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Judgement Day V: The top performers in Wales this season

The four Welsh sides head to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday for Judgement Day V in the Guinness PRO12 and it’s set to be another huge occasion.

Cardiff Blues kick off the afternoon when they face third-placed Ospreys before Newport Gwent Dragons take on Scarlets who are also inside the top four.

Ospreys sit two points clear of Scarlets, with both clubs in strong contention for a place in the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals with three rounds remaining of the regular season.

And ahead of Judgement Day V, we’ve been taking a look at some of the players who have been putting in performances week in, week out for the four Welsh clubs in the 19 rounds we’ve enjoyed so far.

15. Dan Evans (Ospreys)

One of only two Ospreys players to feature in every match, Evans has an impeccable record. He has scored five tries and gained 1296 metres and made 186 carries. It is clear to see how vital he has been to their strong campaign so far this season.

14. Steffan Evans (Scarlets)

Scarlets have been aided in their push for a top four place by Steffan Evans’ eight tries – the joint second most in the competition. In addition to that impressive tally, he has beaten 49 defenders across the season and gained over a thousand metres for his side.

13. Steve Shingler (Cardiff Blues)

As the leading top scorer (128 points) in the Guinness PRO12, Steve Shingler has had a great season to date. He has a kick percentage of over 75 per cent from the tee after slotting 25 conversions and 21 penalties for the Blues to date. But Shingler has proven to be an invaluable asset with ball in hand as well scoring three tries.

12. Josh Matavesi (Ospreys)

Fijian Josh Matavesi has started all 17 league matches in which he has featured this season, gaining more metres than any of his fellow centres. In two matches he’s taken on the kicking duties, slotting six conversions but more importantly has touched down on three occasions and beaten 32 defenders.

11. Tom James (Cardiff Blues)

Tom James is the Blues’ leading try scorer this season, going over six times with more clean breaks (22) than any of his teammates. He has been a crucial attacking threat on the wing, beating 29 defenders in his 14 appearances.

10. Sam Davies (Ospreys)

Sam Davies’ kicking is unmatched by any other player across the four Welsh clubs this season. The Welsh international has missed only six kicks from 47 putting him second in the race to the Rhino Golden Boot. He also has a perfect penalty record in his 13 matches. His eight conversions against Zebre in September remains the most in a match in 2016/17.

9. Tom Habberfield (Ospreys)

Tom Habberfield is yet to miss a match this season and it is easy to see why. He has completed 952 passes, the second most by a scrum half playing in Wales and made 76 tackles whilst gaining 323 metres in attack. The 24-year-old also has two tries to his name.

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1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets)

As one of only two Scarlets players to have not missed a match, Jones has been a rock in the Scarlets scrum. He’s also got around the park, making 111 tackles to ensure he remains at the forefront of head coach Wayne Pivac’s plans.

2. Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues)

Dacey has completed more tackles (168) and made more carries (160) than any other hooker this season in his 16 appearances. The 27-year-old has four tries, topped only at the Blues by winger James.

3. Brok Harris (Newport Gwent Dragons)

With 144, Brok Harris has made more tackles than any other prop in the Guinness PRO12. The South African has missed just two matches this season and has become an important performer in the Kingsley Jones’ squad.

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4. Lloyd Ashley (Ospreys)

Ashley has a strong record this season, with 129 tackles from his 16 appearances. He has proven himself to be more than just a useful and reliable lock amongst the Osprey ranks.

5. Rynard Landman (Newport Gwent Dragons)

South African Landman has made more tackles than any other lock playing for one of the four Welsh sides with 140. He has won 40 of his own lineouts this season and has three tries, the joint second most at Newport Gwent Dragons.

6. James Davies (Scarlets)

Winning more turnovers (26) than any other Guinness PRO12 player this season, Davies has become a reliable asset for Scarlets. The 26-year-old has made more tackles (204) than any of his teammates and has two tries.


7. Olly Cracknell (Ospreys)

Olly Cracknell has made more tackles than any other Ospreys player this campaign with 165, accompanied by 185 clean breaks. He has been a dominant force in the flanker role and has played an important part in their quest for a semi-final spot.

8. Lewis Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons)

Having missed just one match, Lewis Evans has been a powerhouse at number eight this season, completing the most tackles (210) across the Welsh regions. He has also made more carries (180) than any other player in his position.

The Guinness PRO12 Final takes place on May 27 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. 
Fans can guarantee their place by booking their tickets via www.ticketmaster.ie

Further information: www.pro12rugby.com/final