URC Team Of Week 5 – No Players From South African Clubs Included


Round 5 of the BKT United Rugby Championship delivered some outstanding individual performances. Here, we take a look at the best players by position from the weekend’s matches, with each side afforded a maximum of four representatives in the final XV.

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster) 
The man of the match led Leinster with five defenders beaten in the big win over Scarlets as he returned to the province for the first time this season.

14. Rio Dyer (Dragons) 
Went over for one of the Dragons' tries as they posted their maiden win this term when beating the Ospreys and led his side with eight defenders beaten, two clean breaks and 121 metres gained.

13. James Hume (Ulster) 
He scored Ulster's first try in the victory over the Emirates Lions and his four defenders beaten were the most on the team.

12. Jamie Osborne (Leinster) 
Grabbed two of Leinster's eight tries and topped the team with nine successful carries and two clean breaks.

11. Jimmy O'Brien (Leinster) 
Scored a try and led Leinster with 112 metres gained and four offloads as they romped to victory at the RDS Arena.

10. Tomas Albornoz (Benetton)
Kicked three penalties as Benetton slipped to defeat at Glasgow Warriors and his three turnovers won was the highest for his side.

9. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors)
Went over for one of Glasgow's four tries in the bonus-point win over Benetton while converting three of the scores. His six successful carries and three clean breaks were the best for the Warriors.

8. Sione Vailanu (Glasgow Warriors)
His seven defenders were beaten and two offloads led the Warriors against Benetton. His three turnovers were also a team-best.

7. Connor Boyle (Edinburgh) 
Played a key role as Edinburgh made it four wins from five as they dominated possession against the Vodacom Bulls.

6. Max Deegan (Leinster) 
Scored two of Leinster's eight tries against Scarlets and now sits joint-second in the URC with four touchdowns.

5. Andrea Zambonin (Zebre Parma) 
Was vital in the battle up front as Zebre put in 179 tackles as they fought back to secure a home draw with Cardiff.

4. Sintu Manjezi (Glasgow Warriors) 
Another forward who played a key role in giving his team a platform to attack as Glasgow claimed the vital bonus-point win over Benetton.

3. Scott Wilson (Ulster) 
Excelled on his first start for the province and was singled out for praise from head coach Dan McFarland after taming the Lions.

2. Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh) 
Scored Edinburgh's first two tries as the Scottish side kept up with the early-season pacesetters after victory over the Bulls.

1. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 
The third member of the Glasgow pack to make his way into the team as the forward group kept Benetton tryless at Scotstoun.