GALLERY: Guinness PRO12 wins for Leinster and Munster

Munster cruised to victory against Zebre while Leinster found things to be a bit more difficult in the RDS

Man-of-the-match Rhys Ruddock.

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There were Guinness PRO 12 wins for Leinster and Munster today.

The southern province got the action started in Italy, where they recorded a routine victory over Zebre. James Cronin announced his return from injury with two tries after his introduction, while Ronan O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell, Rory and Niall Scannell, all crossed over to help Munster to a comfortable 50-14 win.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Leinster held on for a one-point win against the Cardiff Blues. An early Dan Leavy try followed by a Ross Byrne conversion appeared to set up a strong platform for Leinster but the Blues responded with a try through Tomos Williams and a conversion from Steven Shingler.

The hosts nudged themselves back in front again, through a Luke McGrath try to put them 14-7 ahead at the break. A second Williams try and Shingler conversion equallised matters again before Ross Byrne reclaimed the lead for Leinster with a penalty.

Cardiff slipped in front through a Sion Bennett try, but just when it looked like Leinster might be beaten in their back yard, second row Ross Molony lunged over to register Leinster's third try of the day.

It took some TMO approval to get the points on the board, but it put them 22-21 in front with time running out. Cardiff came charging back but captain Isa Nacewa made a crucial tackle to see his side hold on for the win, and maintain their spot at the top of the Guinness PRO 12 table.

Here's some of the best images of the two fixtures:

Zebre 14-50 Munster 

Image: Munster's Peter O'Mahony controls the ball at the line-out.

Image: Billy Holland scrambles over for a try. 

 

 Image: Tommy O'Donnell crossing over for a try.

Image: Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal about to take a kick.

Image: Some of the Munster players.

Image: Munster's Dave O’Callaghan claims a line-out.

 Leinster 22-21 Cardiff Blues

Image: Cardiff Blues' Tomos Williams about to offload the ball.

Image: Leinster’s Tom Daly with his eyes on the ball.

Image: Leinster's Ross Molony after scoring his side's third try.

Image:  Rory O’Loughlin in flight for Leinster.

Image: Cardiff Blues' Nick Williams tackled by Leinster’s Noel Reid and Ross Byrne.

Image: Blaine Scully evades the challenge of Rory O'Loughlin. 

Image: Steve Shingler and Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin.