After a long absence, it’s that time of the week again when we put together our dream XV from the week’s action, here is RUCK’s Gallagher Premiership Team of the Week:
Fullback: Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – Charged about like a man possessed against Sale as he sought to lead by example, making a match high 81 metres from his eight carries. Also scored a wonderful second-half try.
Winger: Tom Collins (Northampton Saints) – With the match against London Irish level 3-3 at the break, a moment of class by Collins finally brought a try 10 minutes into the second-half. The winger made the most of the space created along the line by Grayson’s incisive pass.
Centre: Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears) – The centre had a subdued debut against Saracens last weekend, but the centre showed his class as Bristol tore through the Gloucester defence to secure a bonus point within the first half hour.
Centre: Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks) – The powerhouse ran rampant over arguably the most physical side in the Gallagher Premiership over the last five years in Exeter Chiefs. Faded as the game went on but there were some positive signs.
“Give that man a platform, he will give you the gain line!”— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 21, 2020
This is what you get from Manu Tuilagi 💥
One, two, three, four defenders trying to stop him, loads of room Tom Curry to sneak over and hit back for @SaleSharksRugby!#RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/HlXjaNxaZp
Winger: Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) – The speedster, as he had promised in the build-up, was clearly determined to show the England coaching contingent he has not lost the X-factor which earned him World Cup squad selection in Japan last year.
Look at that finish from Ruaridh McConnochie!— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 22, 2020
With Eddie Jones smiling on from the stands, the @bathrugby winger shows what he’s all about 💥
Brilliant strength to swat defenders away and reach the try line!#RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/RDeSFrx4c8