A late drop goal from Ross Byrne kept Leinster top of the Guinness PRO12 with the narrowest of victories against Ospreys while Munster stay second with a 10-7 win over Glasgow Warriors.
Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s action:
Ulster boss Les Kiss was disappointed with his side’s error count against Cardiff Blues:
“I think the error rate was the disappointing thing. We gave them a chance to stay in the game.
“Whether it was a missed tackle, a kick out on the full, or a line-out throw, we didn’t put those clinical edges on the game that you need to win the game.
“The talk was about individual responsibility and accountability for your work and just being really honest with yourself about being clinical and strong in terms of staying disciplined with your work, so that is where that stands.”
The roar of the 16th man at Irish Independent Park was crucial according to flanker Conor Oliver:
“It was brilliant result, a low scoring game but a really tough game, really physical game. They’re a great team, and it was a great test for us especially before Ulster next week.
“I think it was another sell out crowd today and that 16th man gets behind us, on the pitch you can hear it and it really lifts you.
“Those last few minutes when you’re dragging, the crowd shouting really gives you that extra energy in the last ten minutes.”
Head coach Victor Jimenez was delighted with Zebre’s performance:
“Today went very well, the forwards have done a good job and the team took advantage of scoring opportunities. Awesome game by my boys like last week.
“They have confirmed their level and the confidence in the field. Now we are good and we want to finish the season in the best way. We want to compete with all, as always.
“The win against Connacht gave us confidence, we are well on the pitch. We have good players who are doing well. We trained very well in recent weeks, with quality and competitiveness within the squad. ”
Top of the tweets
A landmark game for Tiernan O’Halloran
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) April 7, 2017
Quite the night for the Scannell family in Ireland
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) April 8, 2017
Scarlets had a happy dressing room after their success
— Rob Evans (@Revsprop1) April 8, 2017
The Guinness PRO12 Final takes place on May 27 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Fans can guarantee their place by booking their tickets via www.ticketmaster.ie
Further information: www.pro12rugby.com/final