By Ali Stokes
1. Loosehead - Mako Vunipola
A name that seems almost immovable within our team of the week is the untiring Mako Vunipola, who is proving himself to be the Duracell Bunny of heavyweight props.
The England and Lions star continually provides Saracens with front-foot ball, shifts himself around the park like a man half his considerable 121kg frame and provides high-value passing skills for a tight-five forward.
2. Hooker - George McGuigan
It's been a few years since we saw former England Saxons hooker McGuigan at his game busting best, but on Friday night, the 25-year-old was causing havoc for the Wasps defence throughout his 69-minute performance. He may have topped off his evening with a try had he not knocked on after doing all the hard work of pulling off a sumptuous running line and breaking clean through Wasps' defensive line.
3. Tighthead - titi lamositele
In the absence of injured Pumas man Juan Figallo and Springbok Vincent Kock - the latter of whom is currently with the Springboks - Lamositele has grasped his opportunity with both hands, standing to be counted in Saracens' 50-point victory over Bath.
A clean break early on in the second-half at Allianz Park set up Wales and Lions wing Liam Williams for the second of his hat-trick scores.
4. No.4 Lock - James Horwill
It's been five long months since Harlequins have been able to boast the former Wallabies skipper within their starting lineups, returning in the same field he left injured back in May.
The Quins co-captain's influence was likely a notable factor of the visiting side's Kingsholm victory yesterday afternoon, pairing summer signing Matt Symons in the engine room to help supply Harlequins with much-needed grunt and stability.
5. No.5 Lock - Will Rowlands
With the likes of Joe Launchbury, Matt Symons, Kearnan Myall and James Gaskell packing Wasps' locking stocks over the last few years, Rowland's opportunities have been far from regular.
The 123kg lock took his chance against Newcastle, using every last gram of his frame to provide an abrasive ballast in the scrum and over the game line. A well-deserved man of the match performance at Kingston Park.
6. Blindside - Jake Polledri
He may have come up on the end of the wrong side of the scoreboard this weekend, but the Italian international permitted himself no drop in performance levels, setting up Danny Cipriani's 14th-minute score at Kingsholm after a rampaging linebreak and astute final pass.
Italy have quite the future backrow with Polledri hammering out stupendous performances week-in-week-out.
7. Openside - Lewis Ludlam
Ludlam may have anticipated few opportunities in a starting jersey at Saints this season with Springbok Henrich Brussow and James Haskell in town.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old has taken his chances and presented himself as a thorn in Bristol's side this weekend. A nuisance on and off the ball, Ludlam was a cruical component of the Saints' high-scoring victory at 'The Gate'.
8. Number Eight - Mark Wilson
The Newcastle Falcons stalwart is proving effective out of position at number eight, pairing his usual dogged graft with a pleasing nose for a gap and the odd finishihg moves to register three tries for himself so far this season.
The 28-year-old was at the heart of Newcastle's performance on Friday night and is arguably the inform backrower within England circles.
9. Scrum-half - Andy Uren
With a fit again Nick Stirzaker nipping at his heels, Bristol and former Richmond 22-year-old is proving to be a well rounded halfback for the Premiership returnees, closely losing out on a try during his handy performance verses Saints after a narrow call saw referee Luke Pearce adjudge opposite man Cobus Reinach to have enough of a hold on his opponent to see Uren's score chalked off.
10. Fly-half - Owen Farrell
A consummate performer, Farrell harmonised his Saracens machinery with supreme finesse at Allianz Park yesterday. Once again filling the role of master-puppeteer whilst also unafraid of getting his hands dirty and deadly from the boot.
11. Left Wing - Sinoti Sinoti
After a weeks rest, Newcastle's Samoan bundle of barbed wire on the wing was back to his bamboozling best. The 33-year-old is an artisan of the step, plying his trade to tremendous effect in the lead-up to Mark Wilson's try. It would be a crime not to include the Falcons wing in this week's XV.
12. Inside Centre - Johnny Williams
Josh Matavesi's injury may have put a serious spanner in Newcastle's works if not for the summer arrival of 21-year-old Williams. While his first start against Worcester may have been slightly subdued and marked with one or two somewhat crucial errors, he was something near his best against Wasps, with two tries to his name in a close defeat.
13. Outside Centre - Chris Harris
A man that rarely receives the plaudits he deserves. Harris fills the role of distributor, defensive organiser and nimble strike runner. There are plenty of comparisons to be made between Harris and All Black great Conrad Smith. Usually it's pictures that speak a thousand words, but in this case, it's the previous sentence.
14. Right Wing - Liam Williams
If not for a knock-on no more than three meters from Bath's line, William's hat-trick would have been replaced with a quartet of scores this week, filling the role of predatorily Saracens winger left vacant by Chris Ashton, now at Sale Sharks, and the injured David Strettle.
Williams' feigned bootlace trickery was a particularly crafty piece of deception.
15. Fullback - Alex Goode
England exile, Goode, put on one of his best displays in recent memory at Allianz Park, slicing through Bath's defence almost at will. It's hard to find the words to describe quite how influential Goode's supporting lines and creative presence were on Saturday, few would do it justice.
So we'll settle with grandiose. While this can either describe something or someone as either extravagant or pretentious, there is no doubt that it in this case, it is the former.