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Premiership Team of the Week: Northampton Saints lead the way after huge win over Saracens

Round 14 of the Premiership once again showed why this is one of the best seasons we’ve had in recent years.

Sale’s resounding win over Exeter pulled them back into play-off contention, and has closed the gap between second and eighth to just seven points.

Elsewhere, Bristol carried on their remarkable form with a good win over Gloucester, Harlequins beat Bath in a 76-point thriller at the Stoop, Northampton responded to their heavy defeat with a dominant win over Saracens and Newcastle fell just short to Leicester in a 98-minute game.

There were also some stellar showings from key individuals, but who made the biggest impact this weekend? Here is our best bet at a Premiership team of the week.

Gallagher Premiership Team of the Week

15: Tyrone Green

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A brilliant showing from the Quins fullback. On Saturday, Green looked the player he was during Harlequins charge to the title in 2021, and was at the very forefront of everything that went well for them against Bath.

14: Tom Roebuck

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A maiden hat-trick for the in-form winger. Roebuck was in fine form against the Chiefs, and proved why he deserved a spot in England’s Six Nations squad. Could easily have had four tries too.

13: Burger Odendaal

A solid showing from the Saints centre. He was hard pushed by teammate Fraser Dingwall, but he was really important in allowing the likes of Sleightholme (spoiler alert) to shine this week, which is an often understated skill for a centre.

12: Benhard Janse van Rensburg

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The former London Irish man is quickly proving himself to be a key asset in the Bears attack this year. He is a really powerful option to have in the midfield, but against Gloucester he stole the show.

11: Ollie Sleightholme

Similarly to Roebuck, Ollie Sleightholme’s try-scoring antics earn him a spot in our team. Phil Dowson piled praise on him during the week, but against Saracens he yet again showed he was deserving of all the good words.

10: Fin Smith

An incredibly mature performance yet again from the young fly-half. He was again influential in guiding the Saints around the pitch this week, and despite missing, the attempted drop-goal showed his confidence is growing. He is quickly becoming a real game-winner for his side.

9: Gus Warr

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He might be overshadowed by fellow Sale 9 Raffi Quirke, but Gus Warr was brilliant against Exeter. His box-kicking put Exeter under pressure, and he also provided Sale with consistent quick ball and grabbed a nice try for his efforts too.

8: Alex Dombrandt

When Alex Dombrandt plays well, you know Harlequins are playing well. The England international was fantastic against Bath this weekend, and once again showed why he is such an asset to their attack. He also grabbed himself a try too, which will please Billy Millard after a tough week.

7: Ben Curry

What a return for the England international! He was immense in defence, particularly in the 25-phase Exeter attack where he made three highlight reel tackles, but he also did some great work in the breakdown too. A proper number 7’s performance.

6: Courtney Lawes

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Courtney Lawes is arguably one of the best in the world when on top-form, and he was most certainly on top-form against Saracens. He was a constant threat at the breakdown, despite getting some harsh calls against him, and was overall incredibly impressive.

5: Elliott Stooke

The experienced second-rower was great off the bench against Harlequins, and he contributed massively to their late resurgence.

4: Alex Moon

The departing Saint is one of those players who is incredibly consistent. He is hardly ever below a 7/10, and is a proper workhorse forward. His physicality on both sides of the ball helped his team get the edge over Saracens in a bruising encounter.

3: Marcus Street

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It was a pretty dark day for the Chiefs yesterday, but the introduction of Street turned the tide in the scrum. This impact in the scrum allowed them to get some form of foothold back into the game around the time Feyi-Waboso scored, and Rob Baxter will certainly be pleased with his replacement tighthead’s work.

2: Curtis Langdon

You’re joking, not another one?

Curtis Langdon is another player emerging from the woodwork this season, and his move to Northampton has definitely brought out the best in him. He is such a mobile forward, and against Saracens his ball-carrying helped them edge the battle up-front.

1: Fin Baxter

Young prop Fin Baxter is having a remarkable season. His display against Bath showed he can be one of the best props in the league, and it was arguably his best performance to date. He was solid in defence, and despite the power of the Bath scrum he held his own.