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Benetton's story an incredible one to watch unfold


Kieran Crowley

Kieran Crowley

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Kieran Crowley

On Saturday, the rugby neutrals will all have been willing either of Benetton's late drop goal attempts to stay true and I was no different.

What a story the Italians have been for the PRO14 this season and they can consider themselves massively unlucky not to be advancing to the semis to take on Leinster in the RDS next Saturday.

Considering where they started, the journey the side have been on since Kieran Crowley came in has been incredible to watch from afar and it was no surprise to see the former All Black named Coach of the Year on Sunday night.

Their wingers are two devastating players, and a sign of how important it is to recruit well in this league, but throughout the entire season their rugby has been a breath of fresh air, as shown by the try from Ratuva Tavuyara against Munster in Thomond Park which was capped off with an incredible finish in the corner.

While still probably a tier below the likes of Leinster and Glasgow, they gave Munster a real scare but sometimes in those tight games it's just that past experience that you have to call upon.

They don't have it yet but hopefully Benetton will come again next season because it's important for the competition to have as diverse a set of challengers as possible.

Belfast Telegraph