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Team of the Week: Premiership, PRO14, Top 14 and Currie Cup players combine |  Rugby news

Premiership players from Bristol Bears, Wasps, Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints combine with Pau, Ulster, Toulon and the Cheetahs in our final squad of the week for 2020

Last updated: 28/12/20 14:29 pm

Sam Simmonds was once again superb for Exeter

Outstanding players from the Premiership, PRO14, Top 14 and Currie Cup combine in our latest TOTW for 2020.

15. Lima Sopoaga (Wasps)

A great display of kicking from the former All Black as he added 16 points to the wasps total. Recovered from an early defensive error that gave Sale his first try, but rebounded to produce a positive performance.

14. Teddy Thomas (Racing 92)

Team of the Week: Premiership, PRO14, Top 14 and Currie Cup players combine |  Rugby news

Teddy Thomas departs from Racing 92

The races were in great shape as they demolished Agen 45-10 in their Top 14 clash. Thomas threatened all night with the ball in hand, scoring their sixth try, and defensively just as strong.

13. Julien Fumat (Pau)

Fumat was full of racing as Pau beat Stade Français when they met the Top 14. Well carried, beating four defenders and he scored their first try.

12. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)

Hutchinson controlled the game for the Saints in midfield, creating space for those around him and reading the game well.

11. Gabin Villière (Toulon)

Ioan Lloyd was fascinating for Bristol against Quins, but Villière pulled off a hat-trick as Toulon beat Clermont 27-9 to stay fourth in the Top 14.

10. Ian Madigan (Ulster)

Team of the Week: Premiership, PRO14, Top 14 and Currie Cup players combine |  Rugby news

Ian Madigan’s 22-point run helped Ulster beat Connacht. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

His 22-point run saw Ulster overtake Connacht in their PRO14 clash on Sunday.

9. Harry Randall (Bristol Bears)

Randall was instrumental in getting Bristol back on track after a disappointing first half – he responded well to Pat Lam’s comments at the break. Provided plenty of fastpitch and his sniper races had the Quins defense in pieces. A good kicking game too.

1. Boan Venter (Cheetahs)

He may have been given a yellow card for making head contact during a tackle, but he played a vital role for the Cheetahs in their victory over the Sharks. A dominant scrum display and his try towards the end helped his team to the bonus point victory.

2. Sam Matavesi (Northampton Saints)

A big whore show was much better with her arrows and also carried well. Strong in the blackout too.

3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen (Wasps)

A massive change from Toomaga-Allen that lasted all eighty minutes as Wasps front row stores sold out. As the game progressed he became more and more dominant on the set piece and showed his commitment with strong runs at the end.

4. Will Rowlands (wasps)

A man of Rowlands’ game performance against the Sharks who never stopped working.

5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs)

A great defensive display from Gray once again, including holding Ruan Ackermann over the line to deny him a try. Carried firmly and did well to score his try too.

6. Steven Luatua (Bristol Bears)

A stylish display of Luatua that seemed to be everywhere for bears. He scored his own try and assisted two more – including their bonus point try when he found Niyi Adeolokun on the wing with a wonderful unload. A mention for Dave Ewers who has been exceptional for the Chiefs.

7. Jordi Murphy (Ulster)

A man of Murphy’s performance of the game as he was a defensive dynamo, finishing with 17 tackles. Ruled the trouble zone and ended with a try.

8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

Simmonds seems to be a constant in our Team of the Week and he ends 2020 with another eye-catching display. He has scored twice against Gloucester – bringing his total to eight tries in five games, and has been superb around the park in attack and defense.

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