The powerful Wallaby produced a master class against Harlequins at the London Stadium in a hard fought win for Saracens. Skelton crossed the white wash for his first two tries for the club, carried on 17 occasions and made five tackles. His work in the engine room was noticeable throughout the contest and this was highlighted by his contribution in attack with a gain of 33 metres, beating four defenders and offloading on six occasions. In the absence of England kicks Kruis and Itoje, Skelton came to the fore and provided the Saracens coaching staff with a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s Champions Cup Quarter Final with Glasgow Warriors.
Coming off a heavy seven weeks of Six Nations action with England, Vunipola hit the ground running with his club side in strong fashion. He completed 80 minutes for Saracens and his injury problems have subsided him for the time being, allowing him to produce textbook performances for club and country. He played in all five Six Nations matches and was the tournament’s leading carrier overall. Back to today’s win, Billy was a ball carrying wrecking ball, pitching in with 22 for a massive gain of 62 metres and two defenders beaten.
The Harlequins youngster was called into Six Nations camp by Eddie Jones for the final rounds of action and it certainly won’t be long until he makes his senior debut for England. He ran the show in the opening half, slotting a penalty and converting his own self-made try. As the England Head Coach sat on the sidelines at the London Stadium, Smith took the opportunity to convince the national coach he’s ready for the big stage.