Week two of the Aviva Premiership is done and it was just as thrilling as the first with another try fest. Jack Pitt has analysed the action and here are The Rugby Pod’s picks for this week:
Henry Purdy – When he was released by Leicester in the early stage of his career, the move to Gloucester was make or break for Purdy and he has simply gone from strength to strength. He has looked razor sharp so far this season, epitomising everything you need in a winger: pace, power, defensive ability and awareness and support play. The England Saxons are not far off for this young man one would assume.
Semesa Rokoduguni – Two tries yesterday and he has carried on the form he showed last year. A deadly finisher, Todd Blackadder believes his performance set the precedent for the Bath performance yesterday. How Rokoduguni hasn’t got more England caps is a mystery to many and if he is on form, Premiership defences need to watch out.
Sam Jones – Jones is one of the most underrated flankers in the league and yesterday showed just how good he is. Whether it be the “dirty work” or his attacking play, he was outstanding yesterday. He has had to be patient coming through the ranks with Wasps’ artillery in his position, but whenever he has the opportunity, he takes it.
Jimmy Gopperth – Playing out of position at 12 and he ran the show two weeks in row. He isn’t afraid to run the crash ball, can kick, can finish scores and is accurate kicking at goal. On this form Kurtley Beale and Kyle Eastmond will struggle to make the side. Wasps are spoilt for choice in their backline and it will be hard to keep everyone happy.
Maro Itoje – 28 starts, 28 wins. Fairly sure if he is starting then his team is guaranteed to win (I’ve cursed this now), but many are tipping him to captain the Lions. Many also view him as the next Martin Johnson for England. Every test he has passed so far in his career. The dynamism he gives to Saracens is unrivalled. Saracens are looking almost impossible to beat at the moment.
Jackson Wray – A man of the match performance for Wray this weekend, he like many in the squad, have had to be patient for chances due to their rotation system and the sheer number of stars in the team. Whenever he has got the chance, he has taken it however and is ever dependable. His try was brilliantly taken and I would highly recommend for you to watch it if you can.
By Jack Pitt writing for The Rugby Pod - www.Therugbypod