Who’s hot…and who’s not!

Date published: December 9 2014

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!

Kwagga Smith and Blitzbokke: The Springbok Sevens team was in irresistible form in Dubai, smashing Argentina 40-0 in the quarter-finals, dispatching New Zealand 28-0 in the semis before beating Australia 33-7 in the final to climb to second spot on the World Rugby Sevens Series standings. Kwagga Smith was brilliant, bagging hat-trick against NZ before scoring again in the final making a few try-saving tackles.

Fritz Lee and Clermont: Les Jaunards became the first French team to win at Thomond Park – and only the third side ever to conquer the Limerick fortress in European competition – with a stunning 16-9 win, moving top of Pool One in the Europeans Champions Cup. Lee was outstanding, scoring an early try and chopping down Munster runners all night.

Harlequins and Toulouse: The only sides to have won their first three games in the competition, and as such, the teams in best shape for a quarter-final spot. Quins eventually saw off a determined Leinster side, with the ageless Nick Easter leading the way. Meanwhile Toulouse defended brilliantly early on against a dangerous-looking Glasgow before taking control late in the first half and emerging comfortable winners.

Leicester: It was a heck of a game at Welford Road, where the Tigers threw everything at the defending champions, becoming the first English side to beat Toulon in Europe’s elite competition as a result. Richard Cockerill’s side used their scrum dominance to take a strangehold on the game, with Owen Williams impressively taking every opportunity with the boot.

Newcastle youngsters: Unlike in rounds one and two of the Challenge Cup, this was a pretty strong Stade Fran