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Aviva Premiership Team Of The Week: Round Two

Exeter Chiefs v Saracens - Aviva Premiership

We’ve completed the second round of the Aviva Premiership.

At the Rec, Bath ran up a big scoreline, beating the Newcastle Falcons 58-5. The top two teams from last year battled it out at Sandy Park, however Saracens came away with an easy victory.

Northampton Saints breezed past Bristol, meanwhile Harlequins overcame Sale. Wasps won at Welford road for the first time since 2008, while Gloucester and Worcester played out a stalemate.

After just two weeks, there have been many quality performances and here’s the top players from round two.

The forwards

At loose-head prop is Simon McIntyre, who got through an enormous amount of work for Wasps. Despite being on a losing team, Luke Cowan-Dickie took his try well try, and was part of a strong Exeter scrum.

Working his way into my team at tight-head is Kane Palma-Newport. The local boy scored a try and was excellent in defence.

In the second row are two England internationals. Wearing the number four jersey is Dave Attwood, double try scorer and man of the match for Bath on Saturday.

Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership
(Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Meanwhile alongside him is the European Player of the Year Maro Itoje, who was relentless in defence, making twelve tackles in the first half alone.

Another Saracen is in my team at Blindside flanker, Jackson Wray scored a try and was a threat both at the breakdown and in the lineout.

Though he played at number six against Leicester Tigers, Sam Jones makes it into my team at openside. The back rower crossed the whitewash and was Wasps’ unsung hero at Welford Road.

After a dismal debut, Louis Picamoles makes it into my team of the week, mainly due to his ball carrying against Bristol.

The backs

At half back are a pair taking the Premiership by storm. Bath’s Kahn Fotuali’i is my scrum half thanks to his distribution skills and attaching threat. At fly half is George Ford, who has been the stand out English performer this term.

Revitalised under new boss Todd Blackadder, Ford’s kicking, both from the tee and out of hand, is back to it’s best.

Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership
(Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The midfield partnership is made up of two very different centres. Calm and clever are the best words to describe my number 12 Jimmy Gopperth, who scored once more while also creating opportunities.

In the 13 jersey is Ben Te’o, who showed his promise in Rugby Union with a well taken score.

The back three are all try scorers from the weekend. On one wing is another Rugby League convert playing for Worcester, Cooper Vuna.

On the other is Semesa Rokoduguni, who scored twice and could have had a third. Following such a performance the Bath winger will surely be on Eddie Jones’ radar.

At fullback is Sean Maitland, who scored twice against last year’s runner up, the Exeter Chiefs. Despite being a winger, Maitland can play at fullback, demonstrating his skills at Sandy Park.

Aviva Premiership Team of The Week: Round Two
1. Simon McIntyre
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie
3. Kane Palma Newport
4. Dave Attwood
5. Maro Itoje
6. Jackson Wray
7. Sam Jones
8. Louis Picamoles
9. Kahn Fotuali’i
10. George Ford
11. Cooper Vuna
12. Jimmy Gopperth
13. Ben Te’o
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
15. Sean Maitland

Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.