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Guinness PRO14 top plays of the week: Round Twelve

Rich Dore

4 Jan 2018

There were some big results in Round 12 of the Guinness PRO14 as Benetton Rugby completed an Italian double over Zebre and Ulster Rugby triumphed over Munster.

There were also plenty of big plays and here we have three of the best for you – including some back-three brilliance, back-row grit and a dash of genius from Dan Biggar.

Jayden Hayward – Zebre v Benetton Rugby

This Italian derby had been finely-poised at 6-6 up until the 45th minute when Benetton full-back Jayden Hayward produced a moment of class to edge his side ahead.

Benetton had come out after the break full of purpose but despite a period of pressure inside Zebre’s 22, couldn’t make it over the tryline.

A quick lineout put Zebre’s defence on the back foot and Hayward saw his opportunity – dummying out wide and showing some neat footwork to break past a tackle and put his side on the road to victory.

Max Deegan – Leinster v Connacht

Leinster went home with the points in this one and it was of course a huge 80-minute effort, but the crucial moment came in the 85th minute as the home side attempted to prevent Connacht’s last attack.

The men from Dublin had to withstand 28 phases to claim the 21-18 victory but had to be careful not to infringe and concede a penalty.

No.8 Max Deegan achieved just that feat, latching on at the breakdown and displaying herculean strength to resist two clear-outs to seal the match-winning penalty.

Dan Biggar – Ospreys v Dragons

An incredible try for the Ospreys and the perfect example of just why Dan Biggar has been Wales’ first-choice fly-half for many years now.

Biggar is one of the best in the world under the high ball and was the first man to Rhys Webb’s kick upfield as Ospreys looked for the advantage in the Welsh Derby.

The No.10 then sped off down the flank before showing great strength to keep his body stable as he held off two tacklers to deliver the offload to Cory Allen for the score.

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