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Guinness PRO14 Top Plays of the Week: Round Eight

Rich Dore

8 Nov 2017

A certain bunch of flying Scotsmen stole the headlines in Round Eight of the Guinness PRO14 as Glasgow Warriors maintained their perfect start to the season.

Dave Rennie’s side downed Leinster Rugby 31-21 in an impressive performance in Scotland and they feature in our top three plays of the week, as do national counterparts Edinburgh Rugby.

But there’s absolutely no surprise that our first highlight springs out of a rip-roaring match in South Africa that saw the Southern Kings and Ulster go blow-for-blow before the Irish province triumphed.

Sean Reidy – Southern Kings v Ulster

With the South African side having already scored two tries the Ulstermen showed they weren’t afraid to play, running the ball from their own five-metre line courtesy of Christian Lealiifano and Charles Piutau.

The Australian fly-half got his hands on the ball for a second time before scrum-half John Cooney and Andrew Trimble got involved in a length-of-the-field effort.

With a scrambling defence the gaps often appear out wide, Ulster seemed to spot the opportunity and Louis Ludik passed the ball out to No.8 Sean Reidy – who barrelled his way through a pair of tackles to finish off an unbelievable effort.

George Horne – Glasgow Warriors v Leinster Rugby

Our second play of the week also came to pass early in a game as Glasgow Warriors looked to get back on even terms with Leinster, who were leading 7-0 at Scotstoun.

So often the creator, Niko Matawalu found a gap in the back-tracking Leinster defence before offloading to George Turner who in turn fed scrum-half George Horne for a crucial score.

Nathan Fowles – Ospreys v Edinburgh Rugby

And last but by no means least there was no ignoring a magic moment from Edinburgh’s 37-10 victory over Ospreys on Saturday evening.

Initiated from a scything line taken by James Johnstone, full-back Blair Kinghorn soon got involved before passing back to Johnstone – the centre then forwarding on to Nathan Fowles who had enough gas left in the tank to go in under the posts.

The try was made all the more special as it came at a time when the Scottish side appeared to be going nowhere with the ball, and took the game away from the Ospreys who never seemed to recover.

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