RaboDirect PRO12 Team of the Week: Round 2

1. Jack McGrath (Leinster)
The Leinster prop forced his way over for a crucial try, and was powerful in the loose.

2. Andrea Manici (Zebre)
Could do little to halt Munster’s second-half rampage, but showed a great turn of pace in scoring his side’s second try.

3. WP Nel (Edinburgh)
The Edinburgh front row dominated their Dragons counterparts, and for the second week running, Nel was a force to be reckoned with in the scrummage.

4. Dan Tuohy (Ulster)
Involved heavily with ball in hand and around the breakdown, causing the Glasgow defence problems with his power.

5. Johnny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
A positively workmanlike display from Gray, younger brother of Scotland international Richie. Showed up very well in the loose, always making ground with ball in hand, and made plenty of tackles against an Ulster side that enjoyed the bulk of possession.

6. David Denton (Edinburgh)
A man-of-the-match performance from the Scotland international, who is showing signs of rediscovering the form that saw him win plaudits on the international stage two seasons ago. Provided a brilliant assist for Tim Visser’s try, and carried well throughout the game.

7. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues)
Credited by man-of-the-match Patchell as being the game’s stand-out performer, Navidi was tigerish around the breakdown, putting in a tremendous amount of work.

8. Nick Williams (Ulster)
Ulster’s Kiwi man-mountain once more demonstrated just how difficult he is to stop. His size, strength and physicality mean that he almost always breaks the first tackle and makes ground, and he was very effective with ball in hand at Ravenhill on Friday night.

9. Gareth Davies (Llanelli Scarlets)
Two tries for the young Scarlet scrum-half helped his side to a comfortable victory this weekend, with the first, in particular, a wonderful solo effort. A yellow card for an “altercation” with Treviso’s Alberto Di Bernardo the only real blot on his copybook.

10. Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues)
The young Blues fly-half is maturing with every game, and this week kicked all of his team’s points in their victory over Connacht.

11. DTH Van der Merwe (Glasgow)
Was unlucky not to score in the first half at Ravenhill as his hack through saw him collide head-on with the post rather than gather and finish cleanly. Recovered from a somewhat shaky opening forty to impose himself well on the game in the closing stages, making the initial break that led to James Eddie’s winning score.

12. Steve Shingler (Llanelli Scarlets)
A tidy performance from the Scarlets centre saw him land four penalties and two conversions, with his points helping to widen the gap and close out the game.

13. Casey Laulala (Munster)
Another classy display from the Kiwi, who showcased his skill from midfield in Munster’s heavy victory over Zebre.

14. Ludivico Nitoglia (Treviso)
Tried manfully to halt the Scarlets advances, and good support play saw him rewarded with a simple try.

15. Dave Kearney (Leinster)
Had a hand in Richardt Strauss’ opening score, and then quickly bagged one himself, adding to a smart all-round display from the Leinster full-back.

By Jamie Lyall (@JLyall93)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images