Guinness PRO14 top tries of the week: Round 13

Charlie Peat
09 January 2018

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All 14 sides were back in action during Round 13 and there were impressive victories for Benetton Rugby, Leinster and Ospreys.

Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, Scarlets and Munster also secured all-important triumphs in the Guinness PRO14.

There were plenty of thrilling tries in the round and we’ve picked out five of the best for you to savour.

Monty Ioane – Benetton Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs

Benetton were made to dig deep against the South African outfit as they came from behind to secure a thrilling 27-21 triumph.

And it was the Italian side who scored the first try of the game thanks to Monty Ioane’s scintillating score.

Building an attack through multiple phases, it was Marty Banks who made the crucial break just past the halfway line before his pass found Ioane who was able to burst through the defence and cross the whitewash.

Rhys Webb – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues

In a back-and-forth encounter it was the hosts who outlasted their Welsh rivals at the Liberty Stadium thanks to the expert kicking of Dan Biggar.

The Welsh international set up three tries including Rhys Webb’s second dot-down of the absorbing contest on 51 minutes.

A sensational cross-field kick from the fly-half found Ashley Beck who passed inside to Justin Tipuric – with the flanker unleashing Webb as he beat his man and darted over in the corner.

Fergus McFadden – Leinster Rugby vs Ulster

Fergus McFadden notched up a brace in Leinster’s thumping victory of rivals Ulster and it was his second try that was the standout moment of the contest.

But the 31-year-old owes a lot of the hard work to the rampaging Andrew Porter, who set the try on its way.

The prop thundered his way through three tackles before laying off to Jack Conan who offloaded to McFadden to storm his way down the pitch for Leinster’s fourth try of the afternoon.

Garyn Smith – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues

Cardiff Blues were looking to stage a late fightback against Ospreys and almost pulled it off thanks to the brilliance of substitute Garyn Smith.

With just six minutes on the clock, incisive build-up play from the visitors saw Alex Cuthbert find the centre who spotted a gap in the Ospreys defence and exposed it with ruthless efficiency, hurtling almost unchallenged over the try line.

But the dot-down wouldn’t be enough as the Blues lost out by the narrowest of margins to their Welsh rivals – 29-28.

Tom McCartney – Munster v Connacht Rugby

It was a difficult afternoon for Connacht, who conceded five tries in a 39-13 defeat at the hands of Munster at Thomond Park.

But there was a small consolation for the visitors who were able to register their only try of the contest in the 77th minute.

Superb footwork from James Mitchell helped break the Munster backline before the scrum-half was able to offload to Quinn Roux, who helped find Tom McCartney in acres of space to easily dot down.

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