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Leinster spoil Best return as Treviso stun Cheetahs

By Nicholas McGee
Jordan Larmour scores one of his two tries for Leinster against Ulster

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Rory Best’s Ulster return was spoiled as Leinster claimed an emphatic victory in a battle of Pro14 Group B heavyweights.

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Captain Best made his comeback from an ankle injury that had kept him out since the start of December, but Ulster never looked like marking it with a victory as Leinster ran out 38-7 winners.

Doubles from Jordan Larmour, and Fergus McFadden and tries from Barry Daly and Johnny Sexton ensured a bonus-point victory for second-placed Leinster, who are now 11 points ahead of third-placed Ulster.

Treviso shocked Cheetahs with a 27-21 win that marked the Italian side’s sixth Pro14 win of the season. The South Africans, who had Torsten van Jaarsveld and Shaun Venter sin-binned in the second half, suffering defeat as Epalahame Faiva’s second try 12 minutes from time settled the contest.

Runaway Group A leaders Glasgow Warriors easily beat Zebre 40-20, Matt Fagerson scoring the first of their six tries in the week his brother and team-mate Zander was ruled out for eight weeks.

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Munster, second in Group A ahead of Cheetahs, responded to successive defeats in style by crushing Connacht 39-13, running in five tries including a Conor Murray double.

Elsewhere, Ospreys held off a late rally from Cardiff Blues in which they scored two converted tries in the last 10 minutes to record a narrow 29-28 victory over their Welsh rivals.

 

 

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