Guinness PRO14 top tries of the week: Round 6

Paul Eddison
10 October 2017

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Round 6 of the Guinness PRO14 is in the books and just ahead of the European break teams across the league were showing their attacking prowess.

This week’s tries of the week come from Italy, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with attacking intent present across the seven games.

Matthew Morgan – Cardiff Blues v Dragons

The Dragons might have dominated the first half of the game at the BT Sports Cardiff Arms Park but in the second it was all the home side.

Having overhauled a sizable deficit, the Blues led 36-24 with eight minutes remaining, when they got a penalty about 30 metres from their own line.

Replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams chose to tap and go and after racing up to halfway, he found Matthew Morgan outside him, with the diminutive full-back having too much pace for Ollie Griffiths as he coasted home for his second try in the 43-29 success.

Angelo Esposito – Benetton Rugby v Southern Kings

Benetton Rugby had won two of their last three games heading into this encounter with the Southern Kings and they underlined their form with a bonus-point success at the Stadio Monigo.

Leading 19-3 with five minutes remaining, all that remained for Benetton to do was run in a fourth try for maximum points.

Set up inside the Kings 22, the ball was recycled for Ian McKinley, called up on Tuesday to Italy’s squad for the November Tests, to spread the ball wide to Angelo Esposito.

The winger did the rest, powering through three tackles to reach over to score his second of the game.

Benetton went on to win 31-3 thanks to Cherif Traore’s last-second try.

Stuart McInally – Edinburgh v Zebre

He might play hooker these days but when he first broke onto the scene Stuart McInally was a marauding openside flanker.

He showed all his speed and athleticism on Friday night against Zebre, collecting a ball inside his own half as Edinburgh countered.

Spotting a gap, he shrugged off a couple of tackles to sprint into open space in the Zebre half.

With just Carlo Canna in front of him, he had the speed to beat the fly-half’s attempt to cover back and sprinted over for the try.

In a game that was won by a single point by Richard Cockerill’s side, McInally’s stunner was a matchwinner.

George Gasson – Dragons v Cardiff Blues

Wales Under-20s winger George Gasson scored the Dragons’ third try just after the hour against Cardiff Blues, but the score was all about his international teammate Tyler Morgan.

Showing plenty of daring to run the ball back from deep, the Dragons spread wide to Morgan who had a lot to do to get away.

Using the man outside him, he ran at the gap between Alex Cuthbert and Willis Halaholo, taking the ball from his own 22 to deep inside the Blues’ 22.

He then beat last man Rhun Williams, and while Cuthbert had just got back to scrag him, Gasson was on hand to take the offload and jog over for the try.

Jacob Stockdale – Ulster v Connacht

Ulster and Connacht played out a hard-fought derby on Friday evening in Belfast, and in the end it took a bit of magic from Jacob Stockdale and Charles Piutau to eventually open up the visiting defence.

It had looked as though it might be Connacht who would regain the lead just before the hour when they counter-attacked and Matt Healy got away down the left.

He tried a little chip over Piutau but the full-back got back, collected the ball and set off in the other direction.

He then found Stockdale, who made 20 metres, returned the ball to Piutau and then with just one man to beat he fed his winger once again for the try.

On a night where defences were on top, that proved to be the crucial score in a 16-8 success for the home side.

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