After last weekend’s round of the Aviva Premiership, a number of up-and-coming and fringe England-qualified players made their mark in the latest series of exciting matches in the country’s top domestic competition.
We take a look at the individuals giving Eddie Jones and the rest of his coaching team something to think about.
Top EQP Tacklers
Exeter Chiefs’ 34-15 triumph at Welford Road was of course a wonderful victory for the visitors, but it also showcased the defensive power of the Chiefs with five of their players featuring in the top EQP tacklers list this week. England Saxons representative Don Armand tops the list with a stunning 22 tackles for his club.
In joint first place is forgotten England man Brad Barritt, who was pivotal in Saracens’ 27 – 35 win against Newcastle Falcons.
Another international outcast, number eight Ben Morgan, was impressive in defence despite his team going down 30-27 at home to Harlequins.
|Don Armand||Exeter Chiefs||22|
|Mitch Lees||Exeter Chiefs||17|
|Kai Horstmann||Exeter Chiefs||16|
|Harry Williams||Exeter Chiefs||15|
|Carl Rimmer||Exeter Chiefs||15|
Top EQP Carriers
Although teetering on the brink of relegation once more after a 41-24 humbling against nearest league rivals Worcester, Bristol’s Jordan Crane and Jason Woodward both feature in the top five for the Premiership’s best carriers.
So too do the aforementioned Morgan, the Chiefs’ Waldrom and Quins’ hooker/flanker Dave Ward – a regular in these articles.
|Thomas Waldrom||Exeter Chiefs||16|
Top EQP Metres Made
Once more Morgan features in the top five, but Bristol’s Tom Varndell leads the list for the most metres made in the Premiership last weekend. Wasps’ Christian Wade continues to impress for his club in attack, and Harlequins duo Chisholm and Marchant are two young players with a chance of caps on the summer tour to Argentina this year.
England winger Anthony Watson continued his comeback from injury with a decent showing for his club despite his team losing out 24-3 to Wasps.
Top EQP Lineouts Won
Harlequins’ Charlie Matthews was king of the lineout this week, but experienced older head Geoff Parling continues to make the top five lineout takers in the Premiership week in and week out.
|Geoff Parling||Exeter Chiefs||7|
|Jamie Gibson||Northampton Saints||6|
Top EQP Defenders Beaten
You can criticise Wade’s defence as much as you want, but this guy is dynamite in attack for his club – leading the defenders beaten stat this week. Unsung heroes Callum Chick, Phil Dollman, Chris Harris and James Short all continued to show what they can do as well.
|James Short||Exeter Chiefs||4|
Top EQP Offloads
Wasps’ Joe Simpson led the way with three offloads, with all of Christian Wade, Mike Haley, Josh Charnley, Will Welch, Alex Tait, James Chisholm, Ben Morgan, Olly Woodburn, Ollie Devoto, Jason Woodward and Jonathan Joseph completing two apiece.
Top EQP Turnovers Won
Gloucester’s Jacob Rowan was the turnover nonpareil with three, whilst Alex Rieder, Jordan Crane and Callum Chick all made a couple each.
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