Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 17

Denny Solomona

Denny Solomona

Hello, it’s another fallow week in the Six Nations, therefore my Team of the Week is back again.

1 – Greg Bateman (Leicester)
In my opinion, he is the Premiership Player of the Month, he’s been unstoppable in attack scoring 2 absolute crackers this month and nearly scored another against Quins. He has also been a vital cog in defence and scrum-time, a great player who just embodies the ethos of the game.

2 – Tom Cruse (Wasps)
His individual brilliance saved Wasps from a surprise home defeat to Premiership strugglers London Irish, his set-piece work garnered him a try from the rolling maul and a second by charging down an Exiles’ exit kick, punting the ball nicely before dotting down under the posts.

3 – Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)
The Chiefs’ front row continued Saracens’ scrum wretchedness this season, and Welsh international Francis stakes a claim for Warren Gatland by being at the heart of the demolition of Sarries’ famed wolfpack.

4 – Calum Green (Newcastle)
This guy was in a rich vein of form at the beginning of the season but has been somewhat quiet for a few rounds. Nonetheless, his dominance of the skies in the lineout proved yet again crucial to the Flying Falcons’ cause. He was also excellent in defence and made a good turnover to boot.

5 – James Horwill (Harlequins)
A captain’s innings from the former Wallaby who was central to Harlequins’ effort and lasted the entire game making a huge number of tackles and throwing himself at the defensive wall if required.

6 – James Chisholm (Harlequins)
Very hungry performance from the former England U20 star, who made a lot of metres often with several Bath defenders on his back and also made a few crucial tackles as well, his most significant one holding up Zach Mercer superbly over the tryline.

7 – Jake Polledri (Gloucester)
The sheer power this guy has is impressive, he broke through 3 tackles and ran about 40 metres. He also was at the heart of Gloucester’s brutal dominance at the breakdown. It’s a shame that Gloucester couldn’t capitalise on his exploits enough to win the game but the potential he has is undeniable. Will he play for Italy or will he do a Lawrence Dallaglio?

8 – Alafoti Fa’osiliva (Worcester)
Despite being on the losing side, Fa’osiliva was definitely a beast to contend with for the Tigers’ defence. He scored the Warriors’ only try off the back of the rolling maul and made two huge breaks which could have resulted in more points for Worcester had they not overplayed their attack and lost possession.

9 – Mickey Young (Newcastle)
What a performance from the seasoned scrum-half, set up one try with good footwork and pace and scored his own in classic scrum-half fashion with a cheeky show-and-go before rolling back the years to dot down.

10 – Joe Simmonds (Exeter)
The younger brother of No 8 flyer Sam, he certainly proved why Rob Baxter was right to give him the shot to start at flyhalf and he was sublime: making 30 metres and scoring 12 points off the tee in a man-of-the-match performance

11 – Tim Visser (Harlequins)
Read the Bath’s gameplan as he intercepted a pass brilliantly and outgunned everyone easily to score under the posts. But also he was assured in the air to collect Bath’s box kicks and never gave up in defence, along with the rest of his teammates.

12 – Josh Matavesi (Newcastle)
The Fijian was powerful both in attack and in defence and could be relied upon easily to kick the ball, which he did with efficiency and skill.

13 – Manu Tuilagi (Leicester)
Despite a quiet opening 20 minutes from the England international, the other 60 was probably the best we’ve seen from Tuilagi in years. He made a few thundering and powerful breaks setting up one try and getting his deserved try by smuggling over the line off the ruck.

14 – Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Solomona has been quiet this season but has been back with a bang these past two weeks. He scored a hat-trick in a man of the match performance, his first try a nice finish, his 2nd try one of the best counterattacks I’ve seen all season and his 3rd and final try a simple finish in the corner.

15 – Telusa Veainu (Leicester)
I think Veainu tends to have a stormer every Worcester game to be honest (remember those tries he scored last season and the season before), his footwork and pace in the lead up to Tiger’s first try was scintillating, his collection of Toomua’s chip was niche for the bonus point try and his chip and gather for his 2nd was class.

By Jacob Bassford

10 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Team of the Week – Round 17

  1. Here is hoping, for the 100th time, that Tuilagi can stay fit and get a sufficient amount of game time under his belt. He’s looking leaner and quicker and is certainly a player England could do with in the midfield.

  2. Some good calls. Nice to see top grafters like Bateman, Green, Chisholm and Young recognised. And Manu is improving, slowly, but there are encouraging signs.
    But no Cowan-Dickie at hooker? For me, he was the best player on the pitch for an hour in the Exeter-Saracens game.

      1. No cap though so still fair game

        Hopefully he looks at England’s 7 choices and thinks he’s got a good chance

        I think most players would rather be a Dallaglio than a Parisse given the choice?

  3. I think chisholm and polledri could both have a significant impact on the England squad if given the chance, certainly Chisholm pace would be welcome in the back row if he continues as he is


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