<b>1 - Mako Vunipola (Saracens):</b> The England international had a very impressive game at Twickenham, and he took on Ulster's defence from the start with an impressive five carries in the first eight minutes. Despite some problems early on in the scrum, the 22-year-old readjusted and coped with the pressure put on by John Afoa superbly in the second-half.

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