Loosehead Prop: Joe Marler
Despite touching down for a try from short range, the true highlight of Joe Marler’s bright performance against Worcester was a fleet-of-foot side step that will leave the England backs fearing for their international futures.
Despite playing just one half of the victory, Marler put in a rounded and even display, making impressive yardage in the loose and doing more than his bit in the set piece.
Hooker: Richard Hibbard
Two tries in the bonus-point win over Edinburgh from Richard Hibbard showed off the more offensive flair of the British and Irish Lion.
The blonde bruiser threw into the line-out well and was consistently strong when carrying the ball, albeit against a timid-looking Alan Solomons defence.
Hibbard’s eagerness to get on the ball from the breakdown was on show for all to see and the hooker showed the Ospreys’ thirst for points perfectly.
Tighthead Prop: Dayna Edwards
While his score on the stroke of halftime was the highlight of his performance, Dayna Edwards’ display in the win over Biarritz ran far deeper than his 40th-minute try.
The Grenoble front-rower stayed on top of Thomas Synaeghel in the scrum and was a consistent nuisance in heaping a sixth defeat of the season on Biarritz.
Lock: Dean Mumm
Club: Exeter Chiefs
Another scoring forward this weekend, Dean Mumm put in a captain-worthy display as he led from the front foot in Exeter’s hard-fought 29-23 win over London Irish.
The towering Australian set the wheels in motion for the Chiefs triumphant comeback and shoved over for his side’s first try in the 66th minute, but he was also one of the visiting team’s brighter presences in defence.
Lock: Graham Kitchener
Club: Leicester Tigers
Leicester’s 31-6 victory Newcastle was a fairly rudimentary lesson in just how clinical the reigning Premiership champions can be when they get into their stride.
In the star-studded cast of Welford Road, Graham Kitchener hasn’t been one of the more glamorous faces in recent months, but the 18-stone behemoth put in a flashy shift over the weekend. As well as picking up a try of his own early on, Kitchener had the silky skills necessary to set up a couple of scores for his teammates, too.