The Offload's Top 3 Champions Cup Performers from Round 2
October 24. 2017
The first block of Champions Cup fixtures finished this weekend and if you haven’t seen much of the action then you may be surprised at who’s sitting at the top of certain tables.
La Rochelle continued to impress with a big win over Ulster, while Exeter shocked Montpellier at the Altrad Stadium. Wasps & Leicester both bounced back with big wins over Harlequins & Castres respectively and Saracens scraped through against a spirited Ospreys team while Treviso will be gutted not to have picked up a win against Toulon. Other results included home wins for Munster and Clermont and a win on the road for Leinster against Glasgow Warriors. Once again it was tough to pick out just three individual performances but after much debate, we’ve finally whittled it down.
Does this man ever have a bad game? Armand was instrumental in Exeter’s 27-24 victory away from home against a strong Montpellier side. The powerful flanker scored first and second half tries, running for 31 metres over his 12 carries and made an impressive 13 tackles and 2 turnovers in defence. Big Don was crucial to the Chiefs in their Premiership winning campaign and was rewarded with an England cap in the summer, and with that form continuing it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see him in Eddie Jones’ Autumn squad that’s due to be announced in the next couple of days.
The young front rower showed why he is one of the brightest talents in English rugby with a near perfect display against Castres. The prop forward ran for 44 metres over his nine carries which included 2 clean breaks, two offloads whilst managing to beat 8 defenders in the process. It wasn’t just with ball in hand that impressed us, Genge was solid at scrum time and made 9 tackles in defence. With Eddie Jones due to select his England squad in the next couple of days, we expect Genge not only to get the nod but to feature heavily in the Autumn Internationals.
The Tongan flyer once again showed us why he’s considered by many to be one of the most exciting players in the Aviva Premiership. The fullback was clinical when it came to finishing, scoring a scintillating hat-trick in his sides big 54-29 victory over Castres. Veainu ran for a match-high 96 metres over his 11 carries, beating 6 defenders, making 4 clean breaks and offloading on 2 occasions.