Guinness PRO14 Fantasy Rugby wrap: Round Eight

Charlie Peat
06 November 2017

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Fly-half JJ Hanrahan was in scintillating form for Munster as his four assists and seven conversions fired him to the top of the Guinness PRO14 Fantasy Rugby scoring charts.

Round Eight saw plenty of tries and no shortage of drama as Munster, Glasgow Warriors and Ulster dominated the fantasy team of the week.

Darren Sweetnam’s try and two assists for Munster against the Dragons sees him slot into one of the back three positions alongside the Southern Kings’ Yaw Penxe and Ulster’s Louis Ludik.

Penxe’s two tries almost inspired the Kings to their maiden Guinness PRO14 win but Ludlik’s two assists helped Ulster fight back in Port Elizabeth.

Berton Klaasen’s brace helped him to 13 fantasy points and he links up with Nick Gligg, who notched up two scores and 10 tackles to help Glasgow Warriors to victory.

Player of the week Hanrahan is joined by last week’s top-scorer George Thorne in the midfield – he delivered another consistent display, crashing over twice as the Warriors maintained their perfect start to the season.

All three front-rowers managed to get themselves on the scoresheet in Round Eight but only two walked away with victories this week.

In a 12-try thriller in South Africa, John Andrew helped inspire a stirring comeback for Ulster as his two scores either side of half-time helped the province edge out the Southern Kings.

Tom McCartney’s second-half try and assist for speedster Niyi Adeolokun ultimately proved decisive as Connacht brushed Toyota Cheetahs aside.

McCartney went over eight minutes into the second half after good work from Adeolokun as the hooker plundered 13 fantasy points to make the team of the week.

They are joined by Moldovan Dimitri Arhip, whose try was mere consolation for the Ospreys as they were beaten 37-10 by Edinburgh Rugby.

Reniel Hugo and Warriors’ Tim Swinson make up the second row as the 30-year-old Scot stole two lineouts and made ten tackles at Scotstoun.

A man of the match performance from Ulster’s Sean Reidy, who applied the finishing touch a sweeping attack, sees him slot into the back row.

The No.8 is accompanied Cornell Du Preez, who also picked up a man-of-the-match award for Edinburgh, as well as Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue.

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