RaboDirect PRO12 Team of the Week: Round 7

1. Phil John (Scarlets)
Put in a top performance against Ulster in his 270th match for the West Wales club. Providing stability and power upfront, Ulster could not find a way to control the experienced veteran.

2. Aaron Dundon (Leinster)
Helping his Leinster side shake-off a largely sluggish performance against a dangerous Dragons team with a second half try. He was faultless in the scrums and lineouts allowing Leinster to control much of the possession and territory.

3. WP Nel (Edinburgh)
Another impressive performance from the South African who made it back to back try scoring games against Italian opposition this weekend. Imposed himself on the opposition to help lead Edinburgh to consecutive PRO12 victories.

4. Jonny Gray (Glasgow)
Jonny displayed the same power and physically unstoppable attributes of his elder brother, giving Glasgow and Scotland fans hope of the two brothers lining-up for the national side in a not so distant future.

5. Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster)
Munster’s backbone, O’Callaghan was unstoppable with the ball while resembling a relentless hunter without it. He set up quick, clean ball for his side but the match was a slow, dirty contest as both sides struggled to mount sustained pressure.

6. Robbie Diack (Ulster)
The South African flanker put in another impressive physical display, causing the Scarlets problems throughout while providing powerful running off the rucks.

7. John Barclay (Scarlets)
Notched his first try for his new club while working extremely hard to lift the Scarlets to only their second home win of the season. Barclay scored the only try of the match following some dominant ruck and maul work.

8. Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh)
Chipped in with a try to cap an impressive performance from the talented South African. Caused Zebre problems throughout at the breakdown.

9. Chris Cusiter (Glasgow)
Brought in following the departure of Prygros to Scotland duty, Cusiter offered Weir quick, clean ball to spread the play against a Connacht side who had former Warriors flyhalf, Dan Parks, plotting his former side’s downfall. Cusiter used his experience to offer Weir the best platform to work from.

10. Duncan Weir (Glasgow)
Scored an impressive 14 points to help Glasgow back to winning ways following last weekend’s home loss to Munster. Weir offers Glasgow an excellent back-up option while Jackson is away on international duty, with Saturday’s performance leaving hope the Warriors can still compete while their stars are away.

11. Jordan Williams (Scarlets)
Was a constant running threat, breaking the gain line to create space for his Scarlets teammates to exploit.

12. Michele Campagnaro (Benetton Treviso)
Grabbed a try for his valiant efforts but Treviso never looked like winning this match as Cardiff contained the Italians brilliantly. Campagnaro was one of the few exceptions for the visitors, finding the gaps while looking the most threatening runner Treviso possessed.

13. Tommaso Iannone (Zebre)
In a very tight match against Edinburgh in Scotland, Iannone managed to punish the home side with his solid defence and powerful attacking play. Zebre were unlucky to come away from Scotland without the win but the individual performance of Iannone is something Italian and Zebre fans can take heart from.

14. Jack Cuthbert (Edinburgh)
Ran hard, tackled with ferocity and helped lead Edinburgh to an important home win against fellow strugglers Zebre. Cuthbert put in a complete performance and looks a good replacement for the injured Visser.

15. Greig Tonks (Edinburgh)
Added to last week’s try with another this week as Edinburgh made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Tonks is a calming influence on a young and largely inexperienced Edinburgh side, providing a base which can turn defence into attack at the flip of a coin.

By Alex McLeman

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

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