An explosive start to 2019 saw a feast of rugby in Round 13 of the Guinness PRO14, with Fantasy Rugby managers looking to rack up the points in the first fixtures of the new year.
There’s a hiatus in league action as sides tackle their respective European competitions, but there are always mangers who want to tinker with their line-ups.
Among the clubs with stars featuring in the Dream Team for Gameweek 13 were Benetton Rugby, after their narrow victory against Glasgow Warriors, and Munster, who had a comfortable victory against Connacht.
Both clubs are well represented as we look at three stars who started 2019 in the perfect way, by running up points totals for their Fantasy Rugby managers.
Dean Budd (Benetton Rugby)
Leading the way in front of all Fantasy Rugby performers was the Italian international and Benetton captain Dean Budd.
Playing at second row, but listed as a back-rower in Fantasy Rugby, Budd scooped a mammoth 25 points on Saturday.
His side’s famous 20-17 victory over Glasgow Warriors saw them move up to third in Conference B, with Budd’s performance instrumental in their victory.
The two tries from Benetton captain provided the backbone of his points, with 16 coming from his tries against the Scottish outfit.
His other points came from a full appearance, 10 or more tackles and being named man of the match.
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— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) January 10, 2019
Sean Cronin (Leinster Rugby)
Another two-try forward was Leinster hooker Sean Cronin.
He delighted Fantasy Rugby managers as he ran in two of his side’s four scores before half time to secure a bonus point.
Again, most of Cronin’s points came from his two tries, as he totted up 18 in total, with 16 down to the scores and two for his appearance before he was withdrawn after 50 minutes.
His Leinster teammates Andrew Porter and Ross Malony also made the Dream Team for Gameweek 13, with ten and seven points respectively.
Joey Carbery (Munster Rugby)
The Munster and Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery led all players in points on the pitch, as he grabbed 16 for his action-packed display as they beat Connacht at the Sportsground.
It equated to 18 Fantasy Rugby points, as he totted up more than any other back in the game during Round 13.
Carbery took home five points for a try and another five for his man of the match display.
Most of the rest of his points came with the boot, as he had four try conversions and a penalty to add another five Fantasy Rugby points, on top of three more for a full appearance.
The Munster man is a go-to for Fantasy Rugby managers, as his 81 points so far see him third in the rankings for his position behind Ospreys’ Sam Davies and Connacht’s Jack Carty.