Wing: Sitiveni Sivivatu, Clermont Auvergne
Having not missed a single tackle against Harlequins, Sitiveni Sivivatu’s input was again nothing short of brilliance in yet another match-deciding outing from the New Zealander.
That being said, as is only natural, it’s in attack that the veteran showed his real quality, running for no less than 122 metres and spearheading the Clermont assault.
Inside Centre: Cory Allen, Cardiff Blues
Having made 40 metres from just two carries of the ball, Cory Allen’s impetus in midfield was a consistent platform from Cardiff Blues in their pursuit of an underdog victory against the reigning Heineken Cup champions.
That being said, it’s the centre’s 10 tackles, the highest tally of any player on the day, that stood out from the rest.
Outside Centre: Chris Wyles, Saracens
Although some would argue that Chris Ashton was Saracens’ truer star of the show, the winger simply benefited from the fine work made in midfield by Chris Wyles.
The centre scored the only try of the hosts’ afternoon outing and made 45 metres from his seven carries to go along with his fine efforts in setting up those around him.
Wyles was also one of just a few players on his team not to miss a tackle against Toulouse.
Wing: Christian Wade, London Wasps
Christian Wade’s defensive tact shone as the winger silenced critics in their tracks, pitching in with one particular try-saving stop that halted Bayonne from taking the upper hand in their Amlin Challenge Cup meeting.
The wide man beats Andrew Trimble to a place in this week’s team, and although that comes without the Englishman scoring, his most recent game was a great advertisement for the youngster’s apparent “weaknesses.”
Fullback: Jared Payne, Ulster
Ulster’s victory at Montpellier was by no means a given, but thanks to several key individual displays the Irish province was able to claim a morale-boosting victory in southern France.
Providing a safe pair of hands at the back and functioning well alongside his other star assets, Payne’s 72 metres with ball in hand was the highest managed by any player in the fixture.