1. Ellis Genge (England): His late try secured victory for Eddie Jones’ men, though, as they got their Six Nations campaign on track following last week’s defeat to France. He made the difference.
"A lot of sausages just say what comes into their head."— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 8, 2020
That was how England's Ellis Genge described critics after coming off the bench to score the winning try in the victory over Scotland.
Watch: https://t.co/rF7HBQuR2u pic.twitter.com/Rg26BntMO5
2. Jamie George (England): Faired much better at the line-out than his opposite number at Murrayfield, and stuck gallantly to that task for 80 minutes. Made a game-high 19 tackles. Looked a leader, too.
Jamie George has done the Lord's work with his lineout throws today.#SCOvENG— Blood & Mud Rugby Podcast (@bloodandmud) February 8, 2020
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland): His bullocking dart for the line for his sides second try delighted the Ireland fans. The best tighthead in the world without a doubt right now also made 11 tackles without missing.
4. Maro Itoje (England): Quietly excellent throughout. No opportunities in the loose, but made 18 tackles, won turnovers and was a key man in a very solid set-piece effort.
44 – Maro Itoje hit 44 rucks against France, more than any other player in the opening round of this year's Six Nations, including a round-high 40 effective rucks. Groundwork. pic.twitter.com/mv2dcpXdwR— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 2, 2020
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales): The inspirational skipper was a rock in defence, making a match high 19 tackles, while showing his skill in attack with a superb offload in the build-up to Tomas Williams try.
6. Jake Polledri (Italy): The more I watch him, the more I’m impressed. A proper baller who can also put in a hit!
Explosive Bristol born backrow @JakePolledri talks about his grandmother, Hartpury and Italy amid the current questions over their inclusion in the #GuinnessSixNations 🇮🇹— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 9, 2020
writes @heagneyl 👨🏻💻 https://t.co/rTp3SasNO4
7. Sam Underhill (England): All-action display from the Bath flanker whose breakdown work and tackling deservedly earned him the man of the match award.
⭐ Man of the match – @SGUnderhill ⭐@bathrugby's Sam Underhill claimed the prize in England's victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) February 9, 2020
Which over #GallagherPrem player stood out for you in the Calcutta Cup clash? 🏆
Read the match report ⤵
8. CJ Stander (Ireland): He was the man of the match against Scotland last weekend and the South African-born powerhouse was the standout performer once again. Another huge performance, player of the tournament thus far without doubt
The shit that this man has had to listen to since the World Cup has been incredible. Media men spinning their own agenda. But like any sport, form is temporary but class is permanent. Delighted for him. #CJ #Stander #IREvWAL pic.twitter.com/tqMXpOcefk— Derek Braddish (@Braddish) February 8, 2020