Guinness PRO14 Player Spotlight: James Lowe

Will Thompson
23 May 2018

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Winger James Lowe produced an outstanding display on Saturday as Leinster booked their place in the Guinness PRO14 Final with a 16-15 victory over Munster.

James Lowe, Leinster

The winger was central in setting up attacks and produced an incredible offload to help the hosts score their only try of the match to beat their bitter rivals by a single point.

Less than 10 minutes had been played at the RDS Arena before Lowe was causing devastation with his powerful running, making a break down the left and bulldozing through Simon Zebo to make 40 yards for Leinster.

Only three phases later the winger popped up in the middle of the park to take a cute inside ball from Jack McGrath, finding a gap in the Munster defence before yet again putting Zebo on his backside, this time with some fancy footwork.

The Kiwi then stumbled towards the line and just as it looked as if the move would break down, Jack Conan arrived on his inside and Lowe flicked the ball out the back of his hands on his way down and Conan was in.

It wasn’t just this moment of magic that earned the winger a man-of-the-match medal, it was his relentless work in defence and attack.

He made 82 metres for Leo Cullen’s side from 12 carries, beat five defenders with three clean breaks and produced two offloads in total.

Combined with six tackles and a vital interception when Munster were breaking towards the end, his physical presence and eagerness to be involved in every play proved his worth to the head coach that left him out for the European final the week before.

You can bet Lowe will be one of the first names on Cullen’s starting line-up list this Saturday though, as Leinster take on defending champions Scarlets in a bid to become double champions and be crowned as the best Guinness PRO14 side around.

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