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British & Irish Lions Team of the Week

Mon, Jan 23, 2017, Posted by   print

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After an eventful final round of Pool play in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, here is our Lions team of the week.

15. Stuart Hogg

Another strong performance from the Scotland and Glasgow fullback. Joined the line with great effect and operated as a second distributor, regularly putting the likes of Seymour and Lee Jones into space.

14. Tommy Seymour

Hit a superb line to score Glasgow’s first try and set the wheels in motion. He has offerings everything you want in a winger; intelligent footballer coming off his wing to great effect combined with pace and power.

13. Will Addison

Addison put in a man of the match performance for Sale Sharks including a superb individual try to see his team snap a 10 match losing streak in all competitions against Scarlets.

12. Robbie Henshaw

Showed a turn of pace for his first try and was close in support like any good midfielder should be as he barged over his second during Leinster’s draw over Castres.

11. Chris Ashton

Looked lively throughout and his work-rate was rewarded with a crucial try in Saracens win over Toulon, overtaking the great Brian O’Driscoll in the record books in the process.

10. Finn Russell

The Scotland fly-half was instrumental in leading Glasgow to their first European Cup quarter-final. He controlled the game from the first minute, making breaks for fun, sending players through holes as well as near perfection when kicking with ball in hand.

9. Rhys Webb

Got through an hour of work in his comeback match from ankle surgery. Distribution was sound and managed to cross the whitewash as Ospreys beat Newcastle in the Challenge Cup.

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1. Gordon Reid

At the heart of a dominant Glasgow scrum, tireless at the breakdown and an offload that started the Mark Bennett try. Gordon Reid put in one of his best performances in a Glasgow jersey.

2. Fraser Brown

14 carries for a front row forward epitomises the Glasgow performance. A near perfect line out and powerful scrum gave the Glasgow back line the set piece platform to punish Leicester.

3. Tadhg Furlong

The 24-year-old hardly puts a foot wrong and is a big part of Leinster’s dominance at set piece.

4. Maro Itoje

Saracens clash against Toulon was a bruising encounter and Itoje more than held his own on both attack and defence. 13 completed tackles and none missed.

5. Jonny Gray

Glasgow’s captain is having a season for the record books and it’s no coincidence that his vein of form coincides with Glasgow’s first appearance in a European Cup quarter-final. Secured the bonus point with a well taken try just before half-time.

6. Ryan Wilson

His second half try was just reward for an outstanding performance. The openside caused Leicester no end of problems at the breakdown and was a vital link player.

7. Josh van der Flier

The Leinster openside was a menace at the breakdown and in defence in tandem with Jamie Heaslip, and will be hopeful for more opportunities for his country in the Six Nations.

8. CJ Stander

Continues to win man of the match awards for fun at Munster. You can’t argue with his numbers; 18 carries for 66 metres, and 13 tackles with none missed against Racing 92.

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