Ospreys go top, wins for Connacht and Ulster

10:33 PM GMT

Ospreys went top of the PRO12 table with a battling 13-9 away victory against Edinburgh.

Josh Matavesi’s try was the only highlight in a rain-soaked first half, which ended with Ospreys 10-3 ahead, before a further penalty after the break from the excellent Sam Davies extended the visitors’ grip on match.

A pair of second-half penalties from Edinburgh’s Duncan Weir brought the hosts to within four points, but they were unable to capitalise on excellent field position in the closing minutes and succumbed to their fifth consecutive league defeat.

Elsewhere, Connacht made it four PRO12 wins in a row with a 33-3 bonus point dismissal of Zebre at a very muddy Sportsground.

The cold, wet and windy conditions made a mess of general play, but a couple of well-taken tries from Niyi Adeolokun (seven) and Naulia Dawai (25) had Connacht ahead early.

Zebre finshed the game by leaking a fifth score five minutes from the end.

Craig Ronaldson provided the impetus with another quick tap and second row Stevenson bulldozed over to the right of the posts.

In the third PRO12 game of the night, Ulster’s Jared Payne marked his first start for the province since October by scoring a first-half try, but Les Kiss’s side failed to claim a bonus point against Treviso in equally atrocious conditions at the Kingspan Stadium.

Victory earned the hosts a fourth win in a row, but the failure to claim a bonus point saw the province remain in fifth place in the PRO12.

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