Six Nations 2019: Every teams best and worst player from Round 1 - Ruck

Six Nations 2019: Every teams best and worst player from Round 1

It has been up there with one of the most dramatic opening weekends in Six Nations history.

Defending champions Ireland lost, Scotland sailed to a bonus-point win while all of the opening games were packed with tries, big tackles and a little bit of drama.

We’ve decided to see who was every teams best player and maybe more controversially their worst:


BEST PERFORMER: Justin Tipuric – A defensive masterclass and an excellent all-round game from a player who wouldn’t know how to spell the word ‘ordinary’ if you gave him 50 attempts. Tipuric is shot through with warrior spirit and he covered, scavenged and supported relentlessly. Was still there at the end, hauling down blue-shirted ball-carriers. There was also a vital charge-down of a drop-goal attempt as the game came to boiling point.

WORST PERFORMER: Gareth Anscombe – His tale of first-half woe included two missed tackles, an unsympathetic pass in run-up to first French try and questionable defence as Picamoles went for line. The conditions were dismal, but it wasn’t Anscombe’s night and he gave way for Dan Biggar on 53 minutes. The Cardiff Blue is much better than this.