Niyi Adeolokun grabs Connacht’s  third try in the  Challenge Cup match against La Rochelle at  Stade Marcel Deflandre. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

La Rochelle 20 Connacht 30Connacht secured the last quarter-final place in this season’s European Challenge Cup with a dramatic finish at Stade Marcel(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid scores his side’s first try against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park. Photograph: Ian Cook / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 13 Leinster 22After a largely forgettable first half of the season for Leinster, the New Year has brought a rejuvenated look to the reig(...)

Ulster skipper Rory Best makes a try-saving tackle on Ospreys’ Dan Evans during the   Guinness Pro12 match at  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Ospreys 31 Ulster 20Something had to give when the league’s best attack faced the top defence and unfortunately for Ulster, it was their tackling that(...)

 Leinster’s Darragh Fanning scores his first  try against Treviso. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama / Inpho

Treviso 24 Leinster 24The physical aches and pains will probably pale when weighed against the mental anguish that the Leinster players will feel in t(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The No 13 debate, and need to fill that void, has been reignited by Matt O’Connor selecting Luke Fitzgerald at outside centre for Sunday’s arduous yet(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin charges over for  a try in last night’s game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7: But for a misplaced pass after a Brian O’Driscoll break Leinster could have had Treviso plucked and stuffed after 2(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: wants  consistency and accountability.

Connacht coach Pat Lam has demanded a radical overhaul of the structure and quality of refereeing in the RaboDirect Pro12. Lam was fuming(...)

Connacht’s Dan Parks kicks.  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The Pro 12 table may not make pretty reading for Pat Lam’s Connacht, but the Kiwi coach is adamant perseverance is the key for his injury-hit squad. W(...)

 Racing’s  Jonathan Sexton prepares to kick at goal watched by Ronan O’Gara during Saturday’s match against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Outhalves Rhys Priestland and Johnny Sexton kicked 16 points apiece as Scarlets and Racing Metro shared the spoils in their Heineken Cup Pool 4 clash (...)