Across the channel, the Top 14 has reached the half way stage and what a season it has been so far.

There has been 292 tries, 223 conversions, 569 penalties and 30 drop goals all of which adds up to an astonishing 3703 points so far this season.

Clermont are currently ruling the roost on 40 points but with just five points separating second place Toulouse and Racing Metro in eighth, we are set up for an exciting second half of the season.

Opta have worked their magic once again and have put together the Top 14 Team of the Season so far.

Loose Head Prop – Thomas Domingo, Clermont Auvergne
The French international has been impressive this season. He makes the hard yards for his side and is the only prop to have scored one of Clermont’s 36 tries.

Thomas Domingo has impressed for Clermont so far this season

Hooker – Ole Avei, Bordeaux Begles
Raphael Ibanez must look on like a proud parent whenever Avei has taken the field this season. He has been powerful with the ball in hand and can boast an 85% lineout success rate.

Tight Head Prop – Cencus Johnston, Toulouse
Another Samoan international in the front row, Johnstone’s work rate has resembled that of a back row player rather than a 130kg prop.

Lock – Jocelino Suta, Toulon
Suta has been pivotal for Mourad Boudjellal’s comic book heroes this season. The big French lock is a constant lineout threat and has tackled ferociously.

Lock – Lisiate Fa’aoso, Bayonne
Fa’aoso has appeared in all of Bayonne’s Top 14 matches bar one. His 10 defenders beaten and four lineout steals make him a constant threat to the opposition.

Blindside Flanker – Julien Bonnaire, Clermont Auvergne
The former French international has led his side from the trenches this season but has still managed to provide some flair, notably his pass between his legs against Biarritz.

Fulgence Ouedraogo recently extended his stay at Montpellier

Openside Flanker – Fulgence Ouedraogo, Montpellier
Fabien Galthie breathed a huge sigh of relief when Ouedraogo signed a contract extension with Montpellier. The French back rower has missed just one tackle in 578 minutes played.

Number 8 – Sisa Koyamibole, Brive
Brive’s monstrous number 8 has put up some equally monstrous stats this season. He currently leads the Top 14 in carries, defenders beaten, offloads and turnovers won.

Scrum Half – Rory Kockott, Castres
Last season’s Top 14 player of the year has carried on his form into this season. Castres recently paid up to secure the future services of the talismanic South African.

Fly Half – Francois Trinh-Duc, Montpellier
Despite being shunned by France in the Autumn, Trinh-Duc has not let that affect his form in the Top 14. He leads the league’s fly-halves in carries and metres.

Left Wing – Sofiane Guitone, Perpignan
The newest French flyer to burst onto the scene. Guitone has scored eight tries this season. He also scored on his international debut for Les Bleus when they played Tonga in November.

Maxime Mermoz has been in prolific form for Toulon

Inside Centre – Matt Giteau, Toulon
The former Wallaby has been worth every penny to Toulon this year. Giteau has beaten 21 defenders, scored 6 tries and totals an impressive 75 points.

Outside Centre – Maxime Mermoz, Toulon
Maxime Mermoz completes an all Toulon centre partnership. Mermoz has scored four tries and won nine turnovers, the most of any back in the league.

Right Wing – Metuisela Talebula, Bordeaux Begles
Speed, power and agility all come naturally for Bordeaux’s Fijian flyer. Talebula, along with Guitone, leads the league in tries scored this season. The young back has also beaten the second most defenders in the league.

Full Back – James Hook, Perpignan
A 78% kick success rate and 93 carries, the third most by a back, means the 15 shirt is filled by the frame of the Welsh international.

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