Round three of the Aviva Premiership is done and Jack Pitt has selected the star performers of the week:
Greig Laidlaw – The Scot has landed 16 of his first 16 kicks in the Premiership this year, the record is 22 from Mark Van Gisbergen in the 2005/6 season. In an unpredictable Gloucester side he has been a constant, always leading from the front. He has also formed a nice partnership with young Billy Burns. The win on Friday could be the spark Gloucester need to kick start their season.
Tom Homer – This man has had a chance for some game time with Anthony Watson’s injury and was retained at full back on Saturday, where he was outstanding. Defensively sound and never afraid to run with the ball, he is everything you need in a full back. If he maintains this form he is un-droppable, there was talk of a move back to London Irish, but on this form he will be an asset to Bath this season.
Kahn Fotualii – At 34, he is aging like a fine wine and was superb on Saturday, marshalling Bath to Victory. The energy he adds from nine is unparalleled and he really puts Bath on the front foot. With Will Homer up and coming, there is no better mentor for the young man.
Schalk Burger – Physical and abrasive, he is a like for like replacement for Jacques Burger who retired last season. He was sensational on the weekend and is a wonderful ball player for a seven. He worked in perfect tandem with the Saracens back row to give Saracens the edge over the ball, which helped them get the win.
Elliot Daly – A quiet start to the season for Daly came to an end when he announced himself on Sunday. I could have picked 5 or 6 Wasps players, but Daly was the pick of the bunch with his vision and his pace in attack. When Eastmond came on, they formed a potent partnership too. A hat tip to Alex Rieder however, who was equally excellent on the weekend.
Mike Fitzgerald – A big move to Tigers in the summer and he has settled in really well. It was a hard fought win on Sunday for Leicester and they didn’t make it easy, but Fitzgerald’s nitty gritty work was invaluable. The Tigers are spoilt for back row options and this man compliments the position really well.
Written by Jack Pitt for www.TheRugbyPod.com