Guinness PRO14: Round 2 top tries of the week

Max Chesterton
10 September 2018

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The Guinness PRO14 continued on the same footing as last weekend with high octane action, magnificent tries and two last-gasp victories.

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Benetton Rugby sealed a stunning last minute 27-25 win against Cardiff Blues thanks to Monty Ioane’s try and Tommaso Allan’s precise conversion, while John Cooney rescued a late win for Ulster against Edinburgh.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Dragons, Connacht, Ospreys, Scarlets and Glasgow all secured victories.

Here are five of the best tries from the weekend’s action.

Craig Gilroy (Ulster)

Craig Gilroy entered Ulster’s record books in style against Edinburgh with an outstanding 60-yard dash to score and mount the start of his side’s comeback.

Evading two Edinburgh defenders, Gilroy clocked the fastest speed – 21.9mph – of any Ulster player this season before crossing the whitewash.

The feat made the Irish wing the top Ulster try scorer in Guinness PRO14 history ahead of legends Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe.

Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)

Camped inside Munster’s 22-yard line, Glasgow were searching for an opening for their second try of the match after Callum Gibbins’ early first try.

When the ball popped out to 21-year-old Scotland international Adam Hastings, the fly half had the audacity to grubber the ball through the smallest of gaps for Stuart Hogg to expertly dot down.

Josh Lewis (Dragons Rugby)

With the Dragons holding a narrow lead over Isuzu Southern Kings, Rhodri Williams was handed the ball out the back of the scrum with options either side of the Welshman.

Instead opting to kick up field, Williams found a marauding Josh Lewis charging down the field, who caught the ball perfectly, raced past two defenders and slammed the ball over the try line.

Not bad for Lewis’ first start in the Guinness PRO14.

Braam Steyn (Benetton Rugby)

While Braam Steyn claimed the accolades for getting the all-important five points, Iliesa Ratuva was the man that made the impossible happen.

Driving through the Cardiff Blues pack, Ratuva evaded the despairing dives of several Blues defenders to gain the crucial yardage.

When Jayden Hayward closed the gap, all Steyn had to do was cross the whitewash and bring Benetton back into the tie.

Eoin Griffin (Connacht Rugby)

Already with a comfortable lead, Connacht turned on the afterburners when Jack Carty stabbed through for Eoin Griffin to score his first try of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season.

Using the slippery, wet conditions to his advantage, Carty slid through a precision pass for Griffin to add to Zebre’s woe.

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