Each week after the Heineken Cup the Sky Sports experts will rate every player eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions and pull together a starting XV. Find out who impressed after round two...
Last Updated: October 22, 2012 1:47pm
Each week after the Heineken Cup our experts will rate every player eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions.
The likes of Stuart Barnes, Dewi Morris, Scott Quinnell, Ieuan Evans, Tyrone Howe, Scott Hastings, Paul Wallace and Will Greenwood are all in prime positions to see how each player is performing and the results will throw up some interesting selections that are sure to get you clapping in agreement or totally disagreeing.
Our experts will rate each player who is eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions out of ten - the highest and lowest scores will be removed to give us an average score that will decide where that player sits in our Lions Index.
The players in our Lions Index may appear a mile away from the touring party but a good performance in the Heineken Cup could see them creeping into our index and reminding us that our Lions heroes come from the unlikeliest of places!
Our pundits have been at pains to point out that this is not their selection for the first Test against Australia, but rather highlights who has been performing well in the Heineken Cup!
1 - Joe Marler (Harlequins) Average Score 7.3
Dean Ryan says: Marler is improving all the time but he needs to prove that at international level; he needs to take this form and be able to illustrate what he can do in the Autumn Internationals before he can become a Lion contender. Interesting to see Andrew Sheridan come back in second place - he is still a force. How many Australian scrums has he ruined?
Second: Andrew Sheridan - 7
Third: David Kilcoyne -6.3
2 - Richard Hibbard (Ospreys) Average Score 7.3Despite another solid display from Hibbard, the Ospreys still failed to get a vital bonus point as they lost 22-39 to Leicester at Welford Road. A disappointing weekend for the Opsreys forwards after a dominating display in round one.
Second: Adrian Flavin - 7
Rob Buchanan - 6.9
3 - Adam Jones (Ospreys) Average Score 6.6
Paul Wallace says: Although Adam Jones still tops the pile I don't think either he or Dan Cole - two big Lions contenders - stood up. I thought Mike Ross had a storming game and rightly moves into contention. Against Exeter he did not have one of his better games, but he really came back and deserved his man of the match award.
Second: Mike Ross - 6.2
Third: Carl Rimmer - 6.2
4 - Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) Average Score 7.5
The Ospreys skipper said his side was too slow to the breakdowns and lost control of the territory after they lost to Leicester. he also went on to say that things are never as good as they look or never as bad as they look...
Second: Steve Borthwick - 7
Third: Michael Swift - 7
5 - George Robson (Harlequins) Average Score 7
A solid forward performance helped Harlequins escape Galway with a win to take them clear of Pool 3.
Second: Ian Evans - 6.5
Third: Courtney Lawes - 6.3
6 - Rob McCusker (Scarlets) Average Score 6.7
Ieuan Evans says: Exeter never allowed Leinster to settle or allow them to develop them any sort of rhythm in the game. They were very physical and aggressive and I thought it was an excellent performance from Exeter.
Second: Tom Johnson - 6.6
Third: Ryan Jones - 6.5
7 - Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Average Score 7.3
Scott Quinnell says: Robshaw is going very well and taking that form on into Europe. But who is right underneath him? Steffon Armitage. He could well be going on the Lions tour but not considered for England.
Second: Steffon Armitage - 7.3
Third: Josh Navidi - 7
8 - Nick Easter (Harlequins) Average Score 8.2
Dean Ryan says: Nick Easter at No.8 and quite rightly so. He has been outstanding for two weeks. I don't care what debate it causes but this Index is all about form and he has been sensational. It would not surprise me if Warren Gatland said 'I could do with someone like that'.
Second: Peter O'Mahony - 7.2
Third: Toby Faletau - 7
9 -Danny Care (Harlequins) Average Score 8.3
Paul Wallace says: I am impressed with Care's maturity. We all know about his sniping and running ability, but he showed a lot of maturity against Connacht which has been a tough place for Quins to go recently.
Second: Paul Marshall - 8.1
Third: Kieran Marmion - 8
10 - Danny Cipriani (Sale) Average Score 7.5
Scott Quinnell says: I am not sure how the others marked Toby Flood but for me he was right up there and I am surprised he is not in the mix yet.
Second: Charlie Hodgson - 7.5
Third: Dan Biggar - 7.1
11 - Sam Smith (Harlequins) Average Score 7
Helped Harlequins go clear at the top of Heineken Cup Pool 3 after a 30-22 victory over Connacht in Galway.
Second: Eli Walker - 7
Third: Simon Zebo 6.6
12 - Jamie Roberts (Cardiff) Average Score 7.6
Roberts' and Cardiff's Heineken Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread after Toulon ran out 22-14 winners at Cardiff Arms Park.
Second: David McSharry - 7.5
Third: Ashley Beck - 6.8
13 - Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) Average Score 8
Despite being ruled out of the Scarlets team for their vital Heineken Cup clash with Leinster, Davies first week performance still sees him in the mix.
Brad Barritt - 7
Third: Eoin Griffin - 7
14 - Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) Average Score 8.5
Did not get as many chances as he did last week but still remains at the top after the scores were in for round two of the Heineken Cup.
Second: Tiernan O'Halloran - 7
Third: Hanno Dirksen - 6.5
15 - Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff) Average Score 8.1
Scored a try and kicked three out of five penalties but could not help Cardiff bag a losing bonus point as they lost to Toulon at home.
Second: Delon Armitage - 7.7
Third: Luke Arscott - 7.1
Heineken Cup - Round 1: Click here
So what do you think the panel's selections? Let us know your thoughts using the form below.