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Ulster winger Craig Gilroy's bit of wizardry earns Try of Year award

By Michael Sadlier

Craig Gilroy's wonder try against the Scarlets back in February was given due recognition at last night's Guinness PRO12 awards ceremony when the Ulsterman made off with the Sky Sports Try of the Year trophy.

The 24-year-old scooped the honour at the Dublin ceremony after scoring from a mesmerising run at the Kingspan Stadium in the 25-20 win over the Welsh side.

His efforts were also clearly a huge hit with the public with Gilroy registering over 60% of the vote.

It has certainly been a memorable season for the winger who became the youngest Ulster player to make 100 appearances for the province while he was out on his own as the PRO12's leading try scorer until last weekend when the Ospreys' Rhys Webb drew level with him on 11 touchdowns.

Indeed, Webb pipped Gilroy and Munster's CJ Stander for the top accolade of the night, the Players' Player of the Season award.

Gilroy is hoping to play a full part in Friday's PRO12 semi-final at Glasgow after missing out on last Saturday's defeat to the same opposition and the previous home draw with Munster due to a tweaked hamstring.

His high profile season has also seen Gilroy named in the PRO12's Dream Team along with Ulster skipper Rory Best and Franco van der Merwe.

Edinburgh's Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was named the Young Player of the Season while Coach of the Season went to Glasgow's Gregor Townsend.

Leinster's Ian Madigan secured the Rhino Golden Boot while Connacht won the Specsavers Fair Play Award.

Full list of winners: Players' Player of the Season: Rhys Webb (Ospreys). Young Player of the Season: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh). Coach of the Season: Gregor Townsend (Glasgow). Chairman's Award: Alastair Kellock (Glasgow). Sky Sports Try of the Season: Craig Gilroy (Ulster). Rhino Golden Boot: Ian Madigan (Leinster). Rhino Collision Kings: Glasgow. Specsavers Fair Play Award: Connacht.

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