Guinness Six Nations Team Of The Week – Round 3

Best of the best.

The Guinness Six Nations returns over the weekend for Round 3 with Scotland, France and England all recording respective victories.

The Scots defeated Italy 17-0 in what can only be described as a dull fair in Rome with fullback Stuart Hogg the only real spark for Gregor Townsend’s men with the Exeter Chiefs man scoring an incredible individual try.

France kept their Grand Slam hopes alive with an impressive 27-23 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Les Blues hung on well in the end despite an onslaught from the Welsh.

Sunday then saw England defeat Ireland 24-12 at Twickenham with the scoreline perhaps flattering Andy Farrell’s men in green who were dominated for large parts of the game.

Here’s your Guinness Six Nations Team of the week for Round 3.

15. Anthony Bouthier (France)
Another impressive outing for the former PRO D2 man who reacted quickest for the opening try that set France on their way to a famous victory. Stuart Hogg was unlucky to miss out here.

14. Jonathan Joseph (England)
Eyebrows were raised when the Bath centre was named on the wing for England but his silenced his doubters with a superb display.

13. Manu Tuilagi (England)
England really miss this man when he’s not fit. An absolute monster in attack and defence, Ireland just couldn’t handle him.

12. Owen Farrell (England)
Gave away a needless penalty by not letting go of CJ Stander’s leg but other than that he was pretty flawless, chipping in with an impressive 16 tackles.

11. Gael Fickou (France)
Another centre who was out of position on the wing at the weekend but he didn’t miss a beat.

10. Romain Ntamack (France)
This kid looks better every week. He’s quickly developing one of the best partnerships in the world with Dupont.

9. Antoine Dupont (France)
Another world-class performance.

1. Joe Marler (England)
A lot was said about Mako Vunipola being out but the Harlequins man got the better of one of the best scrummagers in the world in Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong.

2. Camille Chat (France)
He’s here for that turnover. End of.

3. Demba Bamba (France)
Wales were entering penalty try territory when this man came off the bench and ripped them to shreds, winning a penalty for France that proved to be massive.

4. Paul Willemse (France)
19 tackles and 10 carries in a monstrous performance.

5. Maro Itoje (England)
Drove Ireland absolutely crazy and just made himself a complete nuisance all day as all good forwards should.

6. Courtney Lawes (England)
A man of the match performance for the Northampton Saints flanker (lock) on his birthday.

7. Hamish Watson (Scotland)
Back to his best against Italy at the weekend following an extended period out injured.

8. Gregory Alldritt (France)
Three weeks in a row now this man make the cut. A contender for Player of the Tournament alongside teammate Antoine Dupont.