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Fantasy review of Guinness PRO14 Round 14

Charlie Bennett

13 Feb 2018

Craig Gilroy missed out on selection for the Six Nations but continued to press his international case in Round 14 of the Guinness PRO14 with a superb hat-trick.

Gilroy, 26, crossed the whitewash three times in Ulster Rugby’s impressive 59-10 defeat of the Southern Kings at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.

The winger – who beat nine defenders in the game – earned 30 fantasy points in the process and is now the competition’s second-top try scorer with eight in just six outings.

Ulster are struggling for consistency this year but have a good platform for the run-in, eight points behind joint leaders Leinster Rugby and Scarlets in Conference B.

Robin Copeland’s all-action display for Munster Rugby in their bonus-point defeat of Zebre was rewarded with a haul of 18 fantasy points.

The 30-year-old is a sensible investment for Six Nations gameweeks and has already bettered last year’s fantasy performance of 32 points.

The No.8 picked up points for a 50-metre run, 15 tackles and a try in Munster’s win over the Italians, keeping them second in Conference A.

Colossal Kiwi flanker Nick Williams chipped in with 18 points for Fantasy Rugby head coaches with a Man of the Match display in Cardiff Blues’ 25-20 win over Toyota Cheetahs.

Williams has only made two full appearances in the Guinness PRO14 this season but signed a new contract with the Blues last month.

He snatched a vital third try in the 53rd minute and also supplied an assist in his best performance of the campaign so far at No.8.

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