Weekend rugby review

Tommy Bowe scored his fifth Magner’s league try of the season in just 11 games for the Osprey’s as they went down to rivals the Dragon’s while Gareth Steenson had a rare blank day as we look back on the performances of the Irish players abroad.

Starting in the Zurich premiership, Limerick man Tom Hayes played 80 minutes while his club mate Steenson had a rare off day, playing 70 minutes without scoring as Exeter went down 33-12 to Saracen’s at Sandy Park. His replacement, Argentine international, Ignacio Mieres scored a consolation conversion in the final minute to improve the score line slightly.

Steenson’s Exeter side are away to Kyle Tonetti’s Sale this week in what will prove to be a fiery encounter following comments made about the facilities at Edgeley Park by the Exeter chief executive Tony Rowe at the weekend.

Tonetti will hope to feature in that game after missing out in Sale’s 34-20 loss to London Irish. Tonetti has lost his place recently to Andy Tuilagi in the sale centre and will be hopeful he can break back into the team before the end of the season. Bob Casey played 52 minutes for London Irish before coming off for Gary Johnson.

Jeremy Staunton was on the bench for the entire game as Leicester missed the chance to bounce back from their Heineken cup exit at the hands of Leinster with a 41-41 with Gloucester. Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu 80th minute try costing Leicester the points and allowing Saracen’s to close the gap at the top to 2 points.

Elsewhere John Andress played 50 minutes as Harlequins went down 19-15 to Bath while Chris Ashton’s 77th minute try for Northampton gave them a narrow win over Newcastle, James Downey and Roger Wilson both playing the full 80 minutes.

In the Magner’s league Tommy Bowe scored a 58th minute try to start an Ospreys fight back that saw 17 points in 6 minutes however the scores proved not to be enough as the Dragon’s held on for a 32-28 Welsh derby win.

In France, former Connacht player Damian Browne played the second half for Brive as they went down 52-26 away to Biarritz. Brive, who were 28-0 down at half time, managed to add some respectively to the score with 26 second half points.

In the English Championship, Neil Best’s Worcester continued their march into the premiership with an 81-13 demolition of Bristol at the Sixways Stadium. Best, who played the full game, was not amongst the scorers as Worcester ran in 11 tries including 8 in an amazing second half.


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