Leinster get the better of Munster
- 07 Oct 2017
A 13-point haul from Johnny Sexton lifted Leinster to a 23-17 win over Munster, while there were also Pro14 wins for the Scarlets, Ulster, Edinburgh, Cardiff Blues, Treviso and Glasgow Warriors.
In an absorbing clash at the Aviva Stadium, the fierce Irish rivals produced a five-try classic, with the visiting Munster side outscoring their hosts three tries to two. Leinster, however, relied on the accurate kicking boot of Sexton to get them over the line. The flyhalf slotted two conversions and three penalties.
Outside centre Rory O’Loughlin scored a first-half brace to give Leinster a 14-7 lead at the break. Ian Keatley accounted for Munster’s try.
Munster were much improved in the second half, with winger Keith Earls scoring a double, but both his efforts were unconverted. Sexton, on the other hand, punished Munster’s ill-discipline by slotting three penalties.
In other results, the Scarlets pipped the Ospreys 19-18 despite Dan Biggar’s six penalties, John Cooney’s 11-point haul lifted Ulster to a 16-8 triumph over Connacht, a late penalty gave Edinburgh a 16-15 win over Zebre and the Cardiff Blues produced their best performance yet to upset the Dragons 43-29.
Round six results:
Leinster 23 Munster 17
Ospreys 18 Scarlets 19
Ulster 16 Connacht 8
Edinburgh 16 Zebre 15
Cardiff Blues 43 Dragons 29
Treviso 31 Kings 3
Cheetahs 26 Glasgow Warriors 29
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