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Connacht shine as Ospreys soar

By Michael Sadlier

The Ospreys patiently waited until yesterday's last scheduled game to reclaim top spot after they annihilated Edinburgh 62-13 at the Liberty Stadium but, even so, there was still no getting away from the result of the weekend which came on Friday night as Connacht downed their reigning champions Leinster 10-9 in front of a delirious Galway Sportsground crowd.

The western province's third successive win from as many games was all about their greater desire with scrum-half Kieron Marmion's 55th minute try proving decisive, along with Jack Carty's conversion, as coach Pat Lam's men continued their astonishing early season form.

They now sit in third, one point behind Glasgow.

Leinster had only themselves to blame as their collective effort paled alongside Connacht's indomitable will to resist and take their chances against their local rivals who had a strong side out with notables Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden and Devin Toner in their ranks.

After losing out to Edinburgh on the first weekend in front of the Thomond Park faithful, Munster made no mistake on their return to Limerick as Zebre were swept aside 31-5 on Friday night.

Simon Zebo caught the eye with a first half hat-trick of tries and then the Ireland and Lions winger set Andrew Smith on his way for Munster's bonus point score just a few minutes after the restart.

Dave Kilcoyne wrapped up Munster's try fest with touchdown number five near the end while JJ Hanrahan ended up with three conversions.

Meanwhile, Saturday brought two rather large scorelines with Glasgow Warriors making it three wins from three after hammering the Dragons 33-13 at Rodney Parade with Tommy Seymour one of four try scorers while the Scarlets turned bottom side Treviso over to the tune of a whopping 43-0 at Parc y Scarlets.

As for the Ospreys, they ran home nine tries to maintain their winning start to the season, condemning Alan Solomons' side to one of their heaviest ever defeats.

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