Thrills and spills came in all shapes and sizes in Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14.
There were get-off-your-seat moments at every turn but as our round-up of the top plays of the week proves, it wasn’t all about scoring spectacular tries.
William Small-Smith (Toyota Cheetahs v Scarlets)
What better way to put points on the board than pouncing into action just when your opponents are on the attack?
En route to besting reigning Guinness PRO14 champions Scarlets 28-21 on Saturday, the Toyota Cheetahs pulled off a classic counter-attack, Rynier Bernardo pouncing on a loose ball at the perfect moment.
The lock’s kick forward set up a footrace, which was emphatically won by William Small-Smith, the Cheetahs centre showing two Scarlets players a clean set of heels as he streaked away to score the opening try of the game.
Watch the Guinness PRO14 Round 10 plays of the week below:
Johan Meyer (Zebre v Connacht)
Zebre showed off some nifty footwork to get Johan Meyer over the line in their victory over Connacht in Parma.
Carlo Canna’s boot into the air saw Giovanbattista Venditti claim possession and get the hosts working through the phases and then the Zebre fly-half chipped another deft punt over Connacht heads.
This time, Johan Meyer gathered pace and blitzed past three defending players, even carrying Tiernan O’Halloran on his back as he crashed over the line to make it 14-10.
Johnny McNicholl (Toyota Cheetahs v Scarlets)
The Cheetahs really turned on the style in their win over the Scarlets but visiting full-back Johnny McNicholl proved that halting a try can be just as spectacular as scoring one.
The hosts’ Torsten van Jaarsveld bided his time before offloading to Shaun Venter and it looked for all the world that the 30-year-old would race down the left flank unchallenged.
But almost out of nowhere, McNicholl appeared over Venter’s right shoulder and pulled off an impeccably-timed last-ditch challenge, which prevented a score by stopping the Cheetahs man with inches left to spare.
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