Fantasy Watch: Brilliant Baloucoune steals the show

Charlie Bennett
03 December 2019

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As budding head coaches attempted to choose their winning teams in the Guinness PRO14 Fantasy Rugby competition this year, only 2.6% chose the highest scorer.

Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune scored a mammoth 16.2 points this week, as the young talent continued his return from injury with an eye-catching display in their 29-5 defeat of Scarlets.

Baloucoune has been blighted by a knee problem in the opening rounds of the season but made up for lost time as the Welsh side came to town on Friday.

The Enniskillen-born man was a constant threat down the right-side for Ulster, with his early break the catalyst for Matt Faddes’ early try.

His catch from Bill Johnston’s cross-field kick then set up Ulster’s second, as John Cooney went over in the corner after Baloucoune was held up close to the try-line.


Then to round-off the perfect comeback performance, Baloucoune got onto the scoresheet himself to secure the bonus point for the hosts, as he collected a long pass out wide before swan-diving over the defender to finish with aplomb.

With four clean breaks, and a total of five defenders left in his wake in Friday’s demolition, the return of Baloucoune could make all the difference as the Irish side look to continue their impressive start to the Guinness PRO14 season.

Injury permitting, the young Irishman could be a shrewd investment for any fantasy team as the busy festive period looms large.

The 22-year-old pipped John Porch of Connacht to first place, with the Australian racking up 16.15 points after scoring two tries in a 24-12 defeat of Isuzu Southern Kings.

Zebre fly-half Carlo Canna was third on 14.86, after his man of the match display in the Italian side’s 39-12 defeat of Dragons at Rodney Parade.


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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