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Bundee Aki’s first attempt of the season helped Connacht win only the second time over Munster in 10 games; Johnny McNicholl’s double win for Scarlets over Ospreys

Last updated: 01/01/22 20:10


Bundee Aki’s try helped Connacht win against Munster in the United Rugby Championship

We summarize the action of Saturday’s two games in the United Rugby Championship as Connacht managed to win a rare victory over Munster and Scarlets defeated Ospreys in the all-Welsh showdown …

Connacht 10-8 Munster

Bundee Aki’s first attempt of the season saw Connacht win a cantankerous URC race as he beat Munster at the Sportsground.

Andrew Conway’s opportunist try in the 22nd minute put Munster up 8-3 at half-time, with Connacht’s Oisin Dowling trailing late.

It was Munster’s first URC outing since October and some half-time pushes saw referee Chris Busby show yellow cards to Shane Delahunt and Ben Healy.

Chris Farrell’s yellow for a dangerous 56th-minute tackle on Connacht substitute Tom Farrell could have been a red.

Connacht quelled frustration by pushing Aki to the hour limit, with the crucial conversion of substitute Conor Fitzgerald taking only his second win in 10 games against Munster.

Scarlets 22-19 Osprey

Johnny McNicholl scored two tries in the last quarter to earn a Scarlets win over Ospreys in a hard-fought Welsh derby played behind closed doors in Llanelli.

Due to the Covid-related postponements, it was the Scarlets’ first appearance on the pitch since October 22 and their determination was rewarded with a McNicholl winning try three minutes from time.

Gareth Davies and Steff Evans also scored goals for the Scarlets, with Dan Jones adding a conversion.

Rhys Webb landed twice for the Ospreys on either side of a Luke Morgan try, while Josh Thomas kicked two conversions.

However, the Scarlets took a hard hit when flanker Josh Macleod was forced to leave the pitch in what was his first game since breaking his Achilles tendon in February.

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