Ulster beat Benetton Treviso 32-13 in Pro 12 clash
Stuart Olding scored a try on his return to action for Ulster as they secured a bonus-point 32-13 Guinness Pro12 victory over Benetton Treviso at the Stadio Monigo.
Flanker Sean Reidy, centre Darren Cave and winger Rory Scholes crossed before Olding went over for the crucial fourth try in a clinical second-half performance from the Irish province that kept them in the play-off hunt.
In a tight first half Ian Humphreys kicked two penalties for Ulster with Jayden Hayward adding one of his own for the hosts to send the visitors into the break 6-3 up.
Hayward levelled the scores 10 minutes after the interval but from there Ulster took control of the match.
Reidy was the first to breach the Treviso defence when strong work from the forwards allowed him to burrow over from close range and Humphreys made no mistake with the conversion.
Cave went over soon after with another try created by forward pressure in the Treviso 22. The Ireland centre took a short pass from scrum-half Paul Marshall to scoot over and Humphreys again converted.
Scholes incepted a loose pass from Sam Christie to run half the length of the field to score with Olding converting before another spell of Ulster forward pressure saw the ball spun wide for Olding to cross.
Braam Steyn scored a late consolation for Treviso when he picked the ball up from the back of the maul to dot down and Hayward added the extras.
Benetton Treviso (3) 13 Ulster (6) 32
Benetton Treviso: Tries: Steyn. Cons: Hayward. Pens: Hayward 2.
Benetton Treviso: Hayward, Nitoglia, Bacchin, Sgarbi, Iannone,
Christie, Lucchese, de Marchi, Santamaria, Ferrari, Paulo,
Palmer, De Marchi, Lazzaroni, Barbieri.
Replacements: Ragusi for Nitoglia (58),
Pratichetti for Bacchin (68), Steyn for Sgarbi (58),
Ambrosini for Lucchese (66), Traore for de Marchi (58),
Filippetto for Ferrari (42), Montauriol for Palmer (63).
Not Used: Bigi.
Ulster: Tries: Reidy, Cave, Scholes, Olding.
Cons: Humphreys 2, Olding. Pens: Humphreys 2.
Ulster: Ludik, Scholes, Cave, Olding, Gilroy, Humphreys,
P. Marshall, Black, Herring, Lutton, O'Connor, van der Merwe,
C. Ross, Reidy, Wilson.
Replacements: Stockdale for Gilroy (72),
L. Marshall for Humphreys (60), Shanahan for P. Marshall (73),
Andrew for Herring (72), B. Ross for Lutton (62),
Browne for O'Connor (62).
Not Used: Warwick, Diack.
Ref: Ian Davies (Wales).
Cardiff Blues (10) 10 Edinburgh (3) 3
Cardiff Blues: Tries: Fish. Cons: Patchell. Pens: Patchell.
Cardiff Blues: Fish, Scully, Lee-Lo, G. Evans, Summerhill,
Patchell, Knoyle, T. Davies, Rees, Ma'afu, Hoeata, Down,
E. Jenkins, Navidi, Vosawai.
Replacements: T. Williams for Knoyle (61),
Thyer for T. Davies (71), E. Lewis for Rees (67),
D. Lewis for Ma'afu (47).
Not Used: Cook, Groves, J. Evans, Benham.
Edinburgh: Pens: Fowles.
Edinburgh: Tonks, Fife, Allen, Strauss, Brown, Burleigh,
Fowles, Sutherland, Cochrane, Andress, A. Toolis, Coman,
Ritchie, Watson, Du Preez.
Replacements: Helu for Strauss (45), Kennedy for Fowles (71),
McInally for Cochrane (62), Berghan for Andress (64).
Not Used: Dell, Bradbury, Turner, Kinghorn.
Sin Bin: Sutherland (54).
Ref: David Wilkinson (Ireland).
Connacht (13) 30 Scarlets (0) 17
Connacht: Tries: Heenan 2, Buckley, Ah You. Cons: Carty 2.
Pens: Carty 2.
Connacht: O'Halloran, Poolman, Henshaw, Aki, Healy, Carty,
Blade, Buckley, McCartney, Bealham, Naoupu, Muldowney, Muldoon,
Replacements: Ronaldson for Carty (65), Porter for Blade (76),
Loughney for Buckley (66), Heffernan for McCartney (65),
Ah You for Bealham (61), Dillane for Naoupu (57),
Connolly for Heenan (65).
Not Used: Parata.
Sin Bin: Heffernan (80).
Scarlets: Tries: van der Merwe, Owen. Cons: Thomas 2.
Scarlets: L. Williams, T. Williams, Owen, Parkes,
van der Merwe, Thomas, R. Williams, John, Elias, R. Jones,
Price, Rawlins, A. Shingler, Boyle, Allen.
Replacements: Collins for L. Williams (61),
S. Shingler for Owen (65), Myhill for Elias (65),
Edwards for R. Jones (35), J. Jones for Rawlins (74).
Not Used: D. Evans, T. Phillips, Lloyd.
Sin Bin: John (46), Price (49).
Ref: Ben Whitehouse (Wales).
Zebre (12) 12 Munster (13) 16
Zebre: Pens: Haimona 4.
Zebre: Van Zyl, Berryman, Boni, Pratichetti, Visentin, Haimona,
Burgess, De Marchi, Fabiani, Ceccarelli, Koegelenberg,
Bortolami, Caffini, Meyer, Cook.
Replacements: Beyers for Boni (73),
Postiglioni for De Marchi (40), Roan for Ceccarelli (62),
Ruzza for Koegelenberg (66), Cristiano for Caffini (71).
Not Used: Coria Marchetti, Toniolatti, Muliaina.
Sin Bin: Fabiani (32).
Munster: Tries: Chisholm. Cons: Keatley. Pens: Keatley 2.
Drop Goals: Keatley.
Munster: Conway, Sweetnam, Saili, R. Scannell, R. O'Mahony,
Keatley, O'Leary, Cronin, N. Scannell, J. Ryan, Foley,
Chisholm, B. Holland, O'Donoghue, Copeland.
Replacements: van den Heever for R. O'Mahony (74),
Williams for O'Leary (49), Kilcoyne for Cronin (59),
Sherry for N. Scannell (59), Sagario for J. Ryan (66),
Buckley for Foley (71), D. O'Callaghan for O'Donoghue (40).
Not Used: Bohane.
Sin Bin: D. O'Callaghan (47).
Ref: Dudley Phillips (Ireland).