Leinster moved back to the top of the Guinness PRO12 table with a seven-try success over Scarlets while Munster came from behind to beat Cardiff Blues on Saturday.
Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 action:
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What they said:
Leo Cullen was impressed with Ross and Adam Byrne’s contributions:
“(Ross Byrne’s) recognition of where the space is and the relationship between Ross and the wingers is really coming on.
“Scarlets were getting a bit tight defensively, so kicking to Adam (Byrne)’s side of the field in the second half got us a lot of really good rewards. Adam looked dangerous in the wide spaces, but really good kicking from Ross.
“The players are training well, they’re working hard. When they get time off they’re recovering well so they can work hard again.”
The Warriors are not giving up on a top four finish according to Gregor Townsend:
“We could do with a 10-pointer one week. We know we’ve got a lot of catching up to do and we’ll probably have to rely on the teams above us losing.
“We’ll have to rely on teams like Scarlets and Ulster to slip up and we’ll have to get on a really good winning run. This is an exciting part of the season.
“We’ve got Connacht here in three weeks’ time, a massive game against the champions. We’ll have more players available and they’ll come back (from Scotland duty) full of confidence.”
Rassie Erasmus believes his side will be full of confidence after their win:
“Apart from the win, this is a good building block for our belief as well.
“It wasn’t a spectacle and maybe the weather contributed to that, but listen, to come here against a team who beat us at home, on the back of a loss last week, the confidence had taken a bit of a dent and the guys had to step up today.
“We need to pick the best side now because we have experimented a lot for the past four or five games. Now we have to pick the most in-form side.”
Former Wales captain hard at work in Cardiff
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) March 4, 2017
Nigel Owens gave a slightly unusual yellow card
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) March 4, 2017
Simon Zebo was thrilled to see Munster victorious
— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) March 4, 2017
And Peter Horne enjoyed Glasgow’s return to form
That was more like it today @GlasgowWarriors Great to get back at home and get a great win after a tough couple of weeks. 😊
— Pete Horne (@Petehorne72) March 4, 2017
Guinness PRO12 Final 2017, 27th May, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
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