The final round of regular Guinness Pro 14 was Judgement Day and at the conclusion, we saw victories for the Scarlets and the Ospreys. Who shone and gained inclusion in the final team of the week? Read on to find out.
The team of the Week.
15. Matthew Morgan – Cardiff Blues. Defensively we all know his frailties but in the attack, he is a joy to watch. In broken play is there a better counter attacker on the outside line between centre and wing? I don’t think so. Made metres in attack and had a fine game.
14. Jeff Hassler – Ospreys. He is leaving the Ospreys this summer and whoever picks him up has a winger who always gives 100% and will be a fan favourite wherever he goes. Does not have top-end speed but runs hard with no little skill. He has had a fine season.
13. Garyn Smith – Cardiff Blues. Not as physically imposing as some centres in the League but defensively is one of the best. Shuts down the outside option for the opposing 10 as good as anyone, also has a good skill set in attack and scored a fine try on Saturday.
12. Steve Shingler – Cardiff Blues. Gave Cardiff Blues another footballing option at 12 on Saturday and his grubber kick through for his centre partner Smith was outstanding off his weaker left foot. Kicked well all day and made his tackles. He is a fine squad player option for Cardiff Blues with his versatility.
11. Steff Evans – Scarlets. Got on the scoresheet with a try and was a constant problem for the Dragons all day with his ability to break the first tackle. Pops up all over the field. Another who has had a fine season.
10. Dan Biggar – Ospreys. A great battle to watch was the head to head with Biggar and Anscombe. Both had great games and Anscombe scored an outstanding try showing his outstanding running ability. However, Biggar all-around game gets him the selection. 21 points scored, a match-winning drop goal, excellent distribution and outstanding in defence. Wales is blessed with excellent number 10’s.
9. Lloyd Williams – Cardiff Blues. A swift service and a sharpness in his display on Saturday. A great battle for the number 9 shirt beckons for a number of years with Lloyd and Tomos on their books, going to be great to watch.
1. Rob Evans – Scarlets. Destroyed the Dragons in the scrum and his ball carrying and offloads were outstanding all day. An outstanding display from the loosehead prop.
2. Scott Otten – Ospreys. Some good performances from all the hookers on display on Saturday at The Principality Stadium but for me, Otten stood out. Tackled all day and made some strong carries as well as performing well at the set piece.
3. Samson Lee – Scarlets. Similarly to Evans, Lee destroyed the Dragons in the scrum and also was a real nuisance at the breakdown on opposition ball. A fine display.
4. Lewis Rawlins – Scarlets. Has not had much game time recently and certainly made the most of it on Saturday. Some great hits in defence and was to the fore throughout. Has the attributes to be a top player if he can just find the consistency.
5. Steve Cummins – Scarlets. The second rower was excellent on Saturday and was part of a Scarlets front five that totally dominated on Saturday. Another good recruit from the Scarlets.
6. Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets. Two tries from the Irishman on Saturday and yet again was outstanding. Some player.
7. Ollie Robinson – Cardiff Blues. His all-around game is excellent but particularly in defence. Makes his tackles but at the breakdown is simply outstanding. With so many back row options at Cardiff Blues will he gain a place in the matchday 23 in Bilbao? For me, he has to be.
8. James King – Ospreys. Carried strongly all day and put in a fine performance for the West Wales side.
So there you have it our final team of the week. Agree/Disagree?
This week we will be publishing our team of the season based on who has picked up most selections throughout the season, and also our player of the season based on Guinness Pro 14 League performances, who will get the nod? Keep an eye out on the site and on our social media pages.