Wing: Naipolioni Vonowole Nalaga
Club: Clermont Auvergne
With the rest of the Clermont back-line in good form, Naipolioni Vonowole Nalaga starred for the Top 14 giants in their 40-11 mauling of Bordeaux last weekend.
Nalaga showed great instinct on two almost identical occasions to pick up off the base of the ruck and leap over from short range twice in the second half.
Inside Centre: George Pisi
Club: Northampton Saints
Northampton’s 33-14 win over Sale was in no small part thanks to the fine central partnership of George Pisi and Luther Burrell.
Moving into the No. 12 shirt to accommodate his Team of the Week partner, Pisi was the catalytic duel of the Saints backs, making things tick for those around him but also finishing off a delightful move himself.
Outside Centre: Vereniki Goneva
Club: Leicester Tigers
Although he’s played off the wing of late, Vereniki Goneva shifts back into the centre this week after a powerful display against Exeter, scoring a runaway try through the central channel and punishing some lax passing from the home team.
As ever, Goneva was a physical presence for the Tigers attack to follow up on but also gave a good supply to those around him, as well as holding out defensively.
Wing: Byron McGuigan
Club: Glasgow Warriors
Byron McGuigan’s contribution of 10 points proved crucial in Glasgow’s 24-17 defeat of Zebre last weekend, twice getting on the end of some superb back-line play from the Scottish visitors.
McGuigan’s handling was a strong aspect of the Scot’s performance, helping his side push forward, although Sean Maitland’s 92 yards carrying was also something to be commended.
Fullback: Ian Madigan
At least an honourable mention at fly-half, Madigan fills in at full-back after a performance that showed Leinster’s other contender for the No. 10 shirt, Jimmy Gopperth, just who’s ahead in the race.
Strong from the tee as ever, kicking all of his attempts, Madigan again delivered a fine playmaker’s showing against Cardiff, running well with the ball but more importantly offloading when the opportunity arose.
A match-high of 55 passes told the story of how helpful the 24-year-old was to those outside him, as well as crossing over for a late try himself.