Guinness Six Nations Team Of The Week – Round 2
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The Guinness Six Nations continued this past week with Round 2. Ireland were the big winners overall with Andy Farrell’s side securing a surprise bonus-point win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
England meanwhile managed to edge past Scotland in a rather dull affair if we’re honest. Ellis Genge scored the only try of the game in a 13-6 win over the away side who reclaimed the Calcutta Cup they lost two years ago.
France and Italy then capped off the weekend with a game that was full of tries. The French always looked to be in control but Italy were much improved from their disappointing hammering at the hands of Wales on the opening weekend.
The Azzurri managed to score three tries against Les Blues but still fell to a 35-22 defeat with the French and Ireland now the only two undefeated sides left in the championship after two rounds.
A number of players impressed over the weekend but only 15 of them could make our team of the week with some notable performers unfortunate to miss out.
Here’s your Six Nations Team of the week from Round 2.
15. Jordan Larmour (Ireland)
The explosive fullback caused Wales lots of problems on Saturday, scoring an excellent individual try to open the scoring for Ireland. Really starting to make that fullback jersey his own.
14. Andrey Conway (Ireland)
Unlucky to be tipped to the man of the match award by CJ Stander, the Munster winger arguably played his best game ever for Ireland at the weekend. Scored the all-important bonus-point try and pretty much didn’t put a single foot wrong.
13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
His best game for Ireland in a very long time, particularly in the first half. Carried hard, made plenty of metres and shut down the Welsh in defence.
12. Owen Farrell (England)
Didn’t look himself last week against France and while he’s still a better ten – did well to carry his side through a difficult game at Murrayfield. Has to go to ten against Ireland.
11. Vincent Rattez (France)
Perhaps not as good as he was against England but a real livewire in attack.
10. Romain Ntamack (France)
Made a few errors but nothing too costly. Chip through beautifully to Thomas for France’s opening try and controlled the game very well. Very unlucky from the tee, hitting both posts and the bar.
9. Antoine Dupont (France)
Another magnificent game from the explosive nine. Very close call between him Conor Murray who was also excellent for Ireland.
1. Dave Kilcoyne (Ireland)
His cameo off the bench secured the game for Ireland with a massive scrum penalty on his side proving to be huge. Has to be pushing for a start in the next round.
2. Rob Herring (Ireland)
Super game from the Ulster hooker who is beginning to make that number two shirt his own.
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
Another barnstorming display from the Wicklow man. Literally unstoppable when he’s in this form as Wales found out for his try.
4. Maro Itoje (England)
The powerful lock was due a big game and he delivered on Saturday.
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Lovely offload for his side’s only try, the captain led by example but Ireland were just too good on the day.
6. CJ Stander (Ireland)
Another incredible man of the match performance from the Ireland back-row. His ability to turn over the ball when it really matters is incredible.
7. Sam Underhill (England)
A mammoth performance from the England seven who showed the kind of form that made him one of the most feared players at the World Cup in Japan.
8. Gregory Alldritt (France)
The Frenchman makes the team of the week once again after another hugely impressive performance. This guy is the real deal.