The top plays from the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals

Will Thompson
23 May 2018

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Last weekend saw three crucial clashes as Leinster and Scarlets booked their place in the final and Ulster were victorious in sealing Champions Cup action next season.

James Lowe, Jack Conan, Leinster Rugby

With everything on the line, there was some outstanding rugby across all three matches.

James Lowe (Leinster v Munster)

In a classic Irish contest there was only one point that separated Leinster and Munster as the hosts ran out 16-15 winners and reached the Guinness PRO14 Final.

Central to the success was winger James Lowe, who set up the opening try after only eight minutes at the RDS Arena.

Following a powerful break down the left, the Kiwi was on hand in the middle a few phases later and stood up Simon Zebo before incredibly off-loading out the back to Jack Conan as he fell.

Scott Williams (Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors)

Scarlets also secured their spot in Dublin with a 28-13 victory over Glasgow Warriors at the Scotstoun – the first time the hosts had been defeated there this season.

The men of Llanelli tore through Warriors’ defence, with Scott Williams making inroads throughout.

The centre created the second try of the match by darting through a well-spotted gap after dummying a pass.

He burst through to set up Gareth Davies for an easy walk in under the posts.

Craig Gilroy (Ulster v Ospreys)

The final match of the weekend was a battle for the last remaining Champions Cup spot for next season.

Ulster were triumphant in maintaining their record as the only team to have played in the competition every year since its inception in 1995.

The Irish ran out 35-17 winners thanks to the devastation caused by their backline, including a fantastic finish by Craig Gilroy.

When John Cooney intercepted a pass and offloaded to Johnny McPhillips, the fly-half put a delicious grubber into the corner for Gilroy to chase and get a finger on after dribbling it over the line.

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