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Flats selects his XV from Round 13

Flats selects his XV from Round 13

Round 13 saw the return of Gallagher Premiership Rugby after a month-long hiatus, with six spectacular games to treat rugby fans.

All six fixtures saw more than 40 points scored, with David Flatman’s star XV recognising the wealth of attacking talent on display.

Northampton ran in nine tries as they beat Sale Sharks 67-17 at Franklin’s Gardens, with a huge amount of incisive running on show.

Flatman has picked out full-back George Furbank as well as the centre pairing of Piers Francis and Rory Hutchinson.

Francis kicked 12 points as well as shining with his distribution, while his teammates both touched down in the second half.

Two wingers with England ambitions did themselves no harm, as Gloucester Rugby’s Ollie Throley and Bath Rugby Joe Cokanasiga both shone in their sides respective home victories.

The Cherry and Whites man showed sublime skill as he helped set up Jason Woodward’s try during a 24-17 win over Exeter Chiefs, while the Bath man impressed with an acrobatic finish against Newcastle Falcons.

It’s an all-Harlequins selection in the half-backs from Flats, as he pairs Danny Care and Marcus Smith.

The duo orchestrated Quins’ 47-33 win over Worcester Warriors, registering their third consecutive league victory.

Wasps dominate in the pack as they are recognised for their grinding 29-22 win at Bristol Bears on Friday night.

Loosehead Zurabi Zhvania gets the nod in the front row, alongside Bath’s Tom Dunn – who brought up a century of appearances for the club on Saturday – and Leicester Tigers’ tighthead Dan Cole.

Flatman goes with Wasps man Will Rowlands at lock, where he is partner by Saracens star Nick Isiekwe – who made 13 tackles as they triumphed 33-10 against Leicester.

Exeter back-rowers Dave Ewers and Matt Kvesic get the call in the No.6 and No.8 jerseys respectively.

They did the defensive dogwork in their defeat at Gloucester, with Ewers making 22 tackles and his teammate registering 19.

Thomas Young, fresh from impressing for Wales in the Guinness Six Nations, gets the nod at openside after scoring to help Wasps to their win.

15 – George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
14 – Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
13 – Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
12 – Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
11 – Ollie Thorley (Gloucester)
10 – Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9 – Danny Care (Harlequins)

1 – Zurabi Zhvania (Wasps)
2 – Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
3 – Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 – Will Rowlands (Wasps)
5 – Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
6 – Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
7 – Thomas Young (Wasps)
8 – Matt Kvesic (Exeter Chiefs)

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