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Ospreys go top after seeing off the Blues

As expected the Ospreys made it to the table's summit, as the PRO12 takes a break for two weekends of European action, following yesterday's 26-15 win over Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium.

Dan Biggar led the Ospreys scoring with 16 points from four penalties and the conversions of tries from Rhys Webb and Dan Evans to see the home side open up a three point lead over second-placed Glasgow.

Meanwhile, all four Irish provinces managed to get the right results at the weekend to send them into Europe in good heart with Leinster eventually getting the better of Zebre 20-3 over in Parma.

It wasn't entirely straightforward, though, as the sides were locked together at 3-3 at the break and coach Matt O'Connor must have been wondering if he was going to witness the sort of performance which befell Ulster last month, but his charges managed to recover their poise and second half tries from Ian Madigan and Luke McGrath helped get them the result.

Munster made it back-to-back victories after they saw off the Scarlets 17-6 at Thomond Park with JJ Hanrahan kicking 12 of their total.

The win was the perfect way to follow up the previous week's eye-catching result over interprovincial rivals Leinster and Munster ended up in fourth again at the end of the weekend .

Connacht got back to winning ways on Friday by beating bottom side Benetton Treviso 9-6 in a disjointed encounter which saw the Italians earn their first point of the campaign at the sixth time of asking.

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Craig Ronaldson kicked Pat Lam's men to victory over in Italy, after last week's draw with Cardiff Blues, with three penalties as Connacht ultimately stayed in fifth.

At least Alan Solomons had something to bring him cheer as his Edinburgh side registered only their second victory of the season when they prevailed 24-10 when hosting the Dragons with Tim Visser and Dougie Fife touching down.


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