Blues' defence could do nothing to prevent Norton touching down and Contepomi converting to leave Cardiff just two points to the good at half time. Cardiff's Quinnell was sin-binned after the re-start, and Leinster used the advantage well when Brendan Burke touched down to move them into a 15-12 lead.
And they pushed even further ahead when Brian O'Meara sent over a penalty. The game looked within Leinster's grasp, but a Robinson penalty and a Muller try saw Cardiff move 22-18 in front. The scene was set for an exciting finale, but will be remembered only for McCullen's injury, which resulted from a cowardly punch from substitute Appleyard.
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Ulster 36-13 Munster:
Ulster have returned to the top of the Celtic League table after a 36-13 victory over Munster. Four second-half tries ensured the win, as Munster failed to prevent the Northern charge.
The first half was a quiet affair with the sides exchanging penalties, and Ulster led 9-6 heading to the dressing rooms. But the second half action was
Although Munster replacement Frank Murphy did cross the line after 79 minutes, the damage had already been done and Ulster continue their quest for Celtic League honours.
Border 40-29 Connacht:
Connacht suffered a 40-29 defeat at the hands of the Borders after an exciting game that could have went either way at Netherdale. The Borders got off to a dream start and had clocked up 13 points after just 13 minutes, but then Connacht decided to get motoring.
Despite suffering from a classy Borders' try in the second minute, Connacht regained their composure and a Conor McPhilips try combined with a Mark McHugh penalty and conversion left the Irish province trailing by just three points as the scoreline read 16-13 at half time. After the break, Connacht continued to press forward and a pair of McHugh penalties as well a drive-over try courtesy of Peter Bracken put them into the lead for the first time.
But the Westerners certainly weren't prepared for the opposition's thundering response. Three tries through MacLeod, Stuart and Vili as well as two conversions and a last-gasp penalty ensured the win for the Borders.
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