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Underdogs Prevail In PRO12

In an interesting, and frankly quite weird, turn of events, the underdogs of the Friday night’s PRO12 matchups have taken the victories; call-ups for the Autumn Internationals clearly taking their toll.

First on the match card was Connacht and Dragons in Rodney Parade. Dragons emerged successful with a 21-16 win against last season’s champions. A dreadful performance from Connacht throughout the game allowed Dragons to score two tries courtesy of Ashton Hewitt early in both halves and two drop goals and a penalty from Angus O’Brien to put Dragons just out of Connacht’s reach. Connacht tried to claw back a victory near the end but a try from Niyi Adeolokun and a scatter of kicks from Jack Carty meant only a losing bonus point for the champions.

Next up was Cardiff Blues and Treviso. Treviso very nearly pulled off the underdog ace for this evening’s games but were unable to keep up the tempo in the second half. Treviso looked to be on top, their hard work allowing them to go to the break 21-13 in front, but Cardiff took back the reins in the second half. Tries from Macauley Cook and Willis Halaholo along with a few kicks from Steve Shingler put Cardiff back in the lead for them to see out the game as victors with a final score of 34-28.

While both Munster and Ospreys have been hit hard from the calls to international duty, Ospreys seemed to have fared the worse of the two. Munster held their Welsh opposition from a score all evening. Munster continued their newly found form to run in five tries for a bonus point victory. Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O’Mahony, and Robin Copeland all scored a try a piece with Dave Kilcoyne running in two. Tyler Bleyendaal converted all but one try to finish the game 33-0.

Lastly, Edinburgh saw off Ulster for only their third win of the season. Aside from a penalty in the 25th minute from Ruan Pienaar, Edinburgh had done all they needed to do to secure a win before Ulster could get any more points on the board. Tries from Viliame Mata, Damian Hoyland, and Magnus Bradbury along with kicks from Jason Tovey, Duncan Weir and Blair Kinghorn racked up a score of 28 points. Late consolation tries from Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale and Aaron Cairns finished the game 28-17 to Edinburgh.

If today’s games are anything to go by, both Leinster and Glasgow supporters should be worried for the outcomes of tomorrow afternoon’s games.