Team of the Week: Champions Cup

Date published: December 14 2015

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The third round of Champions Cup matches has come to a close, making it time for us to select our Team of the Week.

Let's see who made it into our side.

Team of the Week: Champions Cup

15 Brice Dulin (Racing 92): The French international was in superb form in his side's home victory against Northampton Saints. Dulin proved more than a handful with ball in hand, gaining 156 metres with two clean breaks and five defenders beaten, and was rewarded with two tries for his efforts. Edges out Alex Goode of Saracens.

14 Olly Woodburn (Exeter Chiefs): Came into the Chiefs' run-on side as a late replacement for the injured Sam Hill and took full use of the opportunity presented to him. Although he didn't score a try, Woodburn was a constant threat on attack, gaining 130 metres with two clean breaks and three defenders beaten.

13 Paul Williams (Stade Français): Was one of his team's stars in their rout of Treviso during which he scored two tries. Williams was a constant threat on attack, winning 74 metres with two clean breaks, two defenders beaten and three offloads. Elliot Daly also did well for Wasps.

12 Stuart McCloskey (Ulster): One of the stand-out performers in his side's one-sided victory over Toulouse. McCloskey gained 61 metres, with one clean break and an offload after beating eight defenders. Also made nine tackles and edges out Meyer Bosman of Stade Français.

11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Glasgow Warriors): The Wallaby flyer was in a rampant mood in his side's demolition of the Scarlets at Scotstoun. Naiyaravoro crossed for a hat-trick of tries and gained an incredible 231 metres with six clean breaks, eight defenders beaten four offloads. Charles Piutau also shone for Wasps.

10 Dan Carter (Racing 92): After guiding New Zealand to World Cup glory, Carter made a solid debut for Racing in their win over Northampton. The World Player of the Year shone as a playmaker and wasn't shy to put his body on the line making nine tackles. Beats out Bath's matchwinner George Ford.

9 Ben Youngs Leicester (Leicester Tigers): Played a major role in his side's triumph at Munster. Youngs impressed with his service to his outside backs and always kept the defence guessing with his sniping breaks around the fringes of the rucks and mauls. Gained 53 metres, with two clean breaks and three defenders beaten.

8 Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs): The big back-row is in a rich vein of try-scoring form and followed up last weekend's hat-trick against Wasps in the Premiership by scoring a brace of tries in a memorable win for the Chiefs over Clermont. Waldrom proved difficult to stop, winning 80 metres on attack with one clean break, five defenders beaten and one offload. Sergio Parisse also impressed for Stade Français.

7 Francois Louw (Bath): The Springbok tearaway got the better of Wasps' Wallabies great George Smith in an epic battle at the Ricoh Arena. Louw was crowned Man of the Match especially for his work at the breakdown where he won two crucial turnovers but also impressed with his leadership. Toulon's Steffon Armitage also shone in his side's win over Leinster.

6 Matt Garvey (Bath): Combined brilliantly with his captain, Louw, in thwarting the threat posed by Smith especially on defence where he led the way with 22 tackles. Sarries bruiser Michael Rhodes also impressed.

5 Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow Warriors): Impressed against the Scarlets with a solid shift in his team's boiler room. Nakarawa looked dangerous with ball in hand, gaining 55 metres in the process with one clean break, four defenders beaten and three offloads.

4 Maro Itoje (Saracens): The young second-row is growing with each game and delivered another polished performance in his side's win at Oyonnax. Itoje impressed in the set phases, winning five lineouts but also caught the eye on attack, gaining 29 metres with two clean breaks and scored a deserved try.

3 Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92): The former Chiefs Super Rugby stalwart caught the eye with several bulldozing runs which proved a handful for the Saints defenders. One such run culminated in a delightful offload to Dulin who duly got over for an easy try.

2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers): Was one of Leicester's heroes in that away win at Munster. Youngs shone on defence with 17 hits and impressed at his core duties. Beats out Jack Yeandle of Exeter.

1 Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92): Rounded off an impressive display by scoring one of his side's tries and delivered a busy shift at the coalface of Racing's forward effort. Heinke van der Merwe also impressed for Stade Français.

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