1 – Beno Obano (Bath)
The Bath loosehead was very good all around the field and particularly caught my eye with his strong ball-carrying.
2 – Dylan Hartley (Northampton)
The Saints Captain finally brought his England form in his club shirt, scoring a try and produced a solid game and he led a determined Northampton to successfully redeem themselves from Round 1’s shambles.
3 – Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
The returning Lions tourist proved once again how dynamic he is at the Stoop with stellar ball-carrying and set-piece work but also a lovely behind the back offload to Marcus Smith to set-up Dave Ward’s try.
4 – Calum Green (Newcastle)
Green’s work in the lineout and set-piece granted him a man-of-the-match award in the Falcons’ boring but crucial away victory over Sale Sharks.
5 – Courtney Lawes (Northampton)
Lawes has carried his form for the Lions onto the Saints and was constantly on the front-foot when carrying. He was one of the standouts that earned him Man-of-the-match in the pride-restoring victory over local rivals Leicester.
6 – Don Armand (Exeter)
Armand was at his usual ball-carrying best at Sandy Park on Saturday and scored two strong tries to help Exeter win a bonus-pout victory over Premiership returnees London Irish.
7 – Francois Louw (Bath)
Louw was at his best on Saturday and the South African flanker was a menace for Saracens to contend with at the breakdown and topped off his hard work with a nice try where he beat two defenders to score in the corner.
8 – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Hughes has carried on his form from the back-end of last season and was storming through Worcester’s line constantly on Sunday at Sixways. With Billy Vunipola still out with a shoulder injury, is Hughes the man to go to for the England No8 jersey in the Autumn Series?
9 – Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath Rugby)
Brought onto the match pretty early because of Chris Cook’s injury, his organisation of his pack and (rare for a scrumhalf) his work at the breakdown were very good. A slightly cynical milking of a penalty by throwing the ball at Schalk Brits, but it was an all-round great performance from the Bath scrumhalf.
10 – Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Smith proved some pundits that they were right to hype up the young flyhalf who came on early for the injured Demetri Catrakilis, and orchestrated a lovely attacking move for Dave Ward to score.
11 – Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
I really like the look of Walker at the moment, he has got a real turn of pace and it showed on Saturday when he was prominent in a swift Harlequins move before blitzing through Gloucester’s disarrayed defence to score in the pouring rain.
12 – Luther Burrell (Northampton)
The England centre was another of Saints’ standouts, scoring a well-worked try and dumping Leicester’s Jonny May to the ground, and he was solid for the rest of the game at Franklin’s Gardens.
13 – Ben Te’o (Worcester)
The Lions international who was so good in New Zealand is replicating his form for his club Worcester, broke the gainline almost every time and give the Warriors some solid foundations to work from.
14 – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath)
Despite being relatively quiet for 70 minutes of the game, the Fijian flyer dotted down two amazing tries to secure a hard-fought win over Saracens in the last 10 minutes at the Rec. Questions will once again be raised over why he isn’t a regular for England.
15 – Anthony Watson (Bath)
Saracens’ Alex Goode is unlucky to miss out on my selection but Watson was fabulous on Saturday, being rock-solid in defence, fast and sharp in attack and also produced some lovely clearance kicks. Let’s hope his injury is not major because I firmly believe that his future with England is now at fullback.
By Jacob Bassford