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British & Irish Lions team of the week

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, Posted by   print

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After a captivating weekend of Champions Cup action we take a look at the players that might have been chosen on their performances in round two.

15. Simon Zebo (Munster)

He provided a spark in the Munster back-line on a very emotional day. He somehow managed to get in for a try, despite Stuart Hogg looking to drag him over the sideline and three Glasgow defenders trying to prevent him from crossing the whitewash.

14. Christian Wade (Wasps)

Wade was instrumental in the Wasps fightback as his break led to them tying the game at 13-13. As the game entered the final quarter he took advantage of some tired legs. In defence he took a good mark under pressure and got in some good tackles.

13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)

Davies crossed for a try for the Scarlets in their defeat to Saracens but with better players alongside him will improve during the November internationals for Wales after putting in regular good performances with the Welsh region.

12. Garry Ringrose (Leinster)

Ringrose was immense for Leinster as they fought back to gain a losing-bonus point and remain top of the pool. He has improved his defensive display and his ability to run at defences could see him as an outside chance at a Lions spot. Joe Schmidt will have to pick him for Ireland first.

11. Jonny May (Gloucester)

In his first match since December, May looked dangerous against Treviso in the Challenge Cup and got a try for his troubles.

10. Owen Farrell (Saracens)

If he continues in his current form, and playing at the highest level, Farrell looks to have the 10 jersey nailed down. Another brilliant performance from the out-half as he controlled the game. His kicking was brilliant and set the back-line alight.

9. Kieran Marmion (Connacht)

The scrum-half has performed at a high level regularly for the Province, but with Connacht’s rise of Pro 12 Champions to clinch a place in the Champions Cup, surely his part in that should be rewarded at international level, and an outside pick for the Lions.

Saracens’ Mako Vunipola scores the opening try in their Champions Cup clash with Scarlets. Warren Little/Getty Images

FORWARDS

1. Mako Vunipola

The front rower was at his devastating best against Scarlets and his offloading skills were once again on show. When he gets players one-on-one his ability to hand-off comes into play. Very difficult to take down in attack and brilliant at the breakdown.

2. Tom Youngs

A real captain’s shift. Led from the front with physicality in defence and around the ruck. And not one line out throw went awry which allowed his backs front foot ball.

3. Dan Cole

A solid performance for Cole and Leicester to bounce back from their opening round drubbing at Glasgow, putting his body on the line to stop the Racing attack.

4 Joe Launchbury

Solid at lineout time, made a nuisance of himself around the breakdown and was ever present in the defensive line as Toulouse battered the Wasps line, when they were ahead. Brilliant effort kept them at bay.

5. Iain Henderson

Ulster’s Henderson has had an incredible rise since coming on the scene and showed his force and defensive strength as Ulster edged Exeter. They withstood the challenge without conceding a try and Henderson ability to switch from second row to back row would benefit the Lions.

6. Peter O’Mahony

Another standout performance from the Munster victory over Glasgow. His clean-out capability was shown as he cleared two Glasgow defenders out of a ruck in the lead up to the first try.

7. Brendon O’Connor

It wasn’t pretty at times against Racing 92 but O’Connor was a leader in the forward pack and added a try in their victory.

8. CJ Stander

The Munster man has put in some memorable performances in the red jersey since he came and once more stepped up as the Irish Province played 60 minutes with 14 players. His ball carrying ability, offloading and tackling will prove some obstacle to dislodging him from this spot for the Lions.

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