Team of the Week - Heineken Cup
December 22, 2010
Leinster's Cian Healy was the star performer in his side's victory over Clermont Auvergne in Dublin © Getty Images
Felipe Contepomi Dom Day Riki Flutey Ben Foden Cian Healy Jamie Heaslip Richard Hibbard Adam Jones Casey Laulala Maxime Medard Sean O'Brien Ruan Pienaar Simon Shaw Tom Varndell Martyn Williams
As the dust (or should that be snow?) settles on the latest round of action in this season's Heineken Cup we select our Team of the Week - but who made the grade?
15. Ben Foden (Northampton) - The fleet-footed Saints fullback delighted in running the ball at Cardiff Blues during his side's hard-fought victory at Cardiff City Stadium.
14. Maxime Medard (Toulouse) - The French international offered a reminder of his class with a lively display against Glasgow and pounced for his side's first try.
13. Casey Laulala (Cardiff Blues) - The Kiwi centre was a dangerman for the Blues and although on the losing side, he created a try for team-mate Richard Mustoe in a strong performance.
12. Riki Flutey (Wasps) - The England international, returning from a calf injury, produced an eye-catching second half cameo and had a hand in two of his side's tries against the Dragons.
11. Tom Varndell (Wasps) - Switched from the right wing berth he filled against the Dragons, Varndell helped edge his side a little nearer the knock-out stages with a try at Adams Park.
10. Felipe Contepomi (Toulon) - The Pumas star stepped into Jonny Wilkinson's boots at fly-half and wielded significant influence on his way to a try, a penalty and five conversions that ensured his side saw off a determined London Irish.
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster) - The Springboks international delivered a classy display to steer Ulster past Bath at The Rec. A constant threat with the ball in hand, he mixed his game-breaking ability with some excellent distribution.
1. Cian Healy (Leinster) - Arguably the player of the round, the no-nonsense loose-head spearheaded Leinster's victory over Clermont Auvergne with a bristling display that also reaped two tries.
2. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys) - His props may have stolen the headlines in the wake of the Ospreys' victory over Munster but Hibbard deserves equal credit for handing their Irish rivals a scrummaging lesson.
3. Adam Jones (Ospreys) - The Wales and Lions international produced a superb display to destroy Munster loose-head Wian du Preez with a brilliant blend of power and technique.
4. Simon Shaw (London Wasps) - The veteran lock continues to play a pivotal role in the Wasps side and was a key figure against the Dragons in the loose and at the set-piece.
5. Dominic Day (Scarlets) - The Scarlets carry the flag for the Welsh regions, with Day's try helping to propel his side to the top of Pool 5.
6. Sean O'Brien (Leinster) - The industrious O'Brien racked up over 50m with the ball in hand against Clermont Auvergne but that was just one part of an all-action display.
7. Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues) - Not for the first time the veteran flanker showed that there is still plenty of life in the old dog yet with a physical showing laced with skill.
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster) - The Irish international rarely puts a foot wrong as was the case against Clermont Auvergne. The Leinster talisman shrugged off injury concerns to inspire his side to a valuable victory.
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