Devoto showed his power to score the opening try at the Rec in a 32-26 victory, and although he is heading to Exeter at the end of the season, Bath head coach Mike Ford was happy to praise the young playmaker for his stunning display.
Carter moved one step closer to completing the clean sweep of world rugby’s premier trophies, booting Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup final. The All Blacks World Cup winner landed 11 points as the Paris side ground out a 19-16 semi-final victory against a mistake-ridden Leicester.
As a hooker in the current game there can be few more intimidating sights than preparing for a lineout throw with Itoje lurking in front of you. Itoje was responsible for pinching two balls quite brilliantly but just his general presence had an unnerving effect on the Italian allowing others such as Michael Rhodes to profit. Deserved his Man of the Match.
There is no doubt that Kruis and Maro Itoje are the outstanding second-row pairing in northern hemisphere rugby both because of their collective work at the line-out and away from the set-piece they are so involved in all facets of the game.
As Gopperth cleared on the edge of 22 he got blocked by Rhodes, who was able to gather and score. Lovely reaction and hands for the score but his all-around display is what landed his place in team of the week.
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