Two wins for the Welsh sides in the Guinness Pro League 14 this week, Cardiff Blues victory at home to Munster was particularly impressive, Ospreys also managed to pick up a win, in an overall poor performance but a victory. Scarlets pushed Leinster but ultimately came up short, but a really poor showing from the Dragons at home to Benetton, so a really mixed bag.
Some good individual performances were on show and taking all that into account here is the Welsh team of the week.
15. Rhun Williams – Cardiff Blues. The young player is back from injury and showed his attacking prowess on a number of occasions. A mention also for Dan Evans of the Ospreys who played well in a poor overall team display from the West Wales side.
14. Tom Prydie – Scarlets. Solid all around display from the Welsh international on the weekend. Solid in defence and linked up well in attack. Picked up an injury during the game which you hope will not mean any long absence for a player who has missed too much rugby in his career. A mention also for Aled Summerhill who is a fine footballer, and also for Rio Dyer of the Dragons. A young man who looks to have a lot of potential.
13. Garyn Smith – Cardiff Blues. Consistently plays well for the Cardiff Blues. His defence, in particular, is very strong but also has a good skill set in attack. A mention also for Paul Asquith who put in a strong performance for the Scarlets against Leinster.
12. Rey Lee-Lo – Cardiff Blues. A fine performance from the Samoan international. Carried strongly and he and Smith have a fine partnership going in on midfield for Cardiff Blues.
11. Owen Lane – Cardiff Blues. The young centre/winger goes from strength to strength. Was earmarked at the start of the season by Y- Ddraig as one to watch and we are pleased to say we were right.
10. Jarrod Evans – Cardiff Blues. Strong attacking performance from the young 10 on Saturday evening. Takes the ball up to the line really well and is playing with a lot of confidence.
9. Lloyd Williams – Cardiff Blues. Has been a return to form for the experienced 9 in recent weeks. Sharp of pass and looking dangerous with his sniping runs.
1. Dylan Evans – Scarlets. The third choice loosehead prop had an excellent game on Saturday afternoon. A mention also for his replacement on Saturday afternoon, the long forgotten Phil Price, who is on loan from the Dragons, on this showing how is he not starting for the Dragons?
2. Ryan Elias – Scarlets. Robust physical performance from the hooker on Saturday afternoon. Set piece went awry at times but good at ball carrying and was strong in defence.
3. Werner Kruger – Scarlets. The South African prop has been excellent when called upon for the Scarlets this season, and Saturday was no different.
4. George Earle – Cardiff Blues. Arguably his best performance of the season from the South African. Set piece went well and he carried really well. A very good performance. A mention also for Steve Cummins of the Scarlets who also played very well.
5. David Bulbring – Scarlets. Good all over the pitch Saturday. Popping up in the backs with some great offloads. A mention also for Seb Davies. The young lock with Earle was excellent against Munster, a Welsh lock international forward for many years to come.
6. Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets. What a performance yet again Saturday and what a player. Can do all you would expect of a lock/flanker. Ireland next season with him and Ian Henderson in the boiler room has so much potential. Just glad Beirne is not playing against us on Saturday. Mention also for Macauley Cook who scored a try and was excellent Saturday.
7. Ellis Jenkins – Cardiff Blues. Outstanding performance from the 7 on Saturday. Such an intelligent rugby player in defence and in attack with great vision. Plays in a position with so many good players and he is certainly that. A mention also for James Davies of the Scarlets for a very good performance on Saturday as well.
8. Nick Williams – Cardiff Blues. The big ball carrying 8 is in fine form at the moment and his performances have had a big impact on the improvements Cardiff Blues are making. Long may it continue.