The Guinness PRO14 waved goodbye to 2017 in fine fashion before kicking off 2018 with a bang in Round 12.
And Fantasy Rugby did not disappoint with its team of the week which included a tackling master from Leinster, a free scoring winger from Ulster and a man of the match performance from an Ospreys’ hooker.
SCANNELL ON SONG
With two tries and 13 tackles, it was a superb display from Munster’s Niall Scannell, despite finishing on the losing team.
The 25-year-old scored two identical tries on his way to a 19-point week and help put the Munstermen in firm control against Ulster before the hosts staged a thrilling comeback.
Scannell is joined in the team of the week by Ospreys Scott Baldwin in the front row as he also picked up a try, made 18 tackles and picked up the man of the match award to see him collect 16 points.
Finlay Bealham (11 points) completes the front row line up as he made 13 tackles for Connacht in their narrow 21-18 defeat to Leinster.
LEINSTER IN THE PACK
There’s an all-Irish second row with Munster’s Darren O’Shea and Leinster’s Ross Molony packing down – the latter making a colossal 27 tackles for Leo Cullen’s men at the RDS Arena on New Year’s Day.
Max Deegan also produced a fine defensive display for Leinster, making 26 tackles as well as scoring a sensational try to secure his place in team of the week with 14 points.
The Leinster man is joined by a duo of Benetton back rowers in the shape of Dean Budd and Whetu Douglas (both 12 points) with the former dotting a down a late try to help down Italian rivals Zebre for the second time in two rounds.
Ulster dominate the backs this week with four representatives including Craig Gilroy, who led the fightback against Munster with two tries as he scored 13 points in Fantasy Rugby.
Darren Cave also crossed the whitewash at the Kingspan and is joined by Robert Lyttle and man of the match John Cooney in the team of the week.
Cooney remains in the overall dream team, the highest scoring no.9, with 85 points from the season to date.
A superb all-round performance from Dan Biggar slots him into the fly-half position with Glasgow Warriors’ Lee Jones and Benetton’s Jayden Hayward completing the XV.
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