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Fantasy Rugby – Round 10 wrap

Charlie Talbot-Smith

4 Dec 2017

Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14 was packed full of drama.

Glasgow Warriors made it a perfect ten wins from ten, Ulster and the Dragons played out a dramatic draw and Zebre downed Connacht for an impressive victory.

Elsewhere there were victories for Edinburgh at the Southern Kings but the Cheetahs downed the Scarlets and Leinster and Munster both claimed comfortable bonus points.

And when it came to Fantasy Rugby, there were a number of eye-catching displays.

Find out who turned on the style and think about changes for your teams ahead of round 11 returning after Europe.

LOWE’S DEBUT TO REMEMBER

Leinster have had to wait a long time to see James Lowe strut his stuff in blue – but it was worth it.

The Kiwi winger was sublime against Benetton Rugby and could be a key Fantasy player moving forward.

He can play across the back three, crossed for two tries and made another, played the full 80 minutes, ran for over 50m and scooped the man of the match award.

That left him with a whopping 22-point haul – the joint highest on the weekend.

Elswhere in the back three Ashton Hewitt and Craig Gilroy played out a memorable duel at Rodney Parade.

Both wingers bagged try doubles, ran for over 50m and ended up with 14 points apiece.

It was a quieter week for centres in Fantasy this week, although the Irish trio of Tom Farrell, Rory Scannell and Sam Arnold all crossed for tries.

SAM’S LATE SHOW

But in the half-backs there was one name that stood out, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was only on the pitch for 23 minutes but packed a lot in.

The Scotland scrum-half came off the bench for Edinburgh and ran in three tries and an assist, kicked three conversions and racked up 22 points at almost a Fantasy point per minute on the pitch.

Luke McGrath for Leinster scored a try and made two others for 14 points – in any other week that would have made him the top No.9.

While out of the fly-halves, the returning Peter Horne pulled the strings for Glasgow as they downed the Blues to make it ten from ten, Horne crossed for two tries, played the full 80 minutes and added five conversions for a 14-point haul.

UP FRONT

In the front row two hookers impressed – Rhys Marshall of Munster and Liam Belcher of the Dragons.

Belcher grabbed 12 points in all – he scored a try, made double figures for tackles and played the full 80.

Rhys Marshall also scored a try and claimed the man of the match award as Munster downed the Ospreys.

In the second row Macauley Cook shone for the Blues in a losing effort.

The lock scored the first try of the game and then set about his defensive work with gusto – making 22 tackles in all.

Meanwhile Grant Gilchrist scored a try and played the full 80 minutes in Bloemfontein for Edinburgh while in the back row a couple of opensides caught the eye.

James Davies is back fit and firing for the Scarlets and he racked up 13 points despite their defeat.

He played the full 80 minutes, scored a try, made double figures for tackles and ran for more than 50m with ball in hand.

Meanwhile Munster’s new signing Chris Cloete continues to impress with a try, ten tackles and a full 80-minute showing.

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