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Wasps/Leicester was an absolute stunner, both out of Europe but pushing the boundaries which is all you can ask.  Dan Robson again showed that he is the best scrum-half in England and if Le Roux plays against England in the Summer, watch out!

See Marcus Smith against Saracens in the second half – he attacked the line with pace, if only he had centres to run off him …..

Head Tackles – they continue to proliferate sometimes with the defence of ‘a shoulder which slipped upwards’. Let me be clear on my view – a hit or tackle which impacts the head with force is a red card, yes RED, every time until people stop doing it and the game draws a line across the shirt. It’s coming.

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Wasps and Exeter played out a wonderfully competitive top of the table clash last Sunday, and if it had been another team Wasps could have scored 40. Exeter’s patient processes look less menacing now, while Wasps operate with pace and panache. Dan Robson is not required by England but remains an outstanding asset for his club as does the departing Guy Thompson NB.

Racing 92 look to have built a head of steam in the Top 14 as La Rochelle other title contenders were seen off comfortably at the U Arena on Sunday. Clermont have to win the Champions cup now to qualify for next year as they are so far back in the domestic league – the QuarterFinal against Racing is in many ways the tie of the round. Not one for the fainthearted!