Who’s hot…and who’s not!

Date published: January 6 2015

It is time for our 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!

Jake White’s Montpellier: After a dismal couple of months that has seen little success on the field and a lot of unhappiness off it, Montpellier got their train back on the tracks with a morale-boosting win over the champions of France and Europe, Toulon. Was it the “Jake White effect”? It’s a theory that would be hard to argue against. Montpellier have a very strong squad and with a bit of confidence, they can beat just about anyone. Beware.

Stephen Myler and Northampton: After being widely criticised for their ‘negative tactics’ at Twickenham a week earlier, Saints turned up the heat to score five tries on Friday and underline their status as favourites for the Premiership title. Kudos to Myler, who became just the second player to hit 2,000 points for the club. A mention too for Newcastle, who played their part in a spectacle worth the ticket price. Despite putting out a weakened team, the Falcons produced some quality stuff. They were good against Sarries last week too – they’re a team on the up, even if the results are slow in coming.

Connacht: Unbeaten at the Sportsground this season, Pat Lam’s team added the scalp of Munster to that of Leinster from earlier this campaign. It was their first win over Munster in six years as they came back from 0-13 down after 15 minutes. Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw was particularly impressive as he continues his battle with Ulster’s impressive Darren Cave for the international number thirteen jersey ahead of the Six Nations.