Munster maintain impressive record
Munster extended their unbeaten home record in this season's Magners League to 11 matches with a deserved 22-6 victory over Connacht.
Simon Zebo and Alan Quinlan grabbed first half tries for the table-toppers and Doug Howlett added the third in the 75th minute.
Ian Keatley, who has signed to join Munster, kicked two penalties in his final appearance for a game but limited Connacht side. Having got over their disappointing European exit, Munster will host last season's champions the Ospreys in next weekend's league semi-finals.
James Hook's penalty four minutes from time completed a dramatic 12-10 come-from-behind victory for Ospreys against Aironi Rugby and booked their place in the play-offs.
Ulster set up a semi-final clash with Heineken Cup finalists Leinster after finishing the regular season with a 20-13 win on Welsh soil over Newport Gwent Dragons.
The Northern Irishmen needed Glasgow Warriors to do them a favour in the final round of matches in order for them to secure a home tie in the play-offs.
Glasgow were duly were duly thumped 38-3 by Leinster to scupper those hopes, but Ulster at least upheld their end of the deal as they ran in three tries without response by half-time to set themselves on the way to victory. Dangerman Nevin Spence was the source of two tries, the first an excellent solo effort from 40 metres, while Pedrie Wannenberg added the third.
Leinster ran four tries past Glasgow in the closing 25 minutes to secure the victory which gives them home advantage.
Glasgow were only 6-3 adrift at half-time, but tries from Shane Horgan, Gordon D'Arcy, Dominic Ryan and Kevin McLaughlin gave Leinster a resounding bonus point win. Man of the match Fergus McFadden kicked 18 points, with Glasgow out-half Duncan Weir landing a seventh minute penalty for the visitors.
The Scarlets secured a 38-23 bonus point victory over the Blues at Parc y Scarlets but failed in their bid to make it into the Magners League play-offs, while Edinburgh's interim head coach Nick Scrivener failed to inspire the send-off he required from his side as the Scots finished their Magners League campaign with a 31-6 defeat at Benetton Treviso.
Date published : 06 May 201122:30:05