Thomas Waldrom continues to win plaudits for his try-scoring exploits with the Exeter Chiefs but his teammate James Short is turning heads out wide as well.
Waldrom’s seventh league try of the campaign in Sunday’s victory over Worcester Warriors means last year’s top try scorer in Aviva Premiership Rugby is leading the way once more.
But the bonus-point victory – the Chiefs’ fifth of the campaign already – owed much to Short’s brilliance on the wing.
The former Saracens man became the sixth different player to register four clean breaks in a game this season and he also beat a whopping seven defenders according to Opta Stats for Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Newcastle Falcons won a Premiership match despite scoring fewer tries than their opponents for the first time since September 2013.
The victory owed much to the defensive effort of Micky Young, the scrum-half making a round-high 16 tackles while lock Sean Robinson was one behind on 15.
They had to be at their best because on the other side of the ball Harlequins had two wingers in red-hot form – Charlie Walker scored two tries and made 129m with ball in hand – the most he has ever made in a Premiership match and the most by a Quins player this season while Marland Yarde made 94m.
On Friday night Wasps produced an impressive first-half performance to see off Northampton Saints and claim their first win on the road against them since November 2005.
Nathan Hughes’ 18 carries – only Waldrom (20) and Schalk Brits (19) made more – stood out while Rob Miller beat six defenders as Teimana Harrison’s 16 tackles were in vain.
On Saturday Saracens came from behind to beat Bath Rugby at Allianz Park as Brits’ carries and Maro Itoje’s three turnovers were critical to the victory.
Sale Sharks stretched their unbeaten home record to six matches, Nev Edwards crossing twice in their win over London Irish.
And finally Leicester Tigers produced a strong defensive stand to beat Gloucester Rugby – Dom Barrow and Sam Harrison both making 15 tackles.
And that freed up Peter Betham to carry for 104m in their narrow victory, the Australian also beating three defenders as the Tigers claimed a narrow victory.
Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons) 16
Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints) 16
Dom Barrow (Leicester Tigers) 15
Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers) 15
Sean Robinson (Newcastle Falcons) 15
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) 20
Schalk Brits (Saracens) 19
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 18
Charlie Walker (Harlequins) 129
Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers) 104
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 94
James Short (Exeter Chiefs) 7
Rob Miller (Wasps) 6
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) 6
Luke Wallace (Harlequins) 4
Maro Itoje (Saracens) 3
Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons) 3
James Short (Exeter Chiefs) 4
Charlie Walker (Harlequins) 3
Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers) 3