Loosehead Prop: Alex Corbisiero
Maintaining his 100 percent record of appearing in the Team of the Week, Alex Corbisiero somehow managed to persevere through the wet conditions at the Stoop.
Given the weather, the pack’s graft was a vital aspect of Northampton’s 13-6 win over Harlequins, where the newly acquired loosehead eased the pressure on his back line by providing a secure platform going forward.
Corbs carried well and pitched into the defensive duties throughout.
Hooker: Brice Mach
Scorer of the sole try in Castres’ 22-15 victory over Toulon, Brice Mach was on the finishing end of a cleverly crafted 10-man lineout score.
The reigning French champions were pushed in their match against Toulon, but Mach’s defensive work and displays in the scrum enabled Castres to push on for a tight win.
Tighthead Prop: WP Nel
As part of an Edinburgh pack that led in all areas of the forward battles against Newport Dragons, WP Nel stood out as one of the more impressive.
The South African tighthead’s work in the scrum was by far the most effective part of Nel’s play, while his work in defence across the park was also a highlight.
Lock: Scott MacLeod
Although Sale’s attackers will have felt they deserved more from their loss against Newcastle, it was figures like Scott MacLeod that ensured the Sharks were restrained in their efforts, moving his frame well about the AJ Bell Stadium.
Playing a major role in his side’s first win back in the Premiership, MacLeod was a leading figure in Newcastle’s triumph, most of all in defence.
Lock: Romain Taofifenua
The hulking figure of Romain Taofifenua may not have had to work particularly hard for his try in the corner against Montpellier this weekend, but Perpignan were constantly buoyed by his eagerness to carry the ball forward en masse.
The French international made a conscious effort to make himself available and contributed a great hand to the eventual winners thanks to his support play.