Gallagher Premiership team of the week – Round 13

Fly-half: Billy Searle (Wasps) –The 22-year-old, who was preferred to 18-times capped All Black Lima Sopoaga to face the club he left last summer, enjoyed a sparkling opening 40 minutes at Ashton Gate. His interception two minutes before half time from just outside his own 22 and sprint to feed the supporting Nizaam Carr for Wasps’ third try was one of many highlights as he pulled the strings against his former employers. Three minutes after the interval Searle broke free but Harry Randall covering tackle from behind saw right leg buckle and his ankle pushed out an horrific angle. Medics spent ten minutes stabilising the stricken star before he left to applause from all parties.

Scrum-half: Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints) – The scrum-half has now scored 14 tries in all games this season and he is proving unstoppable in open play. Nobody can catch him if he’s given a few metres headstart; evident by his two tries, 80 metres from six carries and three defenders beaten against Sale. The scrum-half also contributed in defence, making six tackles. Danny Care and Dan Robson were also impressive for Harlequins and Wasps respectively.

Prop: Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Hooker: Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) – In his 100th appearance for the Black, Blue and Whites the hooker made all his tackles and was aggressive in that department. Also reliable with his lineout throwing.

Prop: Will Stuart (Wasps)

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