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Gallagher Premiership: Five standout players as Bristol Bears, Northampton Saints and Bath Rugby record big wins

Round 15 of the Gallagher Premiership is now in the rear view mirror, and boy what a weekend it was! 

The action started at the StoneX, as Saracens ran away with a comfortable 46-24 win over Gloucester. This game was swiftly (quite literally 5 minutes later) by a feisty East Midlands derby, which saw Northampton Saints put Leicester Tigers to the sword in a 40-17 win.

Wrapping up the games on Saturday, Bath avenged their Champions Cup defeat by beating Exeter 26-14 at Sandy Park.

On Sunday, Bristol Bears set a new Premiership record as they destroyed Newcastle Falcons 85-14. The final game of the weekend also saw Sale Sharks beat Harlequins 37-31.

But which players made the best account of themselves this weekend? Here are five players that stood out in the Gallagher Premiership this weekend!

Gallagher Premiership: Five standout players as Bristol Bears, Northampton Saints and Bath Rugby record big wins

Gabriel Ibitoye 

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The Bristol Bears winger was fantastic against Newcastle. He was a constant threat in attack, and helped create most of Bristol’s chances. He is quietly going about his business this season, but his form of late could be catching the eye of Steve Borthwick.

Alex Mitchell

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Another stellar showing from the Saint scrum-half. He was influential in their victory over Leicester Tigers, and also laid down a marker over fellow England international Jack van Poortvliet.

Orlando Bailey 

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There was a lot of pressure on Bailey’s shoulders this weekend, but he effortlessly stepped into Russell’s boots. He combined well with Ben Spencer to guide Bath to their first victory at Sandy Park since 2016.

Benhard Janse van Rensburg 

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The Bristol centre is probably in the form of his life right now, but Newcastle was a special performance. He notched two tries for himself, but he also provided two assists and was generally impressive in all areas.

Ellis Genge 

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Arguably one of his best performances for the Bears. He channelled his inner fly-half to send Max Malins in for his try, and he scored a worldie of his own to rubber stamp a great display.