Glory for Connacht and Leinster :despair for Munster

Jack Carty was the hero for Connacht as they kept their European hopes alive last night. A try and a last gasp conversion from Carty in injury time secured a dramatic 20-18 victory at the Sportsground. Naulia Dawai scored on his debut to level matters.

Connacht are now in a three-way tie at the top of Pool Two with Toulouse and Wasps.

Munster missed the chance to retake the lead in Pool 1. They lost 18-16 to Leicester in a thrilling tie at Welford Road A Niall Scannell try and a conversion and three penalties from Tyler Bleyendaal gave Munster the lead.

But Owen Williams kicked a late, long-range penalty to secure victory for Leicester who bounced back from last week’s 38-0 defeat at Thomond Park.

Leinster remain on course for a European Champions Cup knockout spot. It’s after a nine-try 60-13 victory over Northampton at the Aviva Stadum last night. Adam Byrne’s second try and scores from Luke McGrath and Sean O’Brien saw Leinster move 29-13 ahead by the break.

Isa Nacewa scored two tries while Tadhg Furlong, Sean Cronin and Rory O’Loughlin added further tries for Leinster who inflicted a record European defeat on Northampton.