Will Greenwood picks his moments from Round Five of the Heineken Cup
Last Updated: 13/01/14 3:31pm
Leinster celebrate their win over Castres
Team of the Week: Leinster
No-one had won at Castres for 51 weeks and after Leinster went down 14-0 in the first 20 minutes, it looked like that would be stretched to 52 weeks. However, Leinster relied on their experience, their confidence and their patience and as the game went on, they just got better and better. A great comeback and Pool One is in their hands now - they will head back to Dublin where they will look to seal their place in the quarter-finals when they take on the Ospreys.
Player of the week: Ibrahim Diarra
The Castres flanker may have been on the losing side, but he was superb against Leinster. He helped his side get off to a cracking start - it was his offload out of the tackle that helped Remi Lamerat go off on his rollicking run where he seemed to break through just about every player in the Leinster team. It was from that run that Castres got their first try and then Diarra stole the ball to set up their second as Bruce Dulin went over.
Try of the Week: George North
Danny Care's superb bit of skill to put Matt Hopper over in the Harlequins v Clermont game was superb but for me, it was George North all the way. The ball was turned over in the Saints' 22 and some good vision from Kahn Fotuali'i saw him go on the attack. He passed to North who broke through a tackle from Jeff Hassler and Tom Isaacs before racing the length of the field to score - just an outstanding try and highlights his super star qualities.
Moment of the Week: Dylan Hartley's tackle on Richard Fussell
Northampton's defence was solid all day but when Dan Biggar chipped through it looked like Ospreys full-back Richard Fussell would get on the end of it and score. He did get onto the end of it but Dylan Hartley showed tremendous strength to hold him up. Some brilliant and determined work from the Saints captain.
Villain of the Week: Nick Evans
Let's not call this the Villain of the Week, but rather the Miss of the Week! Nick Evans was superb against Clermont and it was his play that looked like Harlequins were going to record a superb win over the French giants. His penalty almost in front of the posts in the 68th minute to give Quins a 16-8 lead looked like a formality. However he scuffed it wide and let Clermont off the hook.