Champions Cup - Team of the Weekend

Champions Cup - Team of the Weekend
  1. Alex Goode - Saracens

Entered the attacking line at pace, asking questions of Leinster’s backline on Sunday afternoon. Was effective on the counter-attack as well on a day when the Saracens fans didn’t have a lot to shout about.

  1. Andrew Conway - Munster

Great hit on Tuisova in the first half prevented a certain try. Piled on a lot of pressure with his chasing of Munster’s kicks in behind. Missed a tackle on Radrada which almost allowed to Fijian to get over. He made up for it with his piece of magic at the death, which snatched the victory for the home side.

  1. Sam Arnold – Munster

Played above himself to match the attacking prowess of Bastereaud with solid defence on Saturday. Was ineffective in attack up against a much bigger centre partnership but his main goal on the day had to be to stop the axis of the Toulon captain and former All-Black, Ma’a Nonu.

  1. Isa Nacewa - Leinster

Set up Garry Ringrose’s early try with a great break and pass inside against Saracens on Sunday. Was unlucky not to glide through the defence in the 2nd half, when Farrell just managed to dislodge the ball from his grasp.

  1. Marc Andreu – Racing 92

Andreu was in scintillating form up against Clermont on Sunday afternoon. Going forward, Andreu was almost untouchable beating 7 defenders from just 5 runs. His try was pivotal in helping Racing secure the victory against a strong Clermont side.

  1. Ian Keatley – Munster

Distributed well throughout the game on Saturday, as he stood up on a day when a lot was asked of him in the pivotal role. A good grubber in behind put Toulon under pressure and got Munster their first try. His tactical kicking was executed perfectly and he also had a 100% success rate from the tee.

  1. Conor Murray – Munster

Showed great rugby-nous to score the first try of the game, against Toulon, when Guirado knocked on at the back of the ruck. He pounced on it to get the momentum of the game back in Munster’s favour. Toulon dealt with his box kicks well in general today but Munster still managed to win a couple back, which put them on the front-foot.

  1. CJ Stander - Munster

Good carrying early on put Toulon under pressure. Unlucky not to score in the left corner after 13 minutes as he was driven into touch. Continued to make great ground throughout the game, taking his tally to 30m from a massive 15 carries.

  1. Dan Leavy - Leinster

Went over for a great try early in the 2nd half. Made another clean break later in the half that led to Leinster’s 3rd try. His great counter-rucking won the ball back for his side on a couple of occasions. Was awarded the MOTM award for his efforts on Sunday.

  1. Peter O’Mahony – Munster

The Munster talisman is most definitely the most prolific back-row in the lineout in world rugby at the moment. He won 8 for his side and stole 2 of Toulon’s to put pressure on their set-piece. He also carried well up against a bigger back row and caused the visitors some problems at the breakdown as well.

  1. James Ryan – Leinster

Played with great attrition in every action on Sunday afternoon. Making aggressive tackles and carrying with intent. Showed how good his skills are to setup Leavy’s try with a deft inside pass. His fantastic carrying created the space which led to Lowe’s try in the 2nd half. He also helped the winger over the try-line with a powerful drive.

  1. Leone Nakarawa – Racing 92

Nakarawa was instrumental in Racings win over Clermont. He beat a total of 5 defenders and managed to score a slick try after he broke the line and showed some impressive wheels. His offloading game was also alive and well and proved difficult for Clermont to deal with. 

  1. Tadhg Furlong - Leinster

Solid in the scrum, up against his Lions partner Vunipola. Great tackles in the loose gave Leinster opportunities to get the ball back. He is so much more than the conventional tighthead prop.

  1. Ken Owens – Scarlets

The standout performer in an impressive Scarlets forward pack performance. Very accurate at the lineout, consistently providing his backline with an excellent attacking platform. Thoroughly deserving of the man of the match award.

  1. Mako Vunipola - Saracens

Made some great carries and dominant hits throughout the game against Leinster. Again, worked well as a link man, feeding the ball to Farrell on a plate, from screen plays.

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