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The best of the RaboDirect PRO12 round four

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Sep 2012


DTH does the business again for Warriors, George North uses his brain as well as his brawn and Jamie Roberts returns in style – the best of the RaboDirect PRO12 round four.

DTH van der Merwe has been on fire in the RaboDirect PRO12 this season and he demonstrated all his finishing ability with his second score against Connacht on Friday night.
A jinking run from Ruaridh Jackson found full-back Peter Murchie, who burst down the left before feeding the Canadian, who romped into the corner for his fourth try of the season.

There are few more enjoyable sights on a rugby field than watching a prop forward bulldozing his way through the opposition and that’s exactly what happened when Jonny Sexton fed Cian Healy at the RDS on Saturday.
Healy charged his way through the Edinburgh midfield and kept his wits about him to return the ball to Sexton who finished off a fine move to opening the scoring after eight minutes to help Leinster pick up a 22-16 victory.

George North has plenty of brawn but the 20-year-old flyer showed he has brains as well as he earned Scarlets a bonus point against Ospreys.
Neither he nor opponent Tom Isaacs could cleanly claim Rhys Priestland’s cross-kick but while the pair both slid out of play, the ball remained in the in-goal area and North had the presence of mind to get his hands on the ball and claim the try.
Credit must also go to video referee Derek Bevan whose knowledge of the rule book proved spot on.

Warren Gatland will have been pleased to see Wales centre Jamie Roberts make a scoring return to RaboDirect PRO12 action with Cardiff Blues – especially considering the impact he made on the British and Irish Lions’ last tour in 2009.
Elsewhere, Jonny Sexton continued his excellent start to the season with Leinster and while Simon Zebo may have only one Ireland cap to his name, the flying Munster wing showed the threat he poses by scoring a try and making two others against the Dragons. Another good season could yet see him on the plane to Australia.