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Round three of the Six Nations did not disappoint, with three cracking fixtures. France dispatched of Italy with relative ease on Friday night, before Ireland and Scotland stole the spotlight on Saturday.
Ireland’s win over Wales means they are now five points clear at the top of the table, having won all three of their games so far. But Scotland have blown things open with their win over England, ending hopes of a Paddy’s Day Grand Slam showdown in the process.
Scotland face Ireland in round four, knowing a win could once again change everything. Here’s our team of the week from round three.
Six Nations Team of the Week – Round 3
15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
The fullback once again was one of Scotland’s best players. 10 runs, 50 metres made and a win over England. Not a bad day at the office.
14. Keith Earls (Ireland)
The Limerick man continued his fine run of form with another excellent showing against Wales. Always looked a threat. Made 54 metres too.
13. Chris Farrell (Ireland)
Just edges out Scotland’s Huw Jones for us, who was also immense this past weekend. For Farrell to come in and put on a display like that on his Six Nations debut speaks volumes. Deservedly named man of the match.
12. Mathieu Bastareaud (France)
The monster centre made his comeback this past weekend and was France’s most dangerous player in attack. Made 16 carries, but it was his passing and offloads that impressed us. Beautiful hands for a big man.
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ireland)
Two more tries for the Ulster man brings him up to 8 in 7 Tests. Still has to work on his defence, but a natural born try-scorer.
10. Finn Russell (Scotland)
Silenced his critics in some fashion. His pass for Scotland’s second try was right out of the top-drawer. Proved to everyone he can be world class.
9. Conor Murray (Ireland)
Controlled the game beautifully once again and kept Wales under pressure with some excellent kicks.
1. Cian Healy (Ireland)
Cemented his spot as Ireland’s number one loosehead right now with another excellent performance. Only CJ Stander carried more than him.
2. Stuart McInally (Scotland)
Superb performance from the Scotland hooker, who gave Scotland an excellent platform to work with from the line-out. Also chipped in with some important tackles.
3. Andrew Porter (Ireland)
The youngster just edges out Scotland’s Simon Berghan, who got the better of Mako Vunipola in his game. Porter was immense, especially considering he had to fill the rather large shoes of Tadhg Furlong.
4. James Ryan (Ireland)
Another mammoth performance from the young Irish lock. He’s destined for bigger and better things. Superb player.
5. Jonny Gray (Scotland)
Often doesn’t get the credit he deserves, Gray was immense against England. 24 tackles and some big carries when it mattered.
6. Sebastian Negri (Italy)
The Italian youngster has been a real find. Having gone through the ranks at Hartpury, he’s grown into a serious international talent. A shining light, in an otherwise disappointing performance from Italy.
7. Yacouba Camara (France)
Deservedly named man of the match against Italy, the openside was immense. Pips Dan Leavy and Hamish Watson, who were also pretty impressive.
8. Ryan Wilson (Scotland)
Didn’t miss a tackle or concede a single penalty in a mammoth performance.