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Flats selects his XV from Round Two of the Anglo-Welsh Cup

Flats selects his XV from Round Two of the Anglo-Welsh Cup

Freddie Burns may have spent much of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season sat on the sidelines but he has been a force to be reckoned with in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The fly-half has hit 37 points so far and was a shoe-in in David Flatman’s XV from Round Two of the competition following Bath’s excellent 33-31 win against arch-rivals Leicester Tigers.

Burns is one of three Bath players selected in Flats’ team, with prop Nick Auterac and flanker Josh Bayliss also named.

Gloucester Rugby also have three players in the team of the round following their 47-7 win against London Irish – with in-form centre Henry Trinder again grabbing the headlines.

Trinder’s dancing feet terrorised the Exiles and helped the Cherry & Whites score seven tries but it was forward power that did much of the damage and Richard Hibbard and John Afoa join Auterac in Flats’ front row.

It may have been a weekend for new heroes but Northampton Saints relied on a couple of established stars in their win against the Dragons.

Full-back Harry Mallinder and winger Ken Pisi both scored tries and form an exciting back three combination with Newcastle Falcons winger Sinoti Sinoti.

Sinoti’s teammate Josh Matavesi joins Trinder in the centres while Sale Sharks’ Will Cliff is named alongside Burns at half back.

Sale’s 29-22 win against Saracens was perhaps the most eye-catching result of the weekend and Cliff’s teammate Ben Curry is named in Flats’ backrow after his superb display capped off with a try.

Wasps’ Nizaam Carr completes the back three while Saracens’ second row Will Skelton impressed enough to be named in the second row alongside Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Skinner.

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