Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 13

Billy Vunipola

1 – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Vunipola was indeed a happy man on Sunday with a thumping away win over Wasps, he hold his own in the tight and, along with his brother, powerful in the scrum.

2 – Kyle Cooper (Newcastle)
This South African has been an inspired signing from the Falcons, and powered over the tryline to all but seal the victory for Falcons.

3 – Dan Cole (Leicester)
This stalwart is playing out of his skin at the moment and on Saturday dominated in the scrum and carried quite well. Currently there is no tighthead anyone near him at the moment in the England camp.

4 – James Philips (Bath)
A yellow card for his team’s accumulative offences can be easily forgiven as he brought so much physicality to Bath on Friday night and scored a immensely powerful try by bursting through four defenders to score probably one of the best individual tries from a second rower that you will ever see in the Premiership.

5 – Michael Rhodes (Saracens)
Rhodes has made a huge return from injury and Wasps were powerless to halt his and Vunipola’s ball-carrying, a very robust and hearted performance from the South African.

6 – Teimana Harrison (Northampton)
Harrison was back at his crazy, leg-driving abrasive best that inspired a pride-restoring victory over Gloucester.

7 – Jake Polledri (Gloucester)
Despite being on the loosing side, Polledri didn’t fail to disappoint and continued his rise to prominence on Saturday by being very robust in the loose and made an excellent carry to set in motion John Afoa’s try.

8 – Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Vunipola showed us what we have been missing so far this season, after a lengthy injury lay off, the England international was very powerful in the loose which set up a platform for his halfbacks to thrive upon.

9 – Chris Cook (Bath)
Cook was very slick on Friday night, being very accurate and quick with his passing from the base of the ruck and the scrum and doing some outstanding link plays, therefore influential in a few of Bath’s tries.

10 – Harry Mallinder (Northampton)
Northampton’s star utility back was instrumental in Northampton’s crucial victory over Gloucester, stringing together some lovely phrases of attack whilst still being an attacking threat himself.

11 – Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle)
The Falcons winger was sensational on Sunday, leaving James Short for dead with outrageous footwork to score in the corner, forward pass or not you have got to admire Sinoti’s sidesteps in the process.

12 – Johan Ranse van Rensburg (Sale)
van Rensburg carried wholeheartedly against Harlequins and scored twice very well with defenders all over him to secure a nail-biting win over a determined Quins outfit.

13 – Ben Tapuai (Bath)
Tapuai was back with a bang for Bath on Friday night, constantly a ball-carrying threat in the backline and solid defence wise too.

14 – Vereniki Geneva (Newcastle)
Goneva intercepted wonderfully and raced away to score in what was a sensational 1st half for the Falcons and was constantly a threat ball in hand during the game.

15 – Alex Goode (Saracens)
Goode was pure class on Sunday, collecting superbly a Tolofua attempted offload to score in the corner for his 1st try and exploiting a hole in the defence and beat Christian Wade’s tackle to score his second. He completely outmatched his opponent in the ‘15 shirt, Willie le Roux, on the big occasion.

By Jacob Bassford

3 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 13

  1. Other the fact that Rhodes played 6….
    Move him back and put another returning Saracens, Itoje, in at 5 and yep can’t disagree with that side (although Vincent Koch was imperious at tight too.)

  2. Thomas Young was the best 7 on view over the weekend, never stopped running, supporting, running support lines, unlucky not to get a try and did not give up despite being on the wrong side of the score line.

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