Leinster’s top five Guinness PRO14 tries of the season

Will Thompson
25 May 2018

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Leinster take on Scarlets on Saturday after storming their way to the Guinness PRO14 Grand Final in style.

Fergus McFadden, Leinster Rugby

During the campaign, Leo Cullen’s men have played some beautiful rugby and demonstrated their attacking potency week-in, week-out.

Here, we take a look at the five best tries that have been scored by the European champions on their way to their date with destiny in Dublin.

Round 2: Barry Daly v Cardiff Blues

Just the second game of the season saw Leinster already lighting up the RDS Arena against Cardiff Blues.

The hosts ran out 37-9 victors and Barry Daly’s score was indicative of the experimental nature Cullen’s team were already settling into at such an early stage.

Ross Byrne’s delightful cross-field kick gave Daly the chance to leap up in front of Cardiff’s Matthew Morgan to pluck the ball one-handed from the air, before juggling neatly and diving over.

Round 7: Jordan Larmour v Ulster

In one of the matches that made Jordan Larmour’s name as a future Irish star, the youngster displayed his blistering pace and deadly step for the first time against Ulster.

Leinster ran out 25-10 winners at the Kingspan Stadium and Larmour opened the scoring with his incredible solo effort.

After taking the ball on the blind side from a ruck, he turned one defender inside out to burst through a hole in the defence, then stepped the last covering defender as well to race in for the touch down.

Round 11: Jordan Larmour v Munster

As if scoring a wonder-try against one Irish rival wasn’t enough, Larmour managed to repeat the feat just four rounds later against Munster.

Leinster held on for a 34-24 victory against Johann van Graan’s side at Thomond Park despite a late comeback but it was Larmour’s breath-taking run that stole the headlines.

Taking a high kick in his own half, the full-back stepped two players in quick succession to open up a gap in midfield, which he raced through and again sent the last defender the wrong way to blitz his way into the corner.

Round 13: Fergus McFadden v Ulster

In another game where Larmour shone, it would be a more experienced player with whom he’d have to share the limelight as Fergus McFadden bagged himself a double.

Leinster yet again saw off Ulster, this time a comfortable 38-7 triumph at home, with McFadden’s second score a wonder to behold.

Andrew Porter must take half of the credit, powerfully handing off one defender before bulldozing another and offloading to Jamison Gibson-Park, who released McFadden to sprint free as the hosts went from end to end in seconds.

Round 15: Luke McGrath v Scarlets

To finish this sumptuous selection, it would only be right to highlight a Leinster try against their counterparts this weekend, scored in a 20-13 victory at the RDS Arena in February.

Larmour took a high ball and offloaded to James Lowe, who muscled through a tackle on the wing and popped it back inside to the oncoming Luke McGrath for the scrum-half to touch down in the corner.

No doubt there will be rugby of the highest quality at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, with hopefully plenty more scores like these to applaud as the champions of the Guinness PRO14 are crowned.

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