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Connacht (then Ulster) climb top, Leinster pick up 52 and more of the weekend's Pro12 action

Three provinces gave us rugby to cheer about this weekend, but then…

THREE OF IRELAND’S provinces claimed impressive wins over an elongated Pro12 weekend with the result being that the same trio occupy first, second and third place in a congested table.

Dragons 21 Connacht 26

A brilliant away bonus point pushed Connacht to the top of the league on Thursday. Matt Healy and Tiernan O’Halloran’s first half scores are perfect examples of why Connacht are riding high, but the forward grunt shown in the second half is often overlooked.

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Leinster 52 Zebre 0

Eight different try-scorers and three of them claimed their first for Leinster. Watch out for Adam Byrne’s hands in the lead up to Isa Nacewa’s try and Cian Kelleher’s wheels for the last score of the night.

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Ulster 13 Glasgow 10

Not needed by Ireland, Craig Gilroy, Stuart McCloskey and Paddy Jackson played a big part in Ulster’s tight win over the reigning champions. Though they didn’t have their internationals, the Warriors did provide a glimpse of the flair that put them top of the pile last season.

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The win moved Ulster level on points with Connacht at the top of the table.

Munster 17 Ospreys 21

Francis Saili’s first Munster try wasn’t enough to keep the southern province from defeat in Cork.

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Scarlets 22 Edinburgh 21

It was just as tight as it sounds in Llanelli as the hosts trailed late on thanks to a brilliant Greig Tonks conversion before forcing a winning kick of their own.

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Treviso 13 Cardiff 7

13 must be lucky for some, because after a baker’s dozen of defeats in a miserable Pro12 season, Treviso finally claimed their first win of the season in round 14.

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