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Treviso did Irish rugby a favour last night by stunning the Ospreys

Leinster and Munster occupy the top two places in the Guinness Pro12 this morning.

Treviso celebrate after Alberto Sgarbi's try.
Treviso celebrate after Alberto Sgarbi's try.
Image: Alfio Guarise/INPHO

MUNSTER MOVED A step closer to securing a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 last night thanks to an unexpected slip-up by the Ospreys in Italy.

The Welsh side left the Stadio Monigo empty-handed after suffering a 13-5 defeat to Benetton Treviso, with an 18th-minute try from Alberto Sgarbi, five points from the boot of Tito Tebaldi and three from Ian McKinley cancelling out a try from Keelan Giles on the stroke of half-time, which Sam Davies failed to convert.

Having recorded a 64-10 victory over Treviso in Swansea earlier in the season, Steve Tandy’s side would have been confident of taking another five-point haul last night, which would have sent them back into second place ahead of Munster, who were also in Italy yesterday to seal a bonus-point triumph over Zebre.

However, with four rounds of fixtures still to be played, Munster are now four points clear of the third-placed Ospreys. Ulster, who beat the Dragons on Friday, occupy the fourth and final play-off spot with a three-point gap back to the Scarlets in fifth.

Leinster, who face the Ospreys next, have a two-point lead at the summit following their 22-21 defeat of Cardiff Blues yesterday.

Table Source: PRO12Rugby.com

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