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Hanrahan the fall guy for Munster

Glasgow Warriors 21 Munster 18
We’re heading into pantomime season so there was a bit of cruel timing in JJ Hanrahan appearing to be both the hero and the villain as Munster’s five-match winning run in the Pro12 was brought to a halt at Scotstoun.

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Lansdowne becoming ‘tough nut to crack’

Lansdowne 16 St Mary’s 10
Mike Ruddock said Lansdowne have become a "tough nut to crack" after watching his side survive a fierce late onslaught from St Mary’s to climb to the summit of Division 1A.

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Ulster outplayed as Ospreys go top

Ospreys 31 Ulster 20
Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb crossed twice as Ospreys went top of the Guinness Pro 12 with a bonus point victory over Ulster at the Liberty Stadium.

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Relief for Galthie as Montpellier win

The pressure eased slightly on coach Fabien Galthie as Montpellier ended a run of seven successive defeats with a thrilling 23-20 victory over Toulouse in their Top 14 clash on Saturday.

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EVASIVE ACTION: UCD's Garry Ringrose is tackled by Terenure's Kyle McCoy during their Ulster Bank League Division 1A game. Picture: Sportsfile

Terenure’s mid term woes continue as UCD dominate eight-try thriller

Terenure College’s mid-season slump continued at Lakelands Park on Saturday as they were outgunned 33-24 by UCD in an eight-try Ulster Bank League thriller.

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Sarries keeping ear out for Irish accents

Rugby fans "with an Irish accent" seeking club tickets to Munster’s crucial Champions Cup clash at Saracens next month "will be treated with suspicion", the Aviva Premiership club has declared.

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Pienaar badly missed

If there is one person Ulster have missed more than any other during an injury-plagued 2014, it has been their cultured scrum-half Ruan Pienaar.

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Derby joy for Leinster

Leinster 21 Connacht 11
Expectations that this offered Connacht a rare chance of victory in Dublin were franked by events in Ballsbridge last night, but Leinster did just enough to fend off their provincial cousins in a thoroughly enjoyable Guinness Pro12 Christmas meeting.

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Reds and Warriors braced for battle

Glasgow Warriors and Munster are in the same frame of mind going into today’s top of the table Guinness Pro 12 encounter at Scotstoun, kick-off 2.40.

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Con hold out to keep top four hopes alive

Cork Constitution 17 Dolphin 6
Heartbreak for Dolphin at Temple Hill as Constitution kept their Top Four hopes of qualifying for the Ulster Bank League semi finals alive with a backs to the wall performance.

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Garryowen charge back into promotion race

Shannon 17 Garryowen 34
Third- placed Garryowen fought their way back into the promotion race in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League at Thomond Park last night when beating Limerick rivals Shannon.

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Munster face D-Day at Sarries

The outcome of the lunchtime clash with last year’s beaten finalists Saracens on their all-weather pitch on Saturday, January 17 will decided Munster’s fate in the European Champions Cup.

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