Team of the Week: Champions Cup

Date published: January 23 2017

Round Six of Champions Cup games has come to a close, making it time for us to pick our Team of the Week.

Let's see who made it into our side.

Team of the Week: Champions Cup

15 Simon Zebo (Munster): Not his best showing in terms of metres but his solidity and calming presence at the back was clear for all to see. Scored yet another try against Racing 92 as Munster booked a home quarter-final. A senior player who led by example again.

14 Chris Ashton (Saracens): Has been vital for Saracens since his return from suspension, with another key score on Saturday seeing them past Toulon. Dare we say it but he showed opposite number Josua Tuisova how to finish. Less said about that moment the better.

13 Will Addison (Sale Sharks): Such a tough call on Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud, whose tackle on Alex Lozowski was something special. Jean-Baptiste Dubié also performed well for UBB but we go for Addison after his 141 metres from 12 carries, which included a try.

12 Rémi Lamerat (Clermont): Another three-way battle for this jersey as Toulouse's Gaël Fickou and Leinster's Robbie Henshaw impressed over the weekend. But in Lamerat, Clermont signed a classy midfield back who filled in nicely when Wesley Fofana was forced off. 13 carries for 67 metres but an all-important two assists see him earn this nod in a shift that could see him get a start against England.

11 Nemani Nadolo (Montpellier): First name on the team-sheet. What a performance it was from the former Crusaders wing as he beat 13 defenders for 176 metres, with that try against Northampton leaving Jim Mallinder amazed. Nadolo started with a superb assist then went from strength to strength to leave our mention, Castres' David Smith, not having a prayer despite scoring two tries against Leinster.

10 Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors): Another outstanding performance by the Scotland international over the weekend. Russell was at the heart of everything good Glasgow did in their 43-0 rout of Leicester. He kicked 13 points – five conversions and a penalty – and kept the Tigers defence on edge, beating three defenders in three clean breaks while managing three offloads in the process.

9 Morgan Parra (Clermont): The classy scrum-half dictated play for Clermont, kicking 13 points including five conversions and a penalty. He kicked only five times during the entire game against Exeter Chiefs as Clermont outclassed their opponent. So unlucky not to be involved with France this Six Nations.

8 CJ Stander (Munster): Arguably the most consistent loose forward in world rugby, Stander almost never has a quite game. Against Racing 92 he again led from the front, beating three defenders with a single clean break on the attack. A defensive stalwart, Stander also made 13 tackles as Munster beat Racing 22-10. Saracens number eight Jackson Wray also deserves a mention for his energetic performance against Toulon.

7 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors): The flanker scored a fine try from a line-out in the 43-0 thumping of Leicester. Wilson also managed two offloads and beat two defenders, while he made eight tackles as the Warriors dominated possession in a one-sided match.

6 Joe Tekori (Toulouse): Tekori was a man mountain for Toulouse, capping a dominant performance with a try. He also managed an incredible six offloads while beating three defenders in the process of making three line breaks as well as Toulouse beat Connacht 19-10. Honourable mentions go to Clermont flanker Peceli Yato who also scored for his team, while Ashley Johnson was impressive for Wasps with a brace of his own.

5 Sebastián Vahaamahina (Clermont): Forming an impressive partnership with another young French lock in Arthur Itturia for Clermont and the 25-year-old imposed his will on Exeter with a number of powerful carries, while making an impressive 14 tackles.

4 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors): Exceptional and right at the heart of Glasgow Warriors' famous victory over Leicester Tigers. Few players in Europe are as consistent as the younger Gray brother, Glasgow's captain at the age of 22 and a nailed-on Lion. He hounded the Tigers, crossing for a try before half-time and making a highly impressive 14 carries.

3 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors): Under the spotlight with WP Nel's injury ruling him out of the Six Nations and Fagerson impressed, making ten carries and showing real strength in the scrum as Glasgow made the quarter-finals for the first time.

2 Tommy Taylor (Wasps): England are incredibly well stocked at hooker right now and Taylor put his hand for consideration against Zebre. Taylor made excellent ground when he got his hands on the ball in Italy with superb angles while he also chipped in with eight tackles.

1 Cyril Baille (Toulouse): Don't be surprised to see Baille start for France in a couple of weeks' time at Twickenham. The Toulouse youngster is in fine form and was rock solid in the scrum against Connacht, while catching the eye on attack with his ten big runs.

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