Guinness PRO14 Round 7: Top tries of the week

Andy Baber
29 October 2018

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The Guinness PRO14 returned with a bang at the weekend following a two-week break for the first two rounds of fixtures in the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

Toyota Cheetahs got their first win of the season against Cardiff Blues in Bloemfontein, while there were also wins for Leinster over Benetton and Munster against Glasgow Warriors.

Elsewhere, a try-fest between Scarlets and Isuzu Southern Kings saw the Welsh outfit come out on top and Zebre and Ospreys celebrated victories over Edinburgh and Connacht respectively.

Round Seven was also not short on stunning tries and we have picked out five of the best from the weekend’s action for you to relive in all their glory.

Masixole Banda – Southern Kings

This is the first of two tries scored by Isuzu Southern Kings to make the shortlist as the South African franchise were beaten 41-34 in their own back yard by Scarlets.

Masixole Banda was in inspirational form as he scored a brilliant individual try to open the scoring for the hosts, who established a 20-10 lead during the first half.

He received the ball after Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s clearance failed to find touch before charging through the Scarlets defence from halfway and touching down under the posts.

Yaw Penxe – Southern Kings

With Southern Kings 10-3 to the good after Banda’s opener, Scarlets set about delivering a quick riposte – but they soon found themselves even further behind.

The visitors were within 10 metres of the Kings’ try-line when the ball was stripped from them Ruaan Lerm, who set up a lightning-fast counter-attacking move.

Banda was one again central to the move, making significant ground before his grubber kick found Yaw Penxe, who collected the ball and crossed the whitewash.

Michael Lowry – Ulster

Ulster got back to winning ways after holding off a second-half fightback from Dragons to triumph 36-18 against the Welsh region at the Kingspan Stadium.

Dan McFarland’s men ran in five tries in total, including a brace from Stuart McCloskey, but it was Michael Lowry’s score on the cusp of half-time that was the pick of the bunch.

David Shanahan and Johnny McPhillips combined to find Lowry, who stepped inside and beat several defenders before showing his electric pace to dive over the tryline.

George Horne – Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors appeared to be on course for a comfortable win after building up a 14-point lead over Munster – but a last-gasp penalty from Rory Scannell saw the Irish province claim the spoils.

Despite the result not going their way, Warriors did score some special tries as George Horne grabbed a first-half double at Thomond Park.

His first try was the better of the two and saw Warriors run the ball out from their own 22, before a delightful exchange of passes put Horne away in the corner.

Keelan Giles – Ospreys

Ospreys held their nerve to score from the final play of the game to narrowly defeat Connacht 22-17 in a dramatic finale at Morganstone Brewery Field.

A brace from Keelan Giles had earlier given the Welsh Region a 10-3 advantage at the break, including a fantastic solo effort to get the scoring underway.

Giles received the ball from Lloyd Ashley, kicked ahead, and regathered to touch down for the try in the third minute – holding off the pressure from a covering defender in the process.

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