The opening two rounds of the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup Pool Stage are done and dusted, and Irish players have featured heavily in the top points-scorers.
JJ Hanrahan – Munster Rugby (30)
Hanrahan produced a display for the ages in Munster’s thrilling 39-31 comeback victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne in Round 2. He was the catalyst as the province overturned a 28-9 deficit, kicking six penalties and three conversions.
The previous week the Irishman had kicked two penalties in Munster’s opening-round win over Harlequins.
Camille Lopez – ASM Clermont Auvergne (25)
With his Clermont side notching 11 tries in the opening two rounds, fly-half Lopez has had plenty of opportunities to score points.
The French international kicked five conversions and two penalties in the Round 1 51-38 victory over Bristol Bears, before adding nine more points in the 31-39 loss to Munster Rugby via three conversions and a penalty.
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John Cooney – Ulster Rugby (24)
Scrum-half Cooney has been a bright spark for Ulster as they have lost both their first two European fixtures of the season.
After kicking seven points in the 22-29 defeat by Toulouse, he notched a try, three conversions and two penalties in the dramatic 34-38 loss to Gloucester Rugby.
Ross Byrne – Leinster Rugby (20)
The Leinster fly-half has showcased his kicking prowess with two strong performances in the opening rounds of this season’s competition.
After kicking five points in a 35-14 win over Montpellier, Byrne tripled that tally in the Round 2 triumph over Northampton Saints – kicking three conversions and three penalties for the Irish province.
Santiago Cordero – Bordeaux Bègles (20)
He tops the try-scorers’ list with four, so it is no surprise to see the Bordeaux Bègles back among the points-scoring leaders as well.
After a solo score in Round 1 against Northampton Saints, Cordero grabbed a hat-trick in an emphatic 47-8 victory over Dragons in Round 2.