United Rugby Championship: Munster, Benetton, Glasgow, Ulster, Ospreys win Saturday action | Rugby Union News
Saturday’s United Rugby Championship results: Munster 34-18 Stormers; Benetton 28-27 Edinburgh; Glasgow Warriors 35-24 sharks; Zebra 3-36 Ulster; Ospreys 18-14 Cardiff Rugby; the four South African franchises end the second round of the RCU with losses.
Last update: 10/02/21 10:20 PM
A summary of the action from the United Rugby Championship on Saturday as Munster, Benetton, Glasgow, Ulster and Ospreys claimed victories …
Munster 34-18 Stormers
RG Snyman beamed the biggest smile of the night as his try helped Munster to a 34-18 victory over the Stormers at Thomond Park.
The gargantuan South African lock, who suffered a serious knee injury on his debut last year, scored his first score at Munster to put his 13-month nightmare well and truly behind him.
The Stormers’ scintillating start produced tries from Warrick Gelant and Leolin Zas, leading them to a 15-0 lead, which was 15-7 at halftime.
The visitors’ discipline disintegrated and the Munster peloton took over, with trials shared between Jack O’Donoghue (two), Jean Kleyn, Niall Scannell and Snyman.
Benetton 28-27 Edinburgh
Substitute Leonardo Marin surprised Edinburgh with an 85th-minute drop-goal as Benetton won a 28-27 thriller in Treviso.
Edinburgh seemed to have had enough after Ben Vellacott scored two tries that put the visitors in the lead until Marin, 19, struck with the last kick of the game at Stadio Monigo.
Mike Blair’s men collected two points in the game, but he will be frustrated that Edinburgh couldn’t finish things after Jaco Van Der Walt’s 75th-minute penalty.
Pillar WP Nel and hooker Stuart McInally also touched the ground for Edinburgh, with Van Der Walt making two conversions.
Benetton, beaten only once in his last seven games before Edinburgh’s visit to northern Italy, scored for two tries by hooker Gianmarco Lucchesi and one by winger Monty Ioane, while Tomas Albornoz has scored a penalty and a conversion, and Marin added a penalty, a conversion and his goal.
Glasgow Warriors 35-24 Sharks
Cole Forbes made two tries as Glasgow claimed a 35-24 victory over the Sharks at Scotstoun.
A dominant first-half performance opened up a 28-10 lead at the break for the Warriors, with the bonus point already in the sack.
However, Danny Wilson’s men will be frustrated that they lost the boil in the last half hour instead of really putting on a regular shark outfit to the sword.
Zebra 3-36 Ulster
Ulster recorded a second consecutive victory with bonus points, beating Zebre 36-3 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
It was a far from vintage performance from the visitors, but they were still way too strong, scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half.
Winger Ethan McIlroy and flanker Nick Timoney led the way with trying doubles, while there were also touchdowns for fullback Will Addison and center James Hume, along with fullback Billy Burns, Nathan Doak and Mike Lowry each converting.
Zebre managed a penalty from Antonio Rizzi in response, but they were far behind despite the Ulster never reaching top speed.
Ospreys 18-14 Cardiff
The Ospreys beat Cardiff 18-14 at Swansea.com stadium to make them two out of two wins in this season’s competition.
Welsh away half Gareth Anscombe scored all points for the home side in his second competitive game only after a two-year hiatus due to injury.
Josh Adams and Owen Lane scored tries for Cardiff, while Rhys Priestland scored four points.