Two wins in the Guinness Pro 14 League for Welsh teams this week, so congratulations to the Dragons and Scarlets. Disappointing defeats for Ospreys and Cardiff Blues, so no real surprises that the team of the week this week is heavily dominated by Dragons and Scarlets players. A number of players are appearing each and every week purely due to their own respective performances and the inconsistency of their competitors. Hopefully, with most of the Welsh British and Irish Lions back and an improvement in performances by the Welsh sides, selection will become more diversified as we go along.
The team of the week selected by Y Ddraig is as follows:
15/ Leigh Halfpenny – Scarlets. Few decent performances this week in this position with Carl Meyer and Dan Evans also playing well, so no real standout, however, going with Halfpenny who scored one try, four conversions out of four tries and one penalty.
14/ Ashton Hewitt – Dragons. The winger has started the season really well, is eagerly looking for work and his defensive work has improved this season. Just gets the nod over Johnny McNicholl this week.
13/ Jonathan Davies – Scarlets. Made some strong bursts and put in a really strong performance. On top of his game.
12/ Jack Dixon – Dragons. Solid performance from the young centre. When you need someone to set a target for his forwards, Dixon gives you that option.
11/ Steff Evans – Scarlets. Was outstanding. Made 130 yards with ball in hand against Connacht, scoring a try. Is the form left winger in Wales, the question is will he start in the autumn for Wales? Hallam Amos was also outstanding scoring two tries for the Dragons, but Evans simply could not be left out.
10/ Gavin Henson – Dragons. Very effective performance from the Welsh international. Kicked three conversions and one penalty, in the victory and mixed up his game very well at fly-half with his passing and kicking game. Henson just gets the nod over Rhys Patchell who yet again played well for the Scarlets.
9/ Aled Davies – Scarlets. The scrum-half got the start this week and was very effective for the Scarlets. Has excellent service and is more than a capable understudy for Gareth Davies.
1/ Brok Harris – Dragons. Has really started the season well in his new position at loosehead. The Dragons front five is starting to look a very useful front five, and Harris has played a big part in that.
2/ Elliott Dee – Two tries and a man of the match performance from the young hooker. Is really making a claim for inclusion in the Welsh squad for the autumn series. There is a number of good hookers in Wales right now, but Dee is in excellent form. A mention also for Scott Otten of the Ospreys, who in a losing side was one of the better performers. Otten was a late replacement after Scott Baldwin late withdrawal following an incident with a cat (a big one mind).
3/ Werner Kruger – Scarlets. A player who when required puts in a solid performance more often than not. A strong scrummager and a player who excels in the tight.
4/ Jake Ball – Scarlets. Put in a great shift for the Scarlets. Carried well and hit rucks and mauls with real intent.
5/ Cory Hill – Dragons. Won his fair share of lineout ball and led from the front. A good performance from the Welsh international lock.
6/ Aaron Shingler – Scarlets. Yet another week and yet another selection for the athletic back rower. In outstanding form.
7/ Ollie Griffiths – Dragons. A combative performance from the young openside who has an outstanding skill set. Gets the nod over Ollie Robinson, who put in a good display on his full debut for Cardiff Blues.
8/ James Benjamin – Dragons. Another good performance from the back row player, who even though it is not his natural position, is playing really well at eight. A mention also for Josh MacLeod who played very well making twenty-two tackles in the game.
So there you have it our team of the week this week. Please listen to The Attacking Scrum’s podcast this week who as always will discuss all Welsh rugby matter and also discuss our selections.