15: Nick Abendanon (Bath)
Abendanon must curse the strength in this area for the national side, as he has surely been the form player in his position this season. Question marks will always remain about his defense, but his pace and eye for a gap are second to none. Both were in evidence for his try, as well as a breathtaking break in the second half.
14: Christian Wade (London Wasps)
The Wasps flyer added to his try tally on Sunday with a superb individual finish after some good work form his forwards. Collecting the ball on the halfway line, he skipped past two defenders with outrageously little space to work with to cross for Wasps’ third try.
13: Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
The Saracens centre has been added to the England squad this week and it is not hard to see why. Some direct running as well as a beautiful pass for Mako Vunipola’s second try contributed to a fine performance from Tomkins.
12: Kyle Eastmond (Bath)
It is a testament to how well Eastmond has taken to Premiership rugby that Bath feel comfortable playing him across the back-line. This week it was inside centre, and a couple of smart breaks allied with good defensive work added up to a strong performance from the utility back.
11: Marland Yarde (London Irish)
One of the finds of the season, Marlon Yarde again starred in a London Irish team that could not back up his potential. Seeing an opportunity he took a quick line-out in his own twenty-two, and featured heavily in a length-of-the-field try that will be one of the best this season.
10: Tom Heathcote (Bath)
Young Heathcote steered his Bath side to their sixth win in all competitions in a row, a fine run by anyone’s standards. He contributed 17 points in a brilliant kicking display, and also threw a beautifully weighted pass out to Nick Abendanon for him to cross the line.
9: Danny Care (Harlequins)
Care took out all his frustration at being sat on the bench for England with a fine display for Harlequins. He fizzed passes away from the breakdown and his partnership with Ben Botica turned out to be a match-winning one. Scored a superb solo score also.
1: Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
In a weekend where many a front-row forward crossed the line, Vunipola outdid everyone with a brace of his own – quite an achievement for a prop. Another man to throw down a marker to Stuart Lancaster and his selectors.
2: John Smit (Saracens)
Part of an all-Saracens front row in this team, Smit was more visible this week than he has been at times in the past since joining Saracens. He may not have scored a try, unlike his props either side of him, but Smit still played a big hand in them with some bustling runs in the tight that helped Sarries get over the gain-line. From there it was a case of quick ball leading to some much-needed tries.
3: Matt Stevens (Saracens)
Another of the front-row union to get on the scoresheet this week, Stevens’ try was impressive not just for its power. It was the line he picked and the angle of the run that was most notable, showing the awareness and execution any centre would have been proud of.
4: Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
An important Saints victory was defined by forward domination. Nothing typifies this more than Samu Manoa, the giant American who started at blind-side at the weekend but is equally as comfortable in the engine room. He bundled over from short range at the back of a maul, and then contributed to the penalty try; both decisive interventions.
5: Marco Wentzel (London Wasps)
The South African Wentzel is as important to Wasps as any man is to their club. Soaring the airwaves in the line-out and with deceptive pace and skill in the loose, Wentzel was again at the heart of another impressive Wasps win.
6: Ashley Johnson (London Wasps)
The unsung hero of Wasps’ back-row was finally rewarded this weekend with his first Premiership try. Johnson found himself in the right place at the right time to rumble over from a well-worked driving maul, which contributed to a good all-round display.
7: Dan Braid (Sale Sharks)
The ex-New Zealander will be pivotal in Sale’s bid for survival as we approach the business end of the season, and has already proved his worth with two tries in his short time at the club. Played on the other flank at the weekend but deserves a space in this team for his role in a turnaround of fortunes for the beleaguered Manchester club.
8: Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
Completing the Vunipola double is younger brother Billy. A well-rounded performance included a brutishly powerful try from the back of a scrum, and a beautiful pass to Christian Wade in the build-up to his try that any back would have been proud of.
By Jamie Hosie
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