15. Alex Goode (Saracens)
A classy game from the fullback who gave us a lesson in counter-attacking. His footwork was superb and he carved the Connacht defence open a number of times. If he keeps playing like this then he could oust Mike Brown from his England shirt.
14. David Strettle (Saracens)
It’s quite hard to overlook a winger who scores a hat-trick in the Heineken Cup. Strettle did what every good winger should do and that’s support his players and take his chances when he gets the ball. Honourable mention to Ollie Lindsay-Hague.
13. Duncan Taylor (Saracens)
The Scottish centre was a bit of an unsung hero for Saracens during their demolition of Connacht. He attacked well, tackled hard and was involved in most of Sarries’ tries. Should be pushing for that Scotland 13 jersey. Mention to Jonny May who scored a beauty for Gloucester.
12. Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne)
Clermont’s game against Racing wasn’t really one for the backs but Fofana looked electric every time he got the ball. The French international made eight carries for a total of 78 metres, including one superb counter-attack which nearly led to a try.
11. Simon Zebo (Munster)
Came off the bench early doors for the injured Keith Earls and looked sharp. He was always hungry for the ball, ran well and scored a try. Made 11 carries for 49 metres in 55 minutes.
10. Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
This was the type of match that Hodgson thrives upon. His kicking off the tee was uncharacteristically poor but he attacked quickly, took the ball to the gain-line and he kept Connacht guessing all game.
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)
The maestro was at it again on Saturday. Scored all of his side’s 22 points and his management of the game was superb as always. Has the South African been the player of the Heineken Cup so far?
1. Cian Healy (Leinster)
Comes back weeks early from his shoulder injury and helps Leinster dominate the Ospreys’ scrum. Healy looked like a man possessed, he carried hard and tackled hard for the 50 minutes that he was on the pitch. Honourable mention to Mako Vunipola.
2. Damien Varley (Munster)
The hooker’s throwing in was brilliant, only missing his target once during the match and his defensive work was excellent, especially the choke tackle. Honourable mention to Quins’ Dave Ward again.
3. Martin Moore (Leinster)
Alongside Healy and Sean Cronin, Moore helped to shatter the Ospreys’ front-row. He made a number of telling tackles in a performance that was mature beyond his years.
4. George Kruis (Saracens)
Kruis was in Connacht’s face all game and his efforts were quite rightly rewarded with a try. He came into the backline to act as a linkman and he stole ball in the lineout. A solid performance.
5. Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow Warriors)
He produced some typical Fijian offloading which probably wasn’t needed in the sodden conditions but his work in the loose was outstanding. He carried 14 times for 26 metres, beat eight defenders and made 10 tackles.
6. Gerhard Vosloo (Clermont Auvergne)
Two tries for the South African in the type of physical slug-fest that he absolutely loves. He looked like a stereotypical number six, making a nuisance of himself at the breakdown and tackling well. Honourable mention to Rhys Ruddock.
7. Chris Henry (Ulster)
Henry covered every blade of grass in a superb display that saw him make 20 tackles as well as carrying a number of times. Honourable mentions to Tom Wood and Chris Fusaro.
8. Steffon Armitage (Toulon)
This was a weekend for number 8s with Nick Williams brilliant against Leicester and Fritz Lee showing some wonderfully consistent form, but Armitage just takes it. He’s not a natural eight but you couldn’t tell as he carried 11 times for 30 metres, made 17 tackles and stole a huge amount of ball.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images