Team of the Week, Guinness Pro 14, Week 2
Another round of rugby in the Guinness Pro 14, and this week from a Welsh perspective, only the one win from the Welsh sides, with Scarlets defeating Zebre.
No surprises this week that for the second consecutive week that the side selected by Y Ddraig is heavily weighted towards the Scarlets, who are head and shoulders above the other Welsh sides at the moment. Will this change? Only time will tell.
So here it is our team of the week from the Welsh professional sides in week 2 of the Guinness Pro 14 League.
15/ Johnny McNicholl – Scarlets. The second week selected this time at full back where he played on Saturday evening. A really classy footballer with great angles of running and yet another try. In a rich vein of form.
14/ Ashton Hewitt – Dragons. Put in a strong showing last week and this week earned selection with his performance against Edinburgh. A strong showing and 80 metres gained on four carries in the match. Good performance.
13/ Tyler Morgan – Dragons. The young Welsh international showed glimpses of the undoubted talent that he has. Hopefully, a run of games injury free and we can see the young centre fulfil the potential he has.
12/ Cory Allen – Ospreys. Similarly to Morgan, injury free and Allen looks really sharp at the start of the season. Second selection in two weeks.
11/ Steff Evans – Scarlets. Must be a joy to play in this backline, so many opportunities to show your running skills with players inside you giving you opportunities and space. Evans is making the most of it. Another try and 63 metres gained in the game. A fine young player.
10/ Rhys Patchell – Scarlets. The fly half is orchestrating the back line beautifully and also kicked seven kicks out of seven attempts. On this form is going to push Dan Biggar hard for a start in the autumn internationals for Wales. Deserves a shot.
9/ Gareth Davies – Scarlets. Sponsors man of the match on Saturday evening. Looks rejuvenated this season, very sharp and a real threat to the opposition.
1/ Paul James – Ospreys. Very solid performance from the loose head prop. A strong scrummaging effort against his opposing player, Scottish international, Zander Fagerson, who James came out on top against.
2/ Elliott Dee – Dragons. Great to see the young Welsh hooker back in action after his injuries last season. Never took a backward step on Friday night, good performance.
3/ Samson Lee – Scarlets. Started the season really well and played his part in a dominant forward pack on Saturday evening.
4/ David Bulbring – Scarlets. Replaced the injured Jake Ball this week and put in a really good showing. Made 13 tackles during the game, the most by a Scarlets player.
5/ Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets. In outstanding form again. At the contact area, he is outstanding at the moment. A real force in the second row.
6/ Aaron Shingler – Scarlets. Another good performance by the back rower. A mention for Ollie Cracknell of the Ospreys who also had a good outing, but Shingler edges selection this week.
7/ Will Boyde – Scarlets. James Davies injured so in comes Boyde at open side and he was excellent. A young player who does not let Scarlets down when selected.
8/ John Barclay – Scarlets. Scottish international is the consummate back row player. Could play right across the back row and fill each position more than effectively. A nuisance at the breakdown and a strong ball carrier. Fine player.
So there you have it our team of the week. No doubt our friends at The Attacking Scrum will come up with alternatives in the next podcast (well worth as always a listen), but we stand by our decisions.