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Bleyendaal Leading The Charge For PRO12 Golden Boot

13th April 2017 By The Editor

Tyler Bleyendaal kicks a penalty.

Tyler Bleyendaal kicks a penalty. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

As the fifth ‘BIG WEEKEND’ of the Guinness PRO12 season approaches in Round 20, Munster’s own Tyler Bleyendaal leads the pack in the race for the Rhino Golden Boot.

A concussion sustained in last weekend’s win over Glasgow Warriors could see Bleyendaal miss Saturday’s encounter with Ulster in Thomond Park at 3pm, while his two of his closest competitors – Sam Davies of Ospreys and Dan Jones of Scarlets – are in action at Judgement Day V at the Principality Stadium as they face their regional rivals Cardiff Blues and Newport-Gwent Dragons.

Glasgow Warriors’ Finn Russell is tied with Jones while just a fraction behind them is Leinster Rugby’s Isa Nacewa. Russell will try to improve his success rate against Zebre Rugby on Friday night while Nacewa will lead his team into the Sportsground against Connacht Rugby in Galway where the home team will be eager to mark John Muldoon’s 300th appearance with a win.

The prize, which will be presented at the Guinness PRO12 Awards in May, recognises the most accurate kicker in the Guinness PRO12 Championship and previous winners include Munster-man JJ Hanrahan,  Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Ian Madigan (Leinster Rugby) and Jonathan Sexton (Leinster Rugby).

To qualify for the Rhino Golden Boot players must attempt a minimum of 30 place kicks at goal and the player with the highest kick percentage will be crowned as the winner after Round 22.

PLAYER CLUB  Good  Att  Kick%
 Tyler Bleyendaal  Munster  52  59  88.14%
 Sam Davies  Ospreys  41  47  87.23%
 Dan Jones  Scarlets  26  31  83.87%
 Finn Russell  Glasgow Warriors  26  31  83.87%
 Isa Nacewa  Leinster  31  37  83.78%
 Ross Byrne  Leinster  27  34  79.41%
 Paddy Jackson  Ulster  29  37  78.38%
 Rhys Patchell  Scarlets  40  52  76.92%
 Steve Shingler  Cardiff Blues  46  60  76.67%
 Duncan Weir  Edinburgh Rugby  35  46  76.09%
 Angus O’Brien  Newport Gwent Dragons  34  45  75.56%
 Ruan Pienaar  Ulster  35  47  74.47%
 Tommaso Allan  Benetton Rugby Treviso  23  32  71.88%
 Carlo Canna  Zebre  28  42  66.67%
 Jack Carty  Connacht  21  33  63.64%

Munster v Ulster, Guinness PRO12 round 20, Saturday April 15 at Thomond Park, ko 3pm.

Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, or by calling 061 421103.

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