Guinness PRO14 Fantasy Review: The Final

Will Thompson
31 May 2018

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As Leinster became double champions with victory over Scarlets in an historic Guinness PRO14 final, it was the last chance to score Fantasy Rugby points this season.

Johnny McNicholl, Scarlets

And what a conclusion it was, with six of the players included in the final dream team of the season notching up Fantasy Rugby totals in the double figures.

As usual, Johnny Sexton was integral to the 40-32 success in Dublin, kicking a quarter of Leinster’s total points from the tee and punishing Scarlets’ defence with his high balls raining down.

The fly-half scored 15 Fantasy Rugby points for his role in the victory, though only 11.1 per cent of players had selected him with over 20 per cent choosing Scarlets’ Rhys Patchell.

Another of the Leinster players who racked up a fair few Fantasy Rugby points was Jack Conan, who amassed 12 points thanks to his try in the second half following a flowing move.

The No. 8 has now scored in both the semi-final and the final, so it’s no surprise that he was selected by 22 per cent of players, only Justin Tipuric is in more teams from the back row.

Lastly, despite ending in defeat, Johnny McNicholl was on fire for Scarlets and earned himself an incredible 22 fantasy points – the most in the final from both teams.

His hat-trick kept the men from Llanelli in the game, while his powerful running was a threat throughout.

The winger ends the season as the second-highest scoring outside back with 113 points, only eight behind fellow Scarlets winger Steff Evans.

Other notable fantasy points scorers from the final were Devin Toner, who scored 11 thanks to his first-half try, Leigh Halfpenny, who earned ten points after knocking over two conversions and two penalties, and Sean Cronin, who scored a try to give him ten points also.

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