After 12 rounds of rugby here is the team of the season for the Welsh sides in the Guinness Pro 14 League so far. In a few positions the number of selections was equal so have gone with either the player being selected in another position getting the nod or just a decision made by myself on those players overall performance over the season to date.
The team of the season, week 1 through to and including week 12.
15/ Johnny McNicholl – Scarlets. The back three player has been excellent so far this season. When he has played right wing he has earned selections to the team of the week side as well. Has been selected four times in the fullback position so far and I expect him to pick up a number more selections as the season goes on.
14/ Ashton Hewitt – Dragons. Been impressed with the young winger this season. Always been a very dangerous player in open play but this season has tightened up his defensive game. Has been selected three times to the team of the week side to date.
13/ Scott Williams – Scarlets. The centre has appeared three times at outside centre and also twice at inside centre so far this season in the team of the week sides. On his way to the Ospreys next season where he and Owen Watkin have the potential to be a very potent partnership.
12/ Jack Dixon – Dragons. A number of players have been selected twice at inside centre including Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Willis Halaholo and Cory Allen, but the only man with three picks is Jack Dixon. The big strong uncompromising centre has also shown a different side to his game with little grubber kicks this season. Hopefully can stay injury free for the rest of the season.
11/ Steff Evans – Scarlets. Six picks for the left winger this season. Struggled in the Autumn Series for Wales, but in the League has been excellent. Very talented player, who has things to work on, but is more than capable of playing on the international scene if can sort those issues out.
10/ Rhys Patchell – Scarlets. In the first four weeks, Patchell was the choice at 10 each week in the team of the week selection. His form has slightly dropped off, what with the emergence of Dan Jones at the Scarlets, but fully deserves his selection in the team of the season so far.
9/ Gareth Davies – Scarlets. Davies has been selected seven times so far and has been in fine form all season.
1/ Wyn Jones – Scarlets. The loosehead has risen to prominence this season, has been a real find and I fully expect him to make the Welsh Six Nations squad this year.
2/ Elliot Dee – Dragons. The Dragons hooker started the season outstandingly well and played well for Wales in the Autumn Series. Dee has been selected five times to the team of the week side.
3/ Werner Kruger – Scarlets. The South African has been selected four times and has been a real find for the Scarlets.
4/ Seb Davies – Cardiff Blues. Both Davies and Jake Ball have received the same number of selections this season so far, but my choice has gone to Seb Davies, who over the season so far, I feel has had consistently stronger performances.
5/ Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets. In my view the player of the season so far for the Welsh clubs. Whether wearing 4,5,6 or 8 has done a great job. So far this season has won selections none times in different positions, four times at 5.
6/ Aaron Shingler – Scarlets. For seven consecutive weeks at the start of the season, Shingler was the choice at 6 for the team of the week side. Has been in excellent form which earned him a recall to the national side.
7/ Ollie Griffiths – Dragons. Three players have earned three selections for this position, Will Boyde of the Scarlets, Ollie Robinson of the Cardiff Blues and Ollie Griffiths of the Dragons. But for overall excellence, I have gone for Ollie Griffiths as the 7 of the season to date.
8/ John Barclay – Scarlets. Similarly to the above, three players have earned three selections for the number 8 position. Barclay, Nick Williams of the Cardiff Blues and James Benjamin of the Dragons. Again, for overall consistency of performances have gone for the Scottish captain, John Barclay, an outstanding back row player wherever he is asked to play.
So there you have the team of the season so far. A pretty strong side I think you will agree.