1. James Cronin, Munster
Munster were unrelenting in their 55-12 thrashing of Edinburgh on Scottish soil this weekend, coming to life in a second half that saw the visiting pack chug forth in powerful fashion on their way to victory.
James Cronin was a powerful force in that particular pursuit and, along with making 40 metres with ball in hand and contributing seven tackles, set substitute Duncan Williams up for a 66th-minute score under the posts thanks to some finely weighted offloading in the tackle.
2. Dave Ward, Harlequins
One of several games decided by the slightest of margins this weekend was Harlequins' 30-29 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, a fixture in which the battle of the packs was pivotal.
Quins failed to lose a scrum on their own feed this weekend, and two of the four tries scored by Conor O'Shea's side benefited from a substantial Dave Ward contribution, evidenced by a superb four offloads.
3. Frans Malherbe, Stormers
Props scoring one try is often an occasion to celebrate, but Frans Malherbe took the feat one step further in the Stormers 29-28 victory over the Highlanders on Saturday thanks to his vital brace of scores.
Schalk Burger gave a beautiful assist in creating one of the tighthead's two tries, which included a helpful 26-metre carrying total. It would almost be disrespectful to neglect such an eager display of attacking nuance from Malherbe.
4. Patrick Tuipulotu, Blues
The Blues rode to a Friday night thumping over the Queensland Reds, trouncing their Australian opponents 44-14 in Auckland with a display that thrived on solid teamwork all over the park rather than spiking in certain areas.
However, Patrick Tuipulotu's work at the line-out and in missing none of his 13 attempted tackles is deserving of special credit, helping the hosts' pack lay a firm base for the more dazzling stars of the back line to do the damage.
5. Aliki Fakate, Bordeaux
With both of Bordeaux's locks getting on the scoreboard in this week's 54-20 victory over Biarritz, it was a day for the forwards to be proud of as Aliki Fakate grabbed one of his side's eight tries.
The 28-year-old barged his way through a mound of opposition defenders to cross over close to the touchline and was very active in providing support for several other of Bordeaux's other scoring endeavours.