Now that the dust has settled on the Champions Cup Round of 16 second legs, we’ve run through the action to pick the best players from the weekend’s matches.
Champions Cup Team of the Week
15 Telusa Veanu (French Stadium): This weekend, Veainu showed off his electric running power when he scored a free run try after picking up a loose ball on a broken play. The Tonga international posted an excellent 149 meters with the ball in hand, along with two line breaks, a turnover gained and an assist attempt. A complete display from the 31-year-old whose performance was good enough to be chosen over impressive leicester tiger freddie butler.
14 Louis Lynagh (Harlequins): The Harlequins midfielder put in a brilliant performance, scoring a brace to nearly earn his share of the best comebacks you’ll ever see. Lynagh broke the line twice and scored over 50 meters with the ball in hand. Completing his performance was a single earned turnover. 92 racing teddy thomas he was a close runner-up after scoring a brace in a brilliant performance for his side in their win over Stade Francais.
13 Gaël Fickou (Races 92): The Grand Slam-winning French center continued his sublime form with a complete performance that saw him carry the ball 77 meters on nine carries with a clean break in that Paris derby against Stade Francais. Fickou is playing with great confidence, connecting the game in and around his channel and is one of the fittest outside centers in the world. He arrives ahead of the Leicester Tigers Matthias Moroni of our Team of the Week.
12 Damian de Allende (Münster): The World Cup winner produced a first-class performance for the Irish province, scoring a thrilling try thanks to a beautiful volley from Simon Zebo in his win over Exeter Chiefs. De Allende made 11 tackles in that game, earning a turnover in the process. The Springbok behaved well, winning 25 meters in six carries and providing an important forward ball for his team. from Leinster robbie henshaw and La Rochelle Juan Danty he also produced notable performances for his sides.
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11 Jaime Lowe (Leinster): The Irish wing produced a sublime performance against Connacht at the Aviva Stadium, scoring a whopping four tries with two assist attempts to add. The New Zealand-born sprinter showcased his full skill set and benefited from brilliant positional play that saw him often in the right place at the right time, the mark of a world-class finisher. Lowe’s astonishing performance kept Leicester Harry PotterFrench Stadium adrien lapegue Y Ulster‘s Ethan McIlroy out despite solid performances from the trio.
10 Joey Carbery (Munster): After a narrow loss to Exeter at Sandy Park, Munster had 80 minutes to recover, and that is exactly what they did with Carbery in the lead. On his return to the team, having missed last week’s clash, the fly half provided 21 points for the hosts, helping to secure victory. Carbery was perfect off the tee all day, making two conversions and scoring four penalties. The Irish international also scored Munster’s first try after using misdirection to sneak through the Exeter defence. Romain Ntamack he wins an honorable mention for his performance in Toulouse’s victory over Ulster.
9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (La Rochelle): La Rochelle number nine Kerr-Barlow had a fantastic start against local rivals Bordeaux to help his team to a 62-36 aggregate victory. The former All Black was involved in two of the tries scored, providing a kick for Levani Botia to score while he also scored one of his own after a fantastic break from Danty. Faf de Klerk he was next best as he was able to provide a spark for Sale to help them take down Bristol at Ashton Gate.
8Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins): The European Rugby Player of the Year nominee bolstered his claim to the award after assisting two tries and adding one of his own in a narrow aggregate loss to Montpellier 60-59. Dombrandt made a line break not even a minute into the contest to set up Huw Jones for an easy finish before scoring one of his own later in the first half. Three minutes before halftime, he set Lynagh up for his first try after a pick-and-go from the base of a scrum. La Rochelle Gregory Alldritt he also played well with a typically gritty performance.
7 Tommy Refell (Leicester Tigers): Refell was a brick wall for Leicester defensively against Clermont Auvergne. The Wales and England eligible flanker, who did not play a cap, made 18 tackles and turned the ball over twice for the hosts at Welford Road. Surely with performances like this from Refell it’s only a matter of time before Eddie Jones or Wayne Pivac call. Meanwhile for Leinster, Josh van der Filer he had another fabulous outing in blue when he delivered 21 tackles for the hosts in their win over Connacht.
6 Peter O’Mahony (Munster): O’Mahony’s return for the second leg proved pivotal for Munster as his skipper resumed his role as a breakdown threat. The blind side won three turnovers and also made their 14 tackles against the Exeter pack, leading more often than the average sides. antonio jelonch It was unfortunate to miss out on this place after a nearly perfect game on the Toulouse flank.
5 Jager’s Lood (Sharks for sale): Although Leinster joseph murphy came out in front with a solid effort in their one-sided victory over Connacht, he loses out to De Jager, who was one of Sale’s stars in a deserved away win over Bristol. The World Cup winner Springbok played his part as a ball carrier, gaining 31 meters in seven carries and also made his mark in the lineouts where he won several balls and also shone defensively with eight tackles.
4 Paul Willense (Montpelier): The Top 14 team advanced to the quarter-finals by the slimmest of margins despite falling to the Harlequins at the Stoop, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from France’s international giants, who stepped up with a strong overall display. . Willemse won a fair amount of balls at the lineout, put in a lot of effort in tight rallies and is preferred for Baptist Chouzenouxwhich impressed for Racing 92 against Stade Francais.
3 Will Collier (harlequins): Collier was at the forefront of the Harlequins’ forward effort when he emptied the tank in their clash against Montpellier. The 30-year-old gave it his all during a 50-minute period and did well in implementing his core roles. He came to the fore with a great performance at the scrum and also put his body on the line in defence, especially in tight spaces. from Leinster Furlong of Tadhg He also had a good game against Connacht.
2 Camila Chat (Races 92): There were solid performances from Toulouse Peato Mauvaca Y Akker van der Merwe Sale Sharks, but it is Chat who gets the nod, as he put in an outstanding performance in his team’s triumph over the Stade Francais at the Paris La Defense Arena. Chat had a good attacking game, gaining 52 meters on three carries, but also shone with his break-up work and won a crucial turnover.
1 Bevan Rodd (Sharks for sale): This was a difficult choice as captain of the Leicester Tigers. Ellis Genge, once again, turned heads with a strong performance in his team’s win over Clermont Auvergne, but we’ve opted for Rodd, who was one of Sale Sharks’ stars in their triumph against Bristol Bears. Rodd excelled well at scrums, putting his body on the line defensively and his breaking work was outstanding as he won two turnovers.