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# missed opportunities
'We are making life so hard for ourselves' - Andy Friend says Connacht must improve
Head coach happy with win against Ospreys ‘but not as happy with the performance’.
# Rugby
Connacht seal gutsy away win over the Ospreys
Andy Friend’s put a horror start behind them to secure a vital win.
# Work to do
Ulster must improve significantly to beat Leinster, says Cooney
The province flexed their muscles in Llanelli to put 55 points over the Welsh club.
Tipp out to bounce back, Cats' new era: Allianz Hurling Leagues talking points
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Tipp out to bounce back, Cats' new era: Allianz Hurling Leagues talking points
As the Allianz Hurling Leagues get underway this weekend, we look at five of the main talking points.
# riot act
'We can't afford another performance like this' - Rowntree slams sloppy Munster
‘We had British Lions on the field but whoever has got the shirt, we just expected more accuracy.’
# Struggle
Hanrahan kicks 18 points as Dragons earn first win over Munster in seven years
It’s back-to-back defeats for Munster to start the season after a very poor showing at Rodney Parade.
# Sloppy
Munster begin Graham Rowntree era with defeat in Cardiff
The southern province were beaten for the first time in four years by Cardiff.
# Hardy Weather
Two-try Ulster keep Dragons scoreless to secure victory in horrible conditions
Dan McFarland’s side were dominant throughout the clash at Rodney Parade.
# the west is awake
Jack Carty the star turn as Connacht win at Scarlets for first time since 2004
The Ireland out-half kicked 14 points.
All time
# outmuscled
Munster suffer first URC loss of season to Opsreys
The Ospreys were full value for the win over Johann van Graan’s side.
# SUAF
Munster's unbeaten start continues as they thrash Scarlets across the water
Johan van Graan’s side secured an impressive bonus-point win.
# got away with one
Leinster misfire but survive serious Dragons scare in Newport
Leo Cullen’s men did just enough to avoid becoming the first Irish province to lose to the Dragons in four years.
# W6N
'They like to get in your face': Griggs' Ireland steel themselves for French pressure test
After their flying start in Wales, Ireland are preparing for a much tougher examination against France.
# W6N
Parsons shines as seven-try Ireland blow Wales away in Cardiff
The visitors built up a commanding 31-0 lead in the first-half.
# Collapse
Connacht stunned by Scarlets comeback as 21-point interval lead slips away in Pro14 thriller
Andy Friend’s side coasted to a 33-13 lead by half-time but only scored three points in the second half.
Argentina approach Pro14 over Jaguares potentially joining competition, but from Spain
The UAR have hugely ambitious plans for the 2019 Super Rugby finalists to be based in Bilbao.
# Boost
Connacht keep alive slim hopes of reaching Pro14 final with bonus point win
The Irish side overcame a resilient Dragons outfit in Newport.
# Winning Streak
Leinster continue winning run with hard-fought defeat of Ospreys
The hosts recovered from a slow start to hold a surprise 10-7 lead at half-time.
# IRewal
Wales aiming to 'come out of the blocks firing' against Ireland, warns new defence coach
‘First and foremost we’ve got to stop the likes of Robbie Henshaw,’ says Byron Hayward.
# Going Well
Connacht see off depleted Ospreys to continue winning run
Tries from Niyi Adeolokun and Peter Robb along with 10 points from the boot of Conor Fitzgerald was enough to seal an impressive victory.
# playmaker
Friend thrilled to see Fitzgerald's 'immense skill-set come to the fore'
The 22-year-old out-half is making the most of Jack Carty’s absence.
# feeling 22
Fitzgerald's star continues to rise as Connacht thrash Dragons and return home with bonus point
Gavin Thornbury, Matt Healy, Finlay Bealham, Cillian Gallagher and Kieran Marmion all ran in tries in Newport.
# Defeated
Connacht's Pro14 campaign off to disappointing start with defeat to Scarlets
All Connacht could muster was a single try from Eoghan Masterson and five points from Conor Fitzgerald.
# join forces
Scarlets and Ospreys set to merge in major Welsh rugby overhaul
The two Welsh regions are set to amalgamate, potentially for as soon as the start of next season.
# Job Done
McCloskey shines and Henderson returns to help Ulster grind out valuable away win over Ospreys
Man-of-the-match McCloskey’s try and John Cooney’s penalty got them over the line in Wales.
# Guinness Pro14
Late Boyle try means Connacht make do with losing bonus point against gutsy Cardiff
The replacement back row’s late try ensured the Irish province left Wales with a losing bonus point.
# pro14
Ulster shoved aside by four-try Scarlets
David Shanahan and Jonny Stewart crossed the whitewash for Dan McFarland’s side, but it wasn’t enough to stop Scarlets overtaking them in Conference B.
# test run
Beirne hoping to win Ireland cap in Australia while still a Scarlet
The powerful forward could be an Ireland international when he officially becomes a Munster player in July.
# hard bet
'If I had £20 spare I’d definitely put it on Scarlets beating Leinster and winning the whole thing'
Confident Welshmen are dangerous Welshmen and Leinster will face plenty of them in the Champions Cup semi-final.
# Keane to Improve
Connacht's Champions Cup hopes hanging by a thread after 'horrendous night'
Western province fall six points behind Ospreys in play-off race having played a game more.
# pro14
Sean O'Brien's comeback cruelly cut short by injury as Leinster held by Scarlets
Tadhg Beirne wins vital penalty at the death to allow hosts escape with a draw.