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RUCK’s Team of the Weekend: The best from the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

There were plenty thrills and spills on the opening rounds of European Cups this weekend.

Back-to-back Champions Cup winners Saracens showed their impressive title credentials, once more, as they smashed Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens.

Elsewhere, Racing 92 edged past Leicester Tigers and Bath smashed Treviso at the Rec.

But which individuals put in the finest shift of the lot for their team?

Fullback: Charles Piutau (Ulster)

The former All Black provided the X-factor and Jacob Stockdale provided the cutting edge as Ulster got their European campaign off to the perfect start with a 19-9 win against Wasps at the Kingspan. Bar one comically bad pass, Piutau was imperious and at the heart of the Irish provinces cutting-edge attack.

Honourable Mentions: Joey Carbery (Leinster), Simon Hammersley (Newcastle Falcons)

Wing: Liam Williams (Saracens)

The defending champions put 57 points on Northampton at Franklins Gardens on Sunday. That’s fifty-seven. The British and Irish Lions full-back scored two tries, created another and made 125 metres from his 17 carries – a hugely impressive showing.

HM: Josua Tuisova (Toulon), Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets)

Centre: Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

Only recently returning from injury, Henshaw was the official man of the match as Leinster overcame Montpellier 24-17, scoring a try from his 17 powerful carries that included three clean breaks. He was busy on defence too as he made 11 tackles.

HM: Garwyn Smith (Cardiff Blues), Maama Vaipulu (Castres)

Centre: Geoffrey Doumayrou (La Rochelle)

The star of the show at the Stoop. Among the multitude of impressive La Rochelle displays, Doumayrou was sensational as the French side overcame Quins 34-27. He made three clean breaks, gained 98 metres and scored two tries, and the first is one of the best you will see in the Champions Cup this season

HM: Solomoni Rasolea (Edinburgh)

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