Guinness PRO14 Round 10: top tries of the week

Joe Leavey
03 December 2018

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Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14 had everything you could have asked for in a weekend of rugby: big scores, tight matches and, most importantly, beautiful tries.

Leinster ran in nine of them as they pummelled the Dragons, Luke Morgan added three of his own as Ospreys downed Zebre, while Hame Faiva repeated the trick to earn Benetton Rugby victory over Isuzu Southern Kings.

And here are the cream of a very fine crop.

Monty Ioane for Benetton Rugby v Isuzu Southern Kings

What started as a routine scrum on halfway for Benetton turned into what proved to be the match-winning try in a blink of an eye.

The Italian side won their own ball, fed it down the line before Tommaso Iannone unleashed a perfectly weighted grubber that tantalisingly toyed with the touchline.

But Ioane kept faith, going the long way around the Kings’ chasing defenders to scoop up and dot down Benetton’s fourth.

Hugo Keenan for Leinster v Dragons

Leinster notched nine tries as they ran up 50 points for the second week running with yet another electrifying performance, and Hugo Keenan’s was the pick of the bunch.

Excellent at the breakdown all afternoon in Newport, the relentless rucking set up the outstanding Ross Byrne to dink through a grubber with Leinster’s widemen breaking the Dragons’ line.

A slightly fortunate deflection off a Dragons foot spun the ball into the air, and when it came down it was gathered gratefully by Keenan, who sped in under the posts.

Andrew Conway for Munster v Edinburgh Rugby

This try was all about one outstanding moment of passing rugby.

A line-out in Edinburgh territory saw Munster move the ball down the line, but the Scottish side were well set to defend the hosts’ numbers.

Chris Farrell saw something that no-one else did, however, taking the ball into contact and drawing two Edinburgh men while simultaneously shovelling the ball back to set up an overlap that Conway punished.

Luke Morgan for Ospreys v Zebre

Morgan’s hat-trick try against the Italians, the Welsh speedster certainly saved the best for last.

An almighty boot from Sam Davies found open ground on the Ospreys’ left and a deadening bounce landed right into the path of the onrushing Morgan.

From there on it was all about the 26-year-old’s blistering pace as he left Edoardo Padovani behind to cap a memorable night at the Liberty Stadium.

Nick Grigg for Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Down to 14 men and with 40 minutes of rugby still to play as they emerged from the tunnel after half-time, Glasgow Warriors would’ve been forgiven for trying to hold on to their lot.

But in fact, they did the exact opposite, emerging from the break with all guns blazing, turning over from Lewis Rawlins before Ruaridh Jackson immediately took the initiative to send a kick tantalisingly high into no-man’s land.

And Nick Grigg was first to react when it came down, presumably made slippy with snow on it, bursting to the line to the delight of the home crowd.

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