RaboDirect Pro12 Team of the Week: Round 21

15. Tom Prydie (Dragons)
Prydie was the star of the show for the Dragons, helping himself to 17 points (one try and five conversions) and ending a run of four defeats in a row for the Welsh side. Munster made dramatic changes to the side who lost to Leinster the previous week with a younger side running out at Rodney Parade but those changes don’t deflect from the talent and skill shown by the impressive Prydie.

14. Johne Murphy (Munster)
One of the main attacking threats posed by a Munster side which featured twelve new faces following the loss to Leinster. Murphy bagged two excellent tries helping Munster get to within six points of the Dragons but lacked the supporting cast to keep the Irishmen in the hunt for a top four finish.

13. Stuart Olding (Ulster)
Emerging talent Olding made it four tries in six RaboDirect PRO12 games to help Ulster beat a resilient Connacht side and move closer to those all important home semi-final play-off places. The 20-year old displayed some wonderful skill to halt a spirited Connacht side who gave has hard as they could, pushing Ulster all the way to the final whistle.

12. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)
Davis bagged a try either side of half-time to keep the Scarlets in the race for a play-off spot. The Scarlet win means that their hopes of reaching the play-offs are in their own hands going into the final round only needing a win over Treviso at Parc Y Scarlets on Friday night to wrap up fourth spot.

11. Fionn Carr (Leinster)
Carr, along with Nacewa, Sexton, McFadden, Denton and Ryan all set Leinster on the way to an impressive victory over bottom of the table Zebre keeping the Irishmen one point ahead of Glasgow in the all important home play-off spots. Carr displayed excellent speed, ball handling and defensive work to prevent any real attacking threats being formed by Zebre.

10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)
Back from injury, Sexton kicked 16 points (five conversions and two penalties) sealing a bonus-point win for Leinster. The talented fly-half showed exactly what Leinster have been missing as he kicked beautifully, distributed well and with pinpoint accuracy. He let loose the likes of O’Driscoll, Goodman, Carr and Mcfadden with brilliant playmaking and decision making to record an impressive and important win.

9. Nikola Matawalu (Glasgow)
Pulled all the strings for Glasgow as they comfortably finished off the Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night. Matawalu presented quick, easy ball for the likes of Barclay, Harley and Strauss to power up the gut while also letting Weir, Lamont, Morrison and Hogg free to slice through the poor Osprey defence.

1. Ryan Grant (Glasgow)
One of the forward pillars for Glasgow who held strong to keep a talented Ospreys pack at bay. Grant scrummaged well while putting in a solid defensive effort keeping the game well within Glasgow’s control for most of the contest. Another impressive performance from one of the top props in the PRO12.

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso)
Helped to keep the Italian side in the match with an excellent overall performance. Rucked with determination, keeping his penalty count down while disrupting and slowing Edinburgh’s advancement. His team are no longer viewed as an easy win – they pose a real threat to all of the top sides home and away.

3. Jack McGrath (Leinster)
Put in a hard shift to help power Leinster to victory and another step closer to the PRO12 play-offs. McGrath asserted his dominance early on with solid defensive work and hard running, making those all important hard yards to keep Zebre under control. An impressive all round game from another of the competition’s top props.

4. Tom Denton (Leinster)
Another Impressive performance from one of Leinster’s pillars in the forward pack. Denton punished Zebre with expert tackling, skilful ball handling and an overall five star effort.

5. Alastair Kellock (Glasgow)
Glasgow relies heavily on its forward pack when the backs can’t seem to dance their way through opposition defences and Kellock always manages to create those all important holes for his teammates to exploit. The big lock put in a hard shift to make sure Glasgow came away with the win to keep pace with Leinster and Ulster at the top of the PRO12 table.

6. Dominic Ryan (Leinster)
Made sure that Zebre couldn’t get motoring, stuffing the Italians when they looked threatening. Ryan was all over the pitch putting in an excellent defensive showing while contributing brilliantly to the attack, grabbing himself a try.

7. Simone Favaro (Treviso)
Put in big hit after big hit keeping Edinburgh in check as the Italians held off a strong Edinburgh performance to make it a home and away double for Treviso over the Scots this season. Favaro never stopped for a moment’s rest, keeping Edinburgh guessing in defence while making sure the talented Edinburgh players found no way past the Treviso defensive line.

8. George Naoupu (Connacht)
One of Connacht’s better players grabbing himself a try but ultimately not having enough to keep his team in the match. Naoupu was impressive putting himself about the game disrupting Ulster the best he could in and out of the rucks. The dominating backrower was excellent all game giving his side a chance at taking another impressive PRO12 scalp.

By Alexander McLeman

4 thoughts on “RaboDirect Pro12 Team of the Week: Round 21

  1. Great group of players, would pay top $$$$ to see them all play. Can’t wait for the play-off’s

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