Who’s hot… and who’s not!

Date published: January 4 2016

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It's time for Planet Rugby's weekly round-up of who has their name in lights at the moment…and who is making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

They're on fire!

Racing 92: Is it a coincidence that Racing have climbed to the summit of the Top 14 since Dan Carter's arrival? We'll leave that one to you, but their win over UBB on Saturday saw Racing move ahead of Clermont prior to Toulouse's game with Stade Français on Sunday. Maybe, just maybe, Racing owner Jacky Lorenzetti is about to get that elusive piece of silverware he craves.

George Kruis: Monster performance for Saracens – still unbeaten this season you know – as the England lock scooped the man of the match award in the destruction of Leicester Tigers. Mark McCall suggested afterwards that Kruis is a shoo-in to start for England in the Six Nations, and we find it hard to disagree on this form.

Edinburgh: 1872 Cup champions thanks to a 37-19 aggregate over the two legs against PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors. Are we seeing a power shift in Scotland? Edinburgh are now fourth in the table, with Glasgow eighth.

Conrad Smith: Pau might have lost to Toulon on Sunday but this try from the great All Black was very special. Whether he and Ma'a Nonu are still on speaking terms is unconfirmed.

Grenoble: Big win over Oyonnax for Bernard Jackman's men, who finished with five tries. Just their fifth win this year, accumulating over 40 points opens the gap between Grenoble and the rest of the sides at the wrong end of the Top 14 table.

Newcastle: After London Irish's win on Boxing Day it was left to Newcastle to respond, and how they did by knocking off Bath at Kingston Park. Last season's Premiership finalists hadn't lost on the Falcons' turf for over 12 years. 

Brrrrr someone get these guys a warm cup of soup!

Leicester: Selecting a weakened team always dented the Tigers chances of inflicting a first loss of the year on Saracens. But the pack conceding three penalty tries? Leicester?! No one saw that coming. We won't come down too hard on Leicester given Saturday was only their second loss of the entire season. But it was frustrating to see Leicester roll out a weaker XV in what should have been a huge meeting between first and third.

Bath: Something seems off at The Rec. That's the impression after a fifth loss in eight Premiership matches this season for Bath. Mike Ford has called for accountability from his squad and it's time for Bath to get things together given they're now nine points off the top four.

Apisalome Ratuniyarawa: Needless knee to the back of the head from the Agen lock with his side still in the game against Clermont, resulting in a red card. 

Fergus McFadden: The Ireland back could have damaged his Six Nations hopes after being cited for a stamp playing for Leinster against Connacht, with his hearing to take place shortly.

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