Munster had a tough time beating Treviso 31-20 in Pool 5, but managed a bonus point with a string of tries in the second half. Connacht had a good win in France but Ulster lost to Stade Francais 13-10
Munster had a tough time beating Treviso 31-20 in Pool 5, but managed a bonus
point with a string of tries in the second half. Connacht had a good win in
France but Ulster lost to Stade Francais 13-10.
Treviso 20 – 31 Munster:
Treviso started the game well and scored a try within the first five minutes
when Gonzalo Canale went over. Outhalf Simon Mason converted for a seven-point
lead. But a quick free-kick from Anthony Foley allowed Ronan O’Gara to feed
Mike Mullins for an immediate Munster response. O’Gara kicked the conversion
to bring the sides to 7-7.
Both teams missed a penalty atempt before Treviso’s Mason kicked for 3 points
to give them the lead. Munster were not behind for long, as James Blaney went
over for Munster’s second try on the 30 minute mark, O’Gara missed the conversion
and the score stood at 12-10 at half time.
In the second half, Treviso looked threatening, but it was Munster who got
on the scoreboard next, just prior to 60 minutes, when another push from the
pack saw captain Jim Williams touch down, before Foley grabbed an opportunist
score for the fourth try, and a bonus point. After two misses, O’Gara finally
hit his second conversion. After a Franco Smith drop goal for the hosts, Jeremy
Staunton added another try for Munster, before a consolation score for Alessandro
Troncon to leave the final score at 31-20.
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Stade Francais 13 – 10 Ulster:
Ulster took the lead on 12 minutes against Stade Francais when David Humphreys
charged down a ball in midfield and ran all the way over for a try, which he
the converted. However, just three minutes later, Ulster conceded a penalty,
which was quickly taken for Arnaud Marchois to score. Diego Dominguez’s conversion
levelled matters. Stade Francais dominated possession for the next 15 minutes,
but after defending well, Ulster went ahead when Humphreys hit a penalty after
a Stade offside. Ulster kept the narrow lead to the break, thanks to more last
Following a brief period of Ulster dominance early in the second half, the
hosts once again took over. The French won a penalty off an Ulster scrum and
Dominguez calmly struck to make it 10-10. Inevitably, with Stade all over Ulster,
the Parisians won another penalty ten minutes from time and Dominguez made no
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Narbonne 18 – 27 Connacht:
Connacht pulled off an excellent 27-18 away win to Narbonne after leading 24-3
at half-time despite the home side enjoying the majority of territory and possession.
Fullback Matt Mostyn, centre Darren Yapp and winger Conor McPhillips all scored
tries against the run of play while veteran Eric Elwood added all three conversions.
The French club fought their way back into the match on the back of tries by
backrower Gonzalo Longo-Elia and lock Olivier Olibeau as the home pack began
to dominate, but Mark McHugh had the last word with a late penalty goal.
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