Team of the week. Guinness Pro 14. Week 14
Amongst the 6 Nations games, this weekend was the return of the Guinness Pro 14 competition. With many sides understrength with many players on international duty, it challenged all sides. Unfortunately, only one Welsh pro side got the win in this round, that being Cardiff Blues who defeated The Toyota Cheetahs. Here is our team of the week this week, none of our decisions had to go to a TMO fortunately 😉
15/ Hallam Amos – Dragons. Fine performance from the full-back/winger. Set up a try and looked strong and confident all evening. Has to be in the mix for selection for Wales v Ireland game. A mention also for Rhun Williams of the Cardiff Blues. Has had a few injuries but now fit and a real talent in the back three.
14/ Aled Summerhill – Cardiff Blues – Fine performance from the young winger on Saturday evening. Always looking dangerous with ball in hand.
13/ Garyn Smith – Cardiff Blues. Another strong showing from the centre. His core skill set is very strong, good in defence and a good footballing brain in the attack.
12/ Rey Lee-Lo – Cardiff Blues. Scored a try and was dangerous all evening. Smith and Lee-Lo are quickly becoming the first choice centre pairing for Cardiff Blues, which will be a challenge to Willis Halaholo when returns from injury.
11/ Dafydd Howells – Ospreys. Took his try very very well. A winger who has been off the radar for a while, but with performances like this could well find himself back into the first team on a regular basis.
10/ Jarrod Evans – Cardiff Blues. On current form one of the top attacking fly-halves in the league. Takes the ball right up to the line and defenders are unsure if going to make a break on his own or offload. Needs to work on his tactical kicking game, but a real talent.
9/ Lloyd Williams – Cardiff Blues. Been off form for a few weeks but last night his overall game was back to it’s best. Strong performance.
1/ Rhodri Jones – Ospreys. Moved back to loosehead and put in his best performance for a long time. Scrummaged well and prominent in the loose. Keep him at loosehead!
2/ Matthew Rees – Cardiff Blues. “Smiler” yet again put in a commanding performance. He and Elliot Dee in the League have been the best hookers in Wales. When Rees went off the set piece for Cardiff Blues really struggled, shows just what a difference he makes being in the side.
3/ Dmitri Arhip – Ospreys. The Moldovan when he leaves the Ospreys will be a big loss. Does the basics so well and is a good ball carrier. An excellent signing the Ospreys made with this player.
4/ Lloyd Ashley – Ospreys. Strong physical effort from the Welsh lock in a losing cause. A mention also for Joes Davies of the Dragons, who put in a real shift making 18 tackles in total.
5/ Seb Davies – Cardiff Blues. The young lock has been missing with a virus but is now back playing and last night yet again showed what a real talent Wales have on their hands with this second rower.
6/ Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets. In a very disappointing performance from the Scarlets today one player can come away from Italy pleased with his performance and that man is the Munster bound, Tadhg Beirne. A mention also for a player fast becoming one of our favourites, Aaron Wainwright for the Dragons. Another strong showing especially on Friday night in defence, 18 tackles made.
7/ Will Jones – Ospreys. Getting a run of games and we are seeing that we have another openside flanker that you can add to the mix, Will Jones. Very intelligent footballer and a nuisance at the breakdown. Impressive.
8/ Nick Williams – Cardiff Blues. Barnstorming performance from the big number 8 last night. Scored a try, and was in fine form all night. A mention also for Harrison Keddie of the Dragons. Keddie has had a spate of injuries but showed signs of the form that stood him out as a player for the future when playing for Wales U20’s a few years ago.
So there you have our team of the week. Agree/Disagree? Let us know.