It is time for Planet Rugby to pick out the XV players who stood out from the crowd in the past weekend’s international action.
It’s time for Planet Rugby to pick out the XV players who stood out from the crowd in the past week’s Test action.
What a penultimate weekend it was in this tough November series as key wins were claimed by Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Argentina and Fiji.
Here’s our selection…
Team of the Week
15 Timoci Nagusa (Fiji) – It’s a testament to the strength in depth that Fiji have that Nagusa hadn’t started either of their first two Tests in November. He made up for it against the USA scoring the first try before making the second for Watisoni Votu. He plays on the wing at Montpellier but he looked very much at home at full-back. He was almost pipped to a spot by Beauden Barrett, who sparked New Zealand’s recovery against Wales when he moved to 15. He was disappointing at fly-half, but it was a cracking final 25 minutes once he moved to full-back.
14 Yoann Huget (France) – It was a rough evening for les Bleus, who were blown away for half an hour and never quite recovered against Argentina. One man who did stand up to be counted was Huget. His break at the end of the first half should have ended in a try, only for his support to arrive too late, while it was another of his runs down the right that set up Wesley Fofana for the only try of the game. Henry Speight impressed for Australia on debut and looked comfortable at Test level.
13 Jan Serfontein (South Africa) – Not many standout candidates here but Serfontein was solid as ever. One good clean break, a couple of defenders beaten and another big effort in defence, topping the tackle count amongst the Springbok backs as they kept a clean sheet once again. A mention too for Conrad Smith who held the Welsh big boys in check.
12 Jamie Roberts (Wales) – What a warrior-like performance that was from the centre. Up against Sonny Bill Williams, the All Black found little change out of his opposite number, who won the man-of-the-match award after his ten tackles and eleven carries for his country. Matt Toomua also impressed for Australia while Juan Mart