Will Greenwood picks his Heineken Cup moments after Round Two
Last Updated: 22/10/13 2:36pm
Superb try from Mjekevu
Ulster were the big winners after the second round of the Heineken Cup as they took control of Pool 5 with a solid win over Montpellier.
Northampton kept their chances of progressing from Pool 1 alive with a victory over Ospreys but Leinster still look in control after their triumph over Castres.
Cardiff got over their first-round loss to Exeter with a stunning win over defending champions Toulon, while Saracens hopes were dented by their Wembley loss to Toulon.
Here's what Will Greenwood liked - and didn't like - in Round Two...
Team of the week: Ulster
Ulster's tactics were spot on as they went to Montpellier and produced a magnificent performance against a really proper side in France. The win against the tournament's dark horses in their own backyard puts them in total control of Pool 5. Montpellier may feel aggrieved with some of the refereeing calls, but Ulster took their chances and became the first side to win a Heineken Cup game at the Stade Yves-du Manoir. Montpellier had all the big guns out for this game but Ulster have really announced themselves on this tournament and with this win they have given themselves a get-out-of-jail card in terms of their back-to-back games against Treviso.
Player of the week: Paddy Jackson
Jackson's kicking was exceptional for Ulster against Montpellier but his tackle to deny Benoit Sicard from scoring under the posts was superb. It looked like Sicard was over which would have really put the home side back into the game but Jackson scythed him down on the line and Ulster cleared their lines. It was one of best try saves you will ever see.
Try of the week: Wandile Mjekevu
Cardiff's match-winning try to beat champions Toulon was certainly a contender but in the end I went for Mjekevu's bonus point try against Edinburgh - it was an epic and changed the atmosphere of the game. Edinburgh were on the attack but lost the ball in Perpignan's 22 and then James Hook's clever chip was gathered by Watisoni Votu who cut inside Edinburgh centre Jaoquin Dominquez. Mjekevu came screaming into the space Votu had created down the touchline and took the ball just outside their 22. He stood up the covering defence before cutting inside to score a beautifully-crafted try.
Moment of the week: Courtney Lawes' tackling
Every time Lawes made a tackle the whole of Franklin's Gardens shook. They were bone shuddering. He was the master of the kick-off, tearing down the touchline to cause havoc amongst the Ospreys.
Mistake of the week: Julien Thomas
Castres were 19-7 down with 10 minutes remaining but were on the attack. However, replacement scrum-half Thomas was sin-binned for a third consecutive crooked feed at scrum. Thomas cannot say he wasn't warned as he had already been penalised twice for the same offence and told that the next time he did it he would get a yellow card.