Guinness PRO14 Round 20 player spotlight: Duhan van der Merwe

Will Thompson
18 April 2018

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Edinburgh had a massive game against champions Scarlets in Round 20 of the Guinness PRO14, but Duhan van der Merwe was a particular standout in their 52-14 win on Saturday.

Duhan van der Merwe, Edinburgh Rugby

The South African winger helped Edinburgh move closer to securing a Guinness PRO14 Final Series spot, bagging two of the hosts’ eight tries.

His electric pace was put to good use on both occasions, the first coming immediately after Blair Kinghorn opened the scoring inside six minutes.

Almost straight from the restart, Kinghorn fed van der Merwe again, who breezed past Tom Varndell before racing clear down the left to inflict more damage inside the opening 10 minutes.

Van der Merwe’s second came just after half time, following a great Edinburgh break from inside their own 22.

A darting run from scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne split the Scarlets defence before he put an inch-perfect grubber into the corner for van der Merwe to latch onto and cross the whitewash.

The winger also made a phenomenal 206 metres, exactly double the next-highest metre maker on the day, whilst winning three turnovers and beating seven defenders with five clean breaks.

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