Team of the week: Star players from the European Champions Cup round two
It had been another scintillating weekend of European team activity over the weekend of the season’s Champions Cup.
There were exceptional team screens, nail-biting matches which went directly to also a dose of controversy and the cable rather well with a couple of red cards.
But which people were the people who stood out for us? We’ve assembled a combined XV of the star players beneath…
An outstanding show was made by the full-back and Running 92 fought out a thrilling 21-21 draw in Pool 4.
Haley was named man of the game on the rear of a display which saw him create metres – more than every other participant in the Champions Cup on the weekend – conquer eight defenders and create two breaks.
As Saracens romped into a 44-3 triumph at home to Ospreys at Pool 24, the 22-year-old gave a glimpse of his undoubted potential.
Together with scoring two attempts, Segun beat five defenders, made three clean breaks and carried for 57 yards to assist his side to victory.
Slade continued his hot streak and was in excellent form since returning into Sandy Park from the World Cup.
The England center scored his second try in as many matches, running a nice support line to shoot Jack Nowell’s pass, while his grubber kick teed up Tom O’Flaherty for the try.
McCloskey delivered a second reminder of his talents Andy Farrell since Ulster maintained a brilliant triumph.
Marcell Coetzee and the center were the go-to gamers in assault of Ulster, together with 12 carries being made by McCloskey and pitching four offloads to stretch the defence of Clermont.
As Northampton fought back to snatch a 35-32 win against Benetton another exciting English winger, Collins played a role.
The 25-year-old scored two tries for the visitors, creating five clean breaks in the procedure and racking up 88 yards.
The Scotland international marshalled his negative superbly as they came with a share of the spoils away from Thomond Park.
A superb solo attempt on the rear of a grubber kick was a highlight for Russell, while he forced the break to set up Juan Imhoff because of his score and created two breaks that are blank.
The scrum-half has been European far this season and one at the PRO14, underlining that using another display in the 18-13 win over Clermont.
Cooney scored since Ulster went of Pool 3 a solo try and maintained the side of their toes with a few smart kicking at Ravenhill.
A media sensation from the build-up allow his actions do the speaking since Quins dogged outside a crucial 15-9 victory in Pool 3.
The England loose-head played making seven and nine tackles carries.
The New Zealander helped put some foundations for Benetton, although unfortunate to finish of the group.
His performance was backed up by faiva two attempts as well, although the outfit had to settle for a bonus point.
Chilachava was in the core of a dominant Montpellier scrum that won four fines inside the Gloucester 22. Whites and cherry trainer Johan Ackermann was dissatisfied with the tight-head’s scrummaging, accusing him but the match officials saw it otherwise.
The Georgia also worked hard making seven rebounds before he had been replaced remaining and winning two turnovers.
The prior Munster ahead was exceptional on his return into Thomond Park. Ryan led how rebounds maul and put the squeeze on the lineout of Munster.
Close to enrolling a success as Racing came, the made 17 tackles.
As Exeter Chiefs recorded an impressive 34-16 win at home to Glasgow Warriors at Pool 29, the second row was a push at the line-out and in the loose.
Hill won six line-outs for his side, made 15 tackles to shut down the Warriors’ dangers that were attacking and managed to push his way over for a try too.
Playing since returning from his starring role in England’s run to the Rugby World Cup final, it was like Curry had never been off.
He made a man-of-the-match display in the win over La Rochelle on Sunday in Pool 2, winning three turnovers and coming up with the ball in three line-outs as well.
The other member of the Curry clan and his twin brother in the Sharks back row combined superbly to assist them to La Rochelle.
The 21-year-old made an 18 tackles to help keep the French side and won just two turnovers as well.
As they moved four points clear on top of Pool 5 having a 32-17 win in the home to Connacht the All Black was among those try-scorers for Toulouse.
Together with that, Kaino was one of their side gamers with 18 carries and won two turnovers because of his group.