12 England hopefuls who impressed this weekend - Ellis Genge back to his best - Ruck

12 England hopefuls who impressed this weekend – Ellis Genge back to his best

Head Coach Steve Borthwick would have found ample cause for optimism this weekend as the Gallagher Premiership roared back into action, with a number of England hopefuls making their mark.

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#1. Bristol Bears – Four Players

In a resounding 85-14 victory over Newcastle, Bristol Bears showcased their dominance, surging to fourth place in the Premiership standings.

Benhard Janse van Rensburg and Virimi Vakatawa shone with two tries apiece, propelling Bristol into a commanding lead with seven tries in the first half alone.

The triumph marks their most significant win in the Premiership to date, eclipsing their previous 62-8 domination over Northampton last March.

Their impressive late-season surge, boasting victories in their last five matches, propels them just two points shy of third-placed Saracens, securing a coveted spot in the play-offs.

Among the standout performances were:

  • Ellis Genge, whose exemplary play saw him assist Max Malins’ try and secure crucial scrum penalties.
  • Gabriel Oghre’s relentless pursuit of the ball and faultless lineouts.
  • Harry Randall’s dynamic playmaking, setting the pace with precision and assisting Naulago’s opening try.
  • Gabriel Ibitoye’s commitment to keeping the ball alive, contributing to the high-scoring spectacle.