Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 10


1 – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Vunipola made a welcome return for the Saracens on Sunday, carrying really strongly and holding up his own in the scrum.

2 – Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter)
Made a resounding return from injury for the Chiefs, being ever-present in the carry and scoring a try from close-range. Could he step up to be another option for England again?

3 – Dan Cole (Leicester)
It doesn’t matter that his side lost, Cole was outstanding for Tigers being ever-solid in the scrum but made some big hits in defence as well.

4 – Calum Green (Newcastle)
Green ran Newcastle’s lineout superbly on Friday night and was key to Newcastle morale-restoring victory over struggling Northampton.

5 – James Gaskell (Wasps)
Gaskell carried really well on Saturday evening, often wrongfooting the defence to get his team on the front foot.

6 – Nizaam Carr (Wasps)
The South African filled in superbly for Nathan Hughes, carrying consistently and ran a magnificent line to score a great try. That said though, his opposite number Kalamafoni wasn’t too bad either.

7 – Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Robshaw was an absolute workhorse on Sunday night making tackle after tackle and carry after carry and setting up his side for a nail-biting victory over Saracens.

8 – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter)
It’s becoming really interesting that both Waldrom and Sam Simmonds are in great form at the moment at the Chiefs, while on Saturday the Tank Engine constantly put Bath on the back foot and burst through the defence to score a try.

9 – Danny Care (Harlequins)
Care was absolutely brilliant on Sunday night, his kicking was pinpoint accurate enabling his wingers to score their way to victory. He seems to be pushing Ben Youngs very hard for the England 9 jersey, showing off his improved kicking game.

10 – Billy Burns (Gloucester)
Billy was fabulous on Saturday, scoring two really good individual tries and setting up Henry Purdy with a perfectly weighted cross-field kick.

11 – Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle)
Sinoti scored a wonderful try by bursting through one defender and carrying another two to score a superb individual try. He also made the try-scoring offload to Josh Matavesi and made another slick break down the blind-side, his best performance for a while.

12 – Josh Matavesi (Newcastle)
In a man-of-the-match performance, Matavesi carried so well and got his team past the gainline on numerous occasions, and he finished a scintillating team try. A few charged-down kicks can be forgiven but overall wonderful stuff from the Fijian centre.

13 – Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
Joseph sparked to life a comeback for Bath against Exeter scoring his own try and setting up Anthony Watson with a perfectly judged grubber kick.

14 – Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
Walker was electric on Sunday, gathering an outstanding box kick from Care to score his first try and then outpacing everyone in the Sarries’ backline to grab Care’s punt to score his second.

15 – Anthony Watson (Bath)
Watson showed once again why he’s vying for the England fullback position with a resounding performance on Saturday despite being on the losing side, scoring his own try and being solid under the high ball.

By Jacob Bassford

8 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 10

  1. Not feeling the love for Polledri and Ludlow again!
    I fully accept that I am slightly biased and it was only against London Irish and 14 men in the second half, so tongue half in cheek, but they are tearing up trees at the moment.

    1. Polledri was close to making it in and don’t get me wrong him and Ludlow have been excellent players for the Cherries & Whites this season, but they have just missed out this week

  2. Burns was obviously good for Gloucester but Cips was brilliant at the weekend. A few brilliant touches leading to tries and in a much tougher fixture. Impressive considering he’s only just back from injury!

    1. Good to see Cips back, even if I’ve never been a great supporter of him for England. Burns however did play pretty much his best game ever for Glos this week. Ackermann is just getting so much out of the players at the moment. They all seem to be performing above their previous levels. Rather pleasant after years of being less than the sum of their parts! Well for a Glos supporter it is.

      1. Yes it’s good to see that Gloucester are improving so much however I have a feeling the SARU might come knocking on the door for Ackermann to become Bokke Head Coach

        1. Yes, thanks for that Jacob! Something all Glos supporters are aware of, but I have it the back of my mind that JA has said that he wouldn’t take the SA job if offered for some time. I guess it is another thing if approached, but he does seem like a very principled individual. I guess he also recognises that experience is vital before taking such a big job. Am hoping so!

          1. Not sure he would want the SA job at present. Something of a poisoned chalice with so many good players abroad and a quota system.

          2. The Saffa press are appealing for a Kiwi coach I think, I reckon if all else fails either the Stormers’ Head coach Robbie Fleck or the Springboks DOR Rassie Erasmus however Fleck isn’t up to it in my opinion and Erasmus is busy trying to bring back Vermulean and hopefully Le Roux

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