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Guinness PRO14 top tries: semi-final qualifiers

Will Thompson
07 May 2018

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As four teams competed to make the Guinness PRO14 Final Series semi-finals, there were some incredible tries across the two matches.

Steff Evans, Scarlets

Edinburgh travelled to Munster while Scarlets took on Cheetahs, all with the hope of making the semi-finals where Leinster and Glasgow Warriors awaited them.

Here are the top tries from the two matches on Saturday:

Steff Evans – Scarlets v Cheetahs

Scarlets blew the South Africans away 43-8 in Wales, scoring six tries and only conceding a late score from their future player Clayton Blommetjies.

But the star of the show was Steff Evans, who crossed twice in the first half for Scarlets in a fine display – his first a score to behold.

The winger picked the ball up from just inside the Cheetahs’ half, sliced through their defence, knocked a perfectly weighted grubber through to take out Blommetjies then dived on the ball to touch down.

Tom Prydie – Scarlets v Cheetahs

On the opposite touchline, Tom Prydie also had a great game and was on the end of a fluid move by the Welshmen to dot down under the posts.

Scarlets were playing some delightful rugby and will take confidence from their attacking play on Saturday, which this score was a perfect example of.

The ball was spun out quickly from a line-out to the middle of the park, where Scott Williams took a crash ball to split the Cheetahs’ defence, then brilliantly offloaded out the back to the oncoming Prydie.

Keith Earls – Munster v Edinburgh

In the first semi-final qualifier of the day, Munster edged a 20-16 victory against Edinburgh with a solid performance.

The creator of this try, Simon Zebo, was appearing for the last time in a Munster jersey at Thomond Park but made it a game to remember as he set up Keith Earls with some outstanding play.

Zebo picked up a loose ball, delicately chipped it over the oncoming Edinburgh defence, picked up his own kick and whipped a long ball out to Earls, who raced in to score in the corner.

Nathan Fowles – Munster v Edinburgh

Despite suffering a loss and thus their Final Series hopes coming to an end, Edinburgh played excellently in Ireland and the expansive rugby they have shown throughout the season was exemplified by their second-half try.

Bill Mata made the first break, before the ball made its way to the other side of the pitch and Blair Kinghorn surged towards Munster’s line.

But it was Nathan Fowles who, only moments after coming on, was on hand to snipe from the back of the ruck and dart clear to cut Munster’s lead to one point with 20 minutes to go.

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