Plenty of players have made a solid impression in the first few weeks of the season, putting their hand up for selection – but that certainly wasn’t the case for everyone this weekend.
Below, we’ll highlight three players whose stellar performances impressed, and three who did anything but.
With Northampton Saints and Wasps still to play, we make our picks for the five games so far this weekend below.
#3. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Devon Live: “Looks as fast and as sharp as ever, showing great pace and strength with his tries. Again, this was not the type of game for him to showcase his attacking prowess, but the fact he still finished with two tries is testament to his class. Chipped in with some good defensive work too.”
#2. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
In the court of public opinion, the Harlequin is already named as England’s fly half for the foreseeable future and he shone again on his return against Bristol Bears. Quins powerhouse Alex Dombrandt and speedster Louis Lynagh, who scored another two tries, also impressed on Friday night.