The RUCK Team of the Week (TOTW) is released by us each Sunday and represent players from the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro 12 that have played best in our opinion the previous week.
Fullback: TELUSA VEAINU (Leicester Tigers)
Six years before being voted Leicester Tigers’ Player of the Year on Tuesday night, Telusa Veainu was packing frozen pizzas for a living, going home smelling of cheese every day.
The utility back, who was deployed at fullback on Saturday, though was once again at his scintillating best, underlining his fine display with a sparkling solo try as Tigers overcame Worcester 31-17 at Welford Road.
Wing: MARCUS WATSON (Newcastle Falcons)
Centre: RORY SCANNELL (Munster)
The centre scored the opening try as Munster secured a vital 27-19 bonus-point win against Edinburgh to put them on the brink of Champions Cup qualification.
Centre: SCOTT WILLIAMS (Scarlets)
Wales centre Scott Williams made a stunning try-scoring man-of-the-match return against the Newport Gwent Dragons in the second part of Judgement Day IV.
The centre scored in the opening exchanges and played a pivotal role in the Scarlets’ Judgement Day win in just his first appearance after seven months out. The victory also confirmed their Champions Cup qualification and kept alive their Guinness Pro12 play-off hopes alive.
Wing: CHARLIE WALKER (Harlequins)
Fly-half: DUNCAN WEIR (Glasgow Warriors)
Glasgow Warriors stand-off Duncan Weir put in a perfect 10 display as he helped his side to a comprehensive victory that keeps their hopes of retaining the Pro12 title firmly on track.
In what could be his last game at Scotstoun before a summer move to Edinburgh, he kicked 10 out of 10 conversions, the final effort coming after his own try which was Glasgow’s tenth of a demolition job on the Italians.
Scum-half: RHYS WEBB (Ospreys)
Two tries in the last six minutes from Ospreys skipper Rhys Webb won a thrilling Welsh derby at the Principality Stadium.
Prop: MATTEO ZANUSSO (Treviso)
The fierceness Treviso forward put in an outstanding display of strength and composure as the bottom of the table Italians murdered league-leaders Connacht in the scrum throughout to secure the unlikeliest of narrow victories.
Hooker: MIKEY HAYWOOD (Northampton)
Prop: JOHN AFOA (Gloucester Rugby)
Lock: COURTNEY LAWES (Northampton)
Lock: LEONE NAKARAWA (Glasgow)
Leone Nakarawa left the pitch to a standing ovation on Friday night after grabbing a hat-trick against Zebre.
The Fijian lock, who is moving to French club Racing 92, was in imperious mood during the game, looking as if he just would not be stopped.