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Guinness PRO14 top tries of the week: Round 10

Daniel Barnes

5 Dec 2017

Not all tries are created equal but in Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14, there were a raft of scores straight from the top shelf.

We’ve taken a look at the five best scores from another unforgettable round of the Guinness PRO14 action, with our round-up featuring flowing team moves, ingenious artistry and individual brilliance.

Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre v Connacht)

As Zebre sealed their third victory of the season against Connacht, they finished with a flourish, winger Giovanbattista Venditti adding gloss to the scoreline with his team’s final try of the game.

After a turning over possession, the Italians embarked on a mesmerising move upfield and despite Zebre allowing their visitors to get a hand on the ball, it bounced back into the hands of Venditti.

The 27-year-old jinked and gave two players the slip before crashing over for one of Round 10’s most spectacular scores.

Watch the top five tries of the week below

Craig Gilroy (Dragons v Ulster)

Craig Gilroy went over twice as Ulster played out a thrilling 32-32 draw with the Dragons and his opening score was a real hair-raiser.

In the 10th minute, the Irish side superbly worked the ball through a clutch of hands, with Charles Piatau and John Andrew heavily involved in releasing Gilroy down the right flank.

Winger Gilroy still had work to do but he turned on the afterburners and held off a despairing challenge before blazing over the line to make it 8-0.

Angus O’Brien (Dragons v Ulster)

Dragons full-back Angus O’Brien played his part in the grandstand finish his team and Ulster served up with the third-from-last try of the game.

He brought his team back to 25-27 by timing his arrival perfectly after Gavin Henson and Jack Dixon had got the hosts motoring upfield.

Jared Rosser was halted with yards to go but ingeniously popped the ball backwards at the crucial moment, allowing O’Brien to collect and crash over the line in one movement.

Craig Barry (Toyota Cheetahs v Scarlets)

The Toyota Cheetahs’ sublime home form continued with victory over reigning Guinness PRO14 champions the Scarlets and Craig Berry was one of the stars of the show.

With just under 20 minutes to go, winger Barry caught a punt upfield and showed off his jet-heeled pace, blitzing through the Scarlets line with a scorching jinking run.

The Cheetahs man travelled a full 50 yards on his way to scoring one of the tries of the round.

Sam Johnson (Glasgow v Cardiff)

Glasgow made it a perfect 10 as they racked up yet another victory to keep themselves top of Conference A.

They beat Cardiff Blues 40-16 but 19 minutes in, they trailed 10-0 – then, up stepped Sam Johnson.

Peter Horne booted an excellent first-time kick out towards the left-flank and Johnson gave the Blues the slip, catching the aerial ball before bursting past two challenges to dot down.

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