15: Luke Arscott (Exeter Chiefs)
Fielded a bobbling ball and then ran it back too hard and fast for the shocked Harlequins defence. Danced his way around flailing defenders to cross for the try that sealed the most unlikely of victories for the Chiefs.
14: Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
Should have had a brace, but had to settle for one and a penalty try for his team. Showed outrageous pace to beat Charlie Sharples in a foot race, and then jinked his way to the line in the second half. Has stupid hair, but with finishing abilities the likes of which he possesses, who cares?
13: Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Shifted out of position due to Bowden’s brilliance, Eastmond is rapidly becoming a high-class Premiership centre. In a ding-dong derby in the West Country on Friday night Eastmond showed fantastic finishing ability to round the last defender after some smart work from Heathcote.
12: Dan Bowden (Leicester Tigers)
Two assists from the midfield maestro who is starting to look at home in a Leicester shirt. His deft grubber through would have set Adam Thompstone up were it not for Brady’s illegal tackle, and a fizzing pass sent centre partner Matt Smith over for the bonus point try.
11: Jamie Elliot (Northampton Saints)
Got the ball rolling for the Saints will a smartly-finished try in the first half, bulldozing his way over some fairly meek Irish defence. His second showcased all his pace and in the dying minutes he showed good awareness and composure to latch onto Lamb’s chip and grab his hattrick.
10: Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs)
An epic victory for the Chiefs at the Stoop on Saturday was masterminded by the Irish fly-half, who kicked his goals with aplomb and made sure his team played in the right areas of the pitch. Also showed previously unseen pace and fantastic footwork to make a couple of great breaks in the second period. Mention to Tom Heathcote who was equally superb for Bath.
9: Jonny Arr (Worcester Warriors)
Threw a couple of wayward passes in the first half but shored up later on, and darted over from close range for a vitally important try that saw the Warriors over the line and out of an alarming losing streak.
1: Soane Tonga’uiha (Northampton Saints)
The massive Tongan Tonga’uiha is never far away from the action, and capped an all action display with a well-taken try this weekend. Powering over from short range, he finished a well-worked line-out move that saw the Saints start to move away from London Irish.
2: Thomas Rhys Thomas (London Wasps)
It was ultimately a futile effort, but Thomas put in a massive shift for Wasps on Friday night, crossing the line twice but with the absence of a TMO only being rewarded once. A close call, which on another day could have seen Wasps to victory. Still, it was a top performance from the Welshman.
3: Matt Stevens (Saracens)
The best potbelly in rugby was throwing itself around again on Sunday, making headway into London Welsh. Saracens enjoyed dominance in the scrum and as always the tight-head must take a certain amount of praise for that.
4: Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
A brace is a brilliant effort by anyone’s standards, but for a second row it is even more impressive. The first one was all about power and the second showcased a beautiful, curving outside break that most centres would be proud of. An accomplished all-round performance from the lock.
5: Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
Was wearing six on Saturday, but really it makes no difference what number the giant American has on his back. He is a fiercely powerful ball carrier and was at the heart of a Saints pack that bullied their Exile counterparts into submission. Also dived over for a useful try. Mention to Damian Welch of Exeter who crashed over for at a vital time to take his side into the lead and ultimately to an unlikely victory against Quins.
6: Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
The rangy England flanker looked some way back to his best against Sale this weekend. A powerful tackle and subsequent pilfering of the ball led to the bonus point try, and he showed some neat touches around the park too. Starting to answer his critics who say he isn’t willing enough to get his hands dirty.
7: Will Fraser (Saracens)
This is a highly impressive player in the making. A big man, he is remarkably effective at the break down for his size. Add to that a well taken try and he contributed to a further torrid turn in the London Welsh story.
8: Blair Cowan (Worcester Warriors)
Worcester’s big Kiwi back-rower barged over from short range to cap some fine work from the Worcester pack after an powerful rolling maul. Cowan was to be found at the back of that, too, directing the ball to the line.
By Jamie Hosie
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