Now that things have settled down in the fourth and final round of the Champions Cup, we had a discussion and chose Team of the Week.
Harlequins lead this week with three players, while London Irish, Gloucester and Edinburgh are second with two players each.
Check out our XV for the final pool round below, and as always, be sure to add your own team in the comments section below the article.
Champions Cup Team of the Fourth Round
15 Nick David (Harlequins): He got off to a tough start under the high ball but got into the game and was Quins’ most dangerous runner on the broken pitch. He set Alex Dombrandt’s tryout with a scorching break and caused constant problems for the Sharks’ defense with his footwork and pace. He made a total of 141 meters, and his efforts to pass the whitewashed pass from his 22 meters were rewarded with his own score. Brilliant performance.
14 Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish): A change of wings here as we think Hassell-Collins deserves a place on our side. The London Irish star showed what a special talent he had against Montpellier after being called up to England; His speed, strength and skills kept the French side busy before the hosts started this fight. Juan Cruz Mallia It went well for Toulouse but we chose Hassell-Collins, who should have been a hit at the Six Nations.
13 Garry Ringrose (Leinster): He continues to show his class, and in a mixed show by Leo Cullen’s men, he easily became the best player in the province of Ireland. Jimmy O’Brien was undoubtedly grateful to Ringrose after the center helped both scores with two-second magic. The first saw him slash the defense and lower his load to the wing before taking the lead, displaying tremendous speed and once again showing his deft hands for O’Brien’s second.
12 Dan du Plessis (Stormers): It’s a joy to watch with the ball in hand, the similarities between Du Plessis and Stormers’ great Jean de Villiers are evident and once again came to the fore over the weekend. His steady run was evident throughout against Clermont, and he tackled a lot with a joint high 13 carry game, which was rewarded with a brilliant attempt to show his speed as he cut a hole and crossed 40 meters away. Gloucester’s Seb Atkinson was the next best in our eyes.
11 Ollie Thorley (Gloucester): Had he been able to keep himself in shape, he would have been in a lot of England contention. Thorley gave his best as Cherry and Whites made an impressive show in Bordeaux-Begles, qualifying for the Champions Cup round of 16. It was a significant ball threat that caused back protection issues with UBB’s speed, power and footwork, but the 26-year-old also worked hard. The kick-chase game put the Bordeaux hunters under pressure with a big hit to Nans Ducuing.
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins): It’s like it never went away. Despite being away from the game for a month and a half due to injury, he has impressed in both of his games since returning at halftime. Smith had a great second period against Racing in Paris but probably even better at Stoop. There was less “fancy stuff” but the game management was on point as Quins beat the Sharks for good.
9 Jean-Marc Doussain (Lyon): He turned the years back with a great effort against the Bulls. The French team’s placement in the last 16 was ultimately futile, but that doesn’t detract from Doussain’s superb performance. In the 31-7 victory, the scrum-half was absolutely fantastic, controlling the game above and bringing their big bearers into play. He was also a threat on the sidelines and fully deserved his second half try. At 31, Doussain is still operating at a very high level.
8 Bill Mata (Edinburgh): An extraordinary show against the Saracens who saw the tall man carry 18 times for 78 meters; The heartbeat of his team’s victory that put them in the last 16. Duane Vermeulen he also deserves credit for being 19 years old and showing in a typically credible show for Ulster Chandler Cunningham-South Against Montpellier, he showed how great a possibility he is for the London Irish, outshining Zach Mercer.
7 Will Evans (Harlequins): We could have chosen any of the few open sides that stood out, but Evans’ five turnovers allowed the Quins to take the lead in a rugby party against the Sharks at Stoop. Black Box it also shone in the roomy trunk, and typically the male spent over an hour signing autographs for the many kids who came to see him. Luke Crosbie It reminded Scottish voters of the bearing power for Edinburgh. Juan Martin Gonzalez It was extraordinary for London Irish and John Hodnett It went well for Munster.
6 Jack Morgan (Ospreys): We’ve been a bit divisive here; Morgan’s stellar performance at Welford Road was eight, but we chose him at six for his Wales location, to host both himself and two prominent Mata. Anthony JelonchHis versatility was again demonstrated well as the Toulouse match went from six to eight. Jamie Ritchie also flashed for Edinburgh until he limped with a hamstring tweak.
5 Adam Coleman (London Irish): A big transition from a big guy to a gorgeous Montpellier line-up, Coleman’s presence was vital for the London Irish as he landed some thunderous hits. Munster’s Tadhg Beirne He was fantastic on the coal face against Toulouse, scoring one goal and three turnovers, whereas the former Ospreys warhorse Alun Wyn Jones Even at 37 he somehow manages to impose his personality on a match and was phenomenal against the Leicester Tigers.
4 Eben Etzebeth (Sharks): The huge South African key South African is doing great work, and big Eben will have plenty of time to repeat the cheeky spoof Danny Care made on his intercontinental flights. compatriot stephan lewies He was abrasive and trustworthy in direct opposition and will send Etzebeth GIFs of one-handed squad theft. a word for Man Beard A rock in the line-up for the Ospreys and slap again against Leicester.
3 John Ryan (Münster): Despite finishing on the losing team, Ryan smashed a top-notch stray Cyril Baille and put up some great work on the loose. Uini Atonio He was in dump truck mode in La Rochelle and he took his side forward and we shout out for Gloucester’s senior Russian, Kirill GotovtsevAgainst Bordeaux-Begles it was solid as a rock.
2 George McGuigan (Gloucester): It was indeed a shot between McGuigan and Toulouse’s jackal machine. Julien Marchand but somehow we felt that the Gloucester man’s win at Bordeaux was a bit more special as he crossed for a few tries. of La Rochelle Quentin Lespiaucq he also got a boost for his side.
1 Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh): 21 moves, a try and a serious sled progress towards Maro Itoje saw Scotland’s great Saffer put on a big show against the Saracens. Once again Val Rapava-Ruskin it was amazing, the UBB took the offensive and threw out two of the dirtiest backdoor loads you’ll ever see from a propeller in 40 seconds, whereas another stray guy in England, Bevan Rodd Put on sale, a big personal game of jackals and hookups.
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