Heroes of the weekend

Joe Leavey
07 October 2019

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Round 2 of the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season is done and dusted and as you might expect, there were some standout performances over the weekend.

Five teams protected their 100 per cent record including Toyota Cheetahs who ran rampant over Ulster in a 63-26 victory to move to top of Conference A.

Meanwhile in Conference B it is Munster who rule the roost after digging in to earn a bonus-point win at Isuzu Southern Kings.

We’ve picked out the individuals who made the difference to their team’s results – here’s the Guinness PRO14 heroes of the week.

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Davies inspires landmark Dragons win

It had been 44 games in four-and-a-half years since Dragons had last won an away game in the Guinness PRO14 but a 52-28 victory over Zebre in Parma set the counter back to zero.

Fly-half Sam Davies was at the heart of the cause, orchestrating an attack that scored scored six tries to get the Dean Ryan era up and running.

Daly does it again

Shane Daly was Munster’s best player for the second week running as they earned a 31-20 win from a tricky trip to the Kings.

All that was missing from Daly’s performance was a try but the former Ireland 7s star made 115 metres and showed the sort of ability that has so many people talking him up as a superstar of the future.

Jaco on the money

Although it was Mark Bennett’s try that ultimately sealed the win for Edinburgh over Cardiff Blues, Jaco van der Walt was without doubt the man of the match.

His 100 per cent accuracy from the tee yielded four crucial penalties and helped guide the Scots to their second successive victory.

‘Sir Ronan the fourth’

Ronan Kelleher became just the fourth hooker to score a hat-trick in the Guinness PRO14 as Leinster put Ospreys to the sword with a 53-5 rout.

The 21-year-old scored his first, second and third before 50 minutes had been played to celebrate a memorable night at the RDS Arena.

Cheetahs setting the pace

Another man with a hat-trick to this name this weekend was Anthony Volmink as the Toyota Cheetah produced an emphatic display to beat Ulster 63-26.

But even he was in the shadow of the outstanding Rhyno Smith, who helped himself to two tries in the convincing win.

The full-back has made an electric start to the new season and is crucial to the Cheetahs’ hopes of reaching the Guinness PRO14 Finales Series.

Blade Runner

Scrum-half Caolin Blade was too hot to handle for Benetton and ran in two tries in as Connacht won comfortably in Galway.

The Italians were only narrowly beaten by champions Leinster in Round 1 but Blade made light work of their defence, dancing through the tackles to score two beautiful tries.

Classy Cassiem

Brad Mooar’s perfect start to life as Scarlets director or rugby continued on Friday night as they saw off Glasgow Warriors on the road for an eye-catching win.

In the wind and rain, pure power was needed to overcome a stubborn Warriors side and Uzair Cassiem has that in spades.

The No.8 carried hard and tackled even harder, as they battled to a four-point win.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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