Edinburgh’s Sledgehammer and Connacht’s Wallaby wonder – who were the heroes of Round 7?

Charlie Talbot-Smith
02 December 2019

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Every story needs a hero.

And last weekend in the Guinness PRO14 there were fairytales everywhere you looked.

So here are the seven men who stood out this week, one for each momentous clash.

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Eroni Sau

It wasn’t a classic on Friday night in Cork.

Munster’s youthful side played out a scrappy affair with an Edinburgh team looking to claim a first win in town for 15 years.

The magic moment was left to the Sledgehammer, leaping high to juggle and collect Blair Kinghorn’s cross kick on the bounce and lift Richard Cockerill’s side to an important, if not that impressive, win.

Matt Faddes

Ulster are a team on a roll.

That’s three wins in a row in the league to go with a perfect start to the Champions Cup in Europe.

And everyone is getting in on the act, including new man Matt Faddes.

His double was the highlight of their win over the Scarlets, and the man who was such a hit in Super Rugby is starting to show the northern hemisphere what he is all about.

Jason Harries

Trailing 28-17 with less than 20 minutes to go in Treviso, John Mulvihill must have feared the worst.

But the Blues produced a stunning comeback, and broke Benetton hearts for the second time in a week.

The fight back was capped by Jason Harries’ 81st-minute try, the powerful winger getting over to claim a vital win on the road in the battle for supremacy in a tight Conference B.

John Porch

Connacht have had bigger nights than this under Andy Friend.

But sometimes it is just about getting the job done, and against the Isuzu Southern Kings last weekend they did exactly that.

And the bonus point win owed much to their Aussie wing John Porch – a new arrival this season from the 7s circuit whose double here proved he is fast becoming a fans’ favourite.

Carlo Canna

Five separate try scorers went over for Zebre in their famous win in Newport.

This was their first Guinness PRO14 win in over a year and they were rampant against an underpowered Dragons outfit.

But the star man was undoubtedly fly-half Carlo Canna who pulled the strings in devastating fashion and might just give Tommaso Allan a run for the Italy No.10 shirt next year in the Guinness Six Nations.

Cian Kelleher

What is it about the Kelleher family?

They just cant stop scoring tries. Younger brother Ronan has been ridiculous so far this season in the No.2 jersey for the boys in blue.

But this weekend it was all about Cian out wide, bagging a double as the defending champions dispatched a strong Glasgow side at Scotstoun to claim victory there for the first time in seven years.

Wilmar Arnoldi

Toyota Cheetahs finally have their first away win in 2019/20 thanks to Wilmar Anoldi’s second-half winner and a surging late defensive stand against the Ospreys.

Dominant and free-scoring in the Free State, on the road they have been a shadow.

But at the Gnoll, it was Arnoldi who got the job done to keep their play-off push in Conference A in rude health.

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