More success for Lam's Connacht

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    31 Jan 2016     Getty Images

They thrashed Wayne Pivac's Llanelli Scarlets 30-17 by taking early control of the scrums and never letting up. Ironically, the Scarlets lead the competition because of a superior win count.

New Zealand-born flanker Jake Heenan scored two tries for Connacht while Ulster picked up a bonus point in their 32-13 win over Treviso. Former Taranaki and Highlanders player Jayden Hayward landed a conversion and two penalty goals for Treviso.

Munster, who included former All Blacks and Blues centre Francis Saili, played out a tough 16-12 win over Zebre, with only a dropped goal achieved in the second half. All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina was used as a second half substitute by the Italian side.

Leicester needed a last-minute try to quell a determined Gloucester effort and claim a 19-18 win at home in the English Premiership while Dan Bowden's return to the Bath midfield couldn't prevent it going down to Saracens 13-19.

In France, Racing 92 remained on top of the Top 14 table after a 26-3 win over Oyonnax. Former All Blacks first five-eighths Dan Carter scored his first try for the club when gathering in a cross-kick and landed three conversions in the win.

Former Chiefs and Hawke's Bay prop Sona Taumalolo found himself send off after a fight in his side Grenoble's 33-27 win over Agen. Taumalolo was in a fight with Agen's Remy Vaquin and both players were sent off after the TMO saw the evidence.

Former All Black, Crusaders and Highlanders utility back Colin Slade landed a penalty goal for Pau but he and fellow All Black Conrad Smith were on the receiving end of a 3-54 loss to Toulouse.

After Sunday's games the Top 14 takes a two-week break as the Six Nations gets underway.