Prop: Rob Evans (Wales)
Evans is becoming a fine international prop. As comfortable with ball in hand as he is at scrum time, the man from west Wales is clearly the long-term successor to Gethin Jenkins.
— john lynch (@lynchja73) February 3, 2018
Hooker: Guilhem Guirado (France)
Les Bleus’ captain made an incredible 31 tackles. Definitely didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Prop: Dan Cole (England)
Scrummaged well in both halves and saw off Andrea Lovotti in the first, as well as proving energetic with the ball in the hand. Along with Vunipola, showed skilful hands and contributed to the high-tempo game England tried to play.
Prop chat… Dan Cole one of the best operators in the business… can chase in or out at scrum time, nightmare to deal with! #6NationsNBC
— Alex Corbisiero (@AlexCorbs) February 4, 2018
Amazing what consistent quick ball can produce ! The sight of Dan Cole at full pace in midfield !!! 😳😳😳😂
— Will Carling (@willcarling) February 4, 2018
Lock: Cory Hill (Wales)
His passing belied the number on his jersey at times, especially when he swivelled to send out the key ball in the move that ended with Halfpenny crossing for the first time. Left the field with an actual HIA.
Lock: James Ryan (Ireland)
Some Six Nations debut from the Leinster youngster, who bossed almost every aspect. Deserves his place in the Six Nations team of the week.
James Ryan was outstanding on his Six Nations debut for Ireland.
If you want to know more about his rise, check out our piece from earlier today: https://t.co/cLAuHiBRT2
— The42.ie (@The42_ie) February 3, 2018
Flanker: Aaron Shingler (Wales)
Shingler has been outstanding in the Scarlets’ European success and this was by far his best game in a Wales jersey. He was a massive physical presence in a dominant back row.
This man was unstoppable today!
Flanker Aaron Shingler was Wales’ man of the match against Scotland with another superb performance #WALvSCO
— BBC ScrumV (@BBCScrumV) February 3, 2018
Flanker: Kevin Gourdon (France)
His pack’s best player, he was all action on either side of the breakdown. An unlucky loser.
Number 8: Sam Simmonds (England)
Superb pace for both of his tries, a stupendous draw-and-give pass for Nowell’s score and was everywhere in defence tackling 23 times. The Chief filled Billy Vunipola’s boots well. Best player on the field.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 4, 2018