Lions team of the week: PRO12 dominates

It was a big weekend for the teams from the PRO12 in the European Champions Cup with four of the six teams involved winning their matches, while Saracens and Wasps recorded big wins.

But who made our Lions team of the week?


15. Simon Zebo (Munster)

The Munster fullback was involved in much of the good work during his side’s mauling of Leicester. Countered well, led the kick chase and scored a lovely try linking up with Conor Murray.

14. Keelan Giles (Ospreys)

This kid has serious pace. The 18 year old Ospreys winger scored two tries against Grenoble, one of which from 60 metres out where he burned several defenders to score. 11 tries from seven games.

13. Luke Marshall (Ulster)

Two crucial tries for Ulster as they got a big win over Clermont. Ran a beautiful line on the first try to open the scoring. Dealt with the threat of the dangerous Wesley Fofana.

12. Garry Ringrose (Leinster)

The young Ireland centre looks right at home as Leinster continue to build from strength to strength. Ringrose ran 49 metres from his 12 carries and scored the opening try against Northampton.

11. Sean Maitland (Saracens)

Prospered against a weak Sale outfit. A brace of tries as Saracens routed Sharks. Second finish was a lovely in and out to make his opposite number look like he wasn’t there.

10. Finn Russell (Glasgow)

Pulled the strings in one of Glasgow’s biggest wins in Europe. 13 points off the boot and a try assist, not a bad day out especially when you’re playing opposite Dan Carter.

9. Conor Murray (Munster)

It was touted as a big match up as the Ireland scrum-half went up against England’s Ben Youngs, but there was no doubt who had the better match as Munster thrashed Leicester. Box kicking and passing was superb, and his cheeky pass to find Simon Zebo to score was magic.


Joe Launchbury was integral as Wasps beat Connacht. David Rogers/Getty Images

1. Jack McGrath (Leinster)

Ireland have built some serious depth in the front row department. The Leinster loosehead along with his mate Tadhg Furlong put in a big shift against a Northampton side who pride themselves on their performance at the set-piece.

2. Rory Best (Ulster)

Captained Ulster brilliantly to an impressive win over Clermont. 10 lineout wins from as many throws, and did his core jobs well in a weekend where Dylan Hartley’s stocks plummeted as a swinging arm saw him red carded and facing suspension.

3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)

A rare sight seeing a tighthead prop awarded man of the match in the Champions Cup but it was thoroughly deserved for the Ireland international. Bossed the scrum, and worked hard along the field, as he said in his post-match interview he certainly met Northampton “horn to horn.”

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens)

Super outing from Maro who continues to grow after missing the autumn internationals through injury. Was all over Sale’s lineout with four steals, while he also beat four defenders with ball in hand.

5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Could’ve easily been awarded man of the match as Wasps beat Connacht. Came to the fore when it mattered most with two big turnovers at the ruck as Connacht looked dangerous, and scored his side’s bonus-point try as he lumbered through from 20 metres out.

6. CJ Stander (Munster)

Monstrous game. Made a big 30-metre run early on which set the tone for Munster. Stander finished with 67 running metres from 20 carries, 10 tackles and four turnovers. How South Africa let him go is baffling.

7. Sam Warburton (Cardiff)

Led Cardiff well in the big upset result in the Challenge Cup as the Blues beat in-form Bath. Got around the park well and played a hand in two of his side’s tries.

8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Continues to impress while Billy Vunipola sits on the sidelines through injury. Did well to spin out of a tackle to score a try at a pivotal moment, ended the game with 62 metres gained from 11 carries.

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