The Guinness PRO12 enjoyed a breathtaking weekend of action, with a record-breaking 45 tries scored and excitement galore around the grounds.
The previous try scoring record across a PRO12 matchday weekend was 43 in Round 22 of the 2015/2015 season – but it’s now all change after Round 6 of this season’s competition.
In addition, a new high for bonus points was also set at the weekend, with nine earned, demonstrating the quality of contests and the close nature of nature of fixtures.
Six try bonus points were gathered and additionally three losing bonus points were also secured across the PRO12 weekend.
The glut of tries came as the intense competition in the Guinness PRO12 continues with just four points separating leaders Ulster Rugby from sixth-placed Cardiff Blues.
But it wasn’t just the on-field action that hogged the headlines at the weekend, with the PRO12 seeing over 70,000 fans watch the try-fest – an indication this season’s competition has certainly captured the imagination of supporters through Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy.
Ospreys’ home fixture with Cardiff produced the most tries across the weekend, ten in total, as the game ended 46-24.
— Simon Thomas (@simonrug) October 7, 2016
The Blues led 10-3 after Kristian Dacey’s try, but shipped 19 points after full-back Dan Fish was yellow carded.
Two tries by Eli Walker and scores by Alun Wyn Jones and Dmitri Arhip secured a bonus point before half-time, before Ben John, Dan Evans and Josh Matavesi added to the Ospreys’ total, with Tom James and Rey Lee-Lo replying for Blues.
There were eight tries a piece in the games involving Edinburgh Rugby and Benetton Treviso, plus Scarlets versus the Newport Gwent Dragons.
Edinburgh won 45-10 against the Italians with Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown scoring twice, while Scarlets narrowly beat Newport 31-27, with Steff Evans grabbing two tries.
Reigning champions Connacht got their title defence back on track as they shared seven tries with previously unbeaten Ulster and emerged 30-25 victors – Cian Kelleher scoring twice.
— BBC SPORT NI (@BBCSPORTNI) October 7, 2016
There was also seven tries in a hugely engaging 33-28 win on the road for Glasgow against Zebre Rugby, while Leinster beat Munster 25-14 in a game of five scores.
Ulster, Leinster, Ospreys and Glasgow, who occupy positions one to four in the table, are separated by just a point; highlighting the hugely competitive and closely fought nature of the competition.
Eleven of the 12 sides have secured at least a win after the first six rounds of competition, Connacht have finally kick-started their title defence with two wins, while bottom side Zebre have picked up three hard-fought bonus points.
There’s no doubting the PRO12 is enjoying a golden season to-date – let’s hope for more of the same after the European break.
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