As if there wasn’t enough festive cheer floating about, Round 11 of the Guinness PRO14 handed supporters across Italy, Scotland, Ireland and Wales plenty of reason to eat, drink and be merry.
As Christmas cheer spread across the globe, there were a whole host of breathtaking moments to put smiles on faces.
Here are our three top plays of the round.
Giulio Bisegni – Benetton v Zebre
Zebre only mustered a single try as they surrendered Italian bragging right to Benetton Rugby in Treviso – but what a score it was.
The hosts may have been well in control of the contest, particularly after Zebre’s Johan Meyer had been red-carded, but, working the ball down the right flank with frightening precision, the 14-man visitors summoned up something special.
As Zebre got motoring, Mattia Bellini’s blistering run was matched stride-for-stride by Giulio Bisegni, the 25-year-old centre, operating on the wing, dotting down for one of the most stirring moments of Round 11.
Huw Jones – Edinburgh v Glasgow
In the first of back-to-back 1872 Cup clashes, Edinburgh’s grandstand finish – Chris Dean going over to seal a dramatic 18-17 triumph – took the biscuit.
However, an enthralling encounter at BT Murrayfield also got off to the perfect start as Scotland international Huw Jones got Glasgow Warriors noses in front.
The former Western Province and Stormers man, who only made his Warriors debut earlier this month, collected the ball from Tommy Seymour in centre-field and turned on the afterburners to give his team a second-minute lead.
Ultane Dillane – Connacht v Ulster
Connacht turned on the style in their 44-16 victory over Ulster at the Sportsground, running in six tries as they bounced back to winning ways in the Guinness Pro14 following defeat at the hands of Zebre in Round 10.
Lock Ultan Dillane shone with two tries and he saved the best for last, finishing off a clinical team move late in the game to hand Kieran Keane’s troops a comfortable cushion.
The ball was turned over as Paul Marhsall’s pass was plucked from the air by centre Eoin Griffin and he streaked away before feeding fellow replacement Darragh Leader.
The counter-attack was completed as, arriving at the perfect time, Dillane was on hand to put the cherry on the cake.
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