Team of the Week: Record breakers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:08

OPINION: England recorded their biggest win over Australia, so it comes as no surprise that English players dominate our Team of the Week for Week Two of the November Internationals.

After their 30-6 win over Australia, there are six England players in our side. New Zealand are the next best represented with four players after their 22-17 win over Scotland.

Scotland and Australia have two players each in our XV, while there is also a Frenchman is our side as well.

At the backline, we have Stuart Hogg, Jonny May and Rieko Ioane in the back three. Huw Jones and Owen Farrell is our midfield pairing this week.

Beauden Barrett gets our No.10 spot with Will Genia at No.9.

In the pack, we have Nathan Hughes, Kevin Gourdon and Vaea Fifita in the back row. We have an all-English second row in the form of Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury.

Our front row consists of Sekope Kepu, Dylan Hartley and Kane Hames.

Team of the Week - November, Week Two:

15 - Stuart Hogg (Scotland):
He was at his best on attack against the All Blacks and he nearly won the game for the Scots at the death.
Bubbling under: Damian McKenzie (New Zealand)

14 - Jonny May (England):
He scored a great try and he had a hand in another in a solid display against the Wallabies.
Bubbling under: Teddy Thomas (France)

13 - Huw Jones (Scotland):
The Currie Cup winner attacked the gain line well against the All Blacks and always seemed to make metres. He also scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Jonathan Joseph (England)

12 - Owen Farrell (England):
Although George Ford was at flyhalf, it was Owen Farrell who really controlled things well against the Wallabies. He was also solid on defence against Australia's big centres.
Bubbling under: Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

11 - Rieko Ioane (New Zealand):
He was outstanding once again out wide. He played a big role in one of the All Blacks' tries and he made some serious metres when he was given a little space.
Bubbling under: Elliot Daly (England)

10 - Beauden Barrett (New Zealand):
Scored an amazing try and made good decisions in open play once again.
Bubbling under: Finn Russell (Scotland)

9 - Will Genia (Australia):
His service was efficient at the base of the ruck and he made good decisions on attack.
Bubbling under: Ali Price (Scotland)

8 - Nathan Hughes (England):
He definitely did his part in a strong defensive display at Twickenham on Saturday.
Bubbling under: Sean McMahon (Australia)

7 - Kevin Gourdon (France):
Bubbling under: He was a menace at the breakdowns against the Springboks.
Bubbling under: Michael Hooper (Australia)

6 - Vaea Fifita (New Zealand):
He had one good break, but he did a lot of the ugly work for his team, especially on defence against Scotland.
Bubbling under: John Barclay (Scotland)

5 - Courtney Lawes (England):
He did his part in a good line-out display for England and he put in some huge hits on defence as well. He also got side over the advantage line on a few occasions.
Bubbling under: Jonny Gray (Scotland)

4 - Joe Launchbury (England):
He played out of his skin against the Wallabies. He had a few good carries and he was solid in the tackle as well.
Bubbling under: Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

3 - Sekope Kepu (Australia):
His work rate around the park was impressive and he was solid in the scrums as well.
Bubbling under: Wilco Louw (South Africa)

2 - Dylan Hartley (England):
He had one of his best games in an England shirt. he led the charge in a strong defensive effort and he found his jumpers at line-out time.
Bubbling under: Malcolm Marx

1 - Kane Hames (New Zealand):
He put in a huge effort at scrum time for the All Blacks, especially when they were down to seven men in the pack late in the second half.
Bubbling under: Scott Sio (Australia)

Our individual selections:

Leezil Hendricks XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jonny May, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Will Genia, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 John Barclay, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Kane Hames.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jonny May, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Will Genia, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Kane Hames.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Ali Price, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Scott Sio.

Previous selection:

Team of the Week - November, Week One:  15 Kurtley Beale (Australia), 14 Andrew Conway (Ireland), 13 Huw Jones (Scotland), 12 Bundee Aki (Ireland), 11 Rieko Ioane (New Zealand), 10 Johnny Sexton (Ireland), 9 Conor Murray (Ireland), 8 Nathan Hughes (England), 7 Sam Underhill (England), 6 Peter O'Mahony (Ireland), 5 Samuel Whitelock (New Zealand), 4 Adam Coleman (Australia), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia), 1 Mako Vunipola (England).

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