JUDGEMENT DAY TEAM OF THE WEEKEND... There was some great rugby on Judgement Day and some outstanding individual performances. Rugby correspondent SIMON THOMAS has run the rule over the four regions and picked his team of the weekend.
Byline: SIMON THOMAS
15. Liam Williams (Scarlets) - Dan Evans had a fine game for the Ospreys', but Williams' sparkling Man of the Match display against the Dragons demands selection.
14. Ben John (Ospreys) - John had already impressed in the centre when he moved to the wing, where he scored his try. Just had to find a spot for him in my team.
13. Tyler Morgan (Dragons) - The Dragons' one real bright attacking spark. Morgan scored their solitary try, has all the raw materials and is only going to get better.
12. Scott Williams (Scarlets) - He always runs such good lines and he was rewarded for his support running as he took Liam Williams' superb flick up to race over.
11. Tom Grabham (Ospreys) - The 23-year-old has real gas, as he showed by scorching in for his try. Deserves his place in this side, so I've switched him to the left wing.
10. Dan Biggar (Ospreys) - Paved the way for one try with a searing break, sped in for a score of his, finished with 16 points and quite simply ran the show. A masterclass.
9. Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) - It's good to see Williams getting back to the kind of lively, darting form that used to see him as a regular member of the Welsh squad.
1. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) - Making his first regional start since October, the fit-again Smith delivered a juddering hand-off on Joaquin Tuculet before putting Dan Evans over. 2. Ken Owens (Scarlets) - Leading by example, it was Owens who turned the tide against the Dragons with his bullocking try. His return from a long lay-off has been very welcome. 3. Peter Edwards (Scarlets) - The 18st 5lbs Edwards may not be built for speed, but he did a job for the Scarlets at the scrum where they had the upper hand over the Dragons.
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) - You really wouldn't want to play against Ball. He carries hard every time he goes forward and brings an old-school abrasive edge to his second row play. 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) - His rampaging run upfield, ball in one hand, was a highlight of the day, topped off by his scoring return pass to Biggar. A real talismanic figure.
6. Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) - Another player making a welcome return from injury. Played his part as the Scarlets took charge of the breakdown and showed off his athleticism. 8. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) - In a dire season for the Blues, has shone like a beacon. Yet again, he was their stand-out player, capping his display by handing off Baldwin and sprinting over.
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) - Revelled in the open nature of the game against the Blues, popping up all over the park and giving the scoring pass to send Ben John in at the corner.
From left, Tyler Morgan, Dan Biggar and Lloyd Williams <B
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Apr 27, 2015|
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