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Six Nations team of the week: Which players stood out in round two?

10. George Ford (England)

Telegraph: “His performance will be remembered for the non-conversion which is a shame as he personified England’s defensive grit, kicked a gorgeous 50-22 and passed beautifully.”

Evening Standard: “When it mattered most, he delivered, especially with the stunning 50-22 that swung the momentum at the death.”

Rugby Dump: “He controlled proceedings well throughout, trusting his charismatic boot with the most challenging of nudges. He made the right decisions at the right time, with his key moment being the supreme 50/22 that eventually led to the match winning penalty.”

9. Ben White (Scotland)

Planet Rugby: “A fine performance from the Toulon man as he delivered a slick service to his outside backs while also bringing his forwards into play with deft offloads around the fringes of the rucks and mauls.”

Rugby Pass: “Another strong outing from the Toulon scrum-half, who ran a superb support line to finish off a brilliant move for his fourth Test try, and carried out his duties from the base with an increasing air of authority to take some of the load off Russell.”

Rugby Dump: “Started well and scored Scotland’s only, his kicking game takes plenty of pressure off Russell and generally marshalls the Scottish pack around the park with authority.”

1. Cyrill Baille (France)

Planet Rugby: “The loosehead prop was part of a strong scrummaging effort and was busy around the park too. He got the ball away to Jalibert to set up Fickou’s try and racked up a decent carry and tackle count.”

Rugby Dump: “The best French front row on the day, his work rate around the park is a marvel. He might well be the most valuable French forward at the moment.”

2. Dan Sheehan (Ireland)

Irish Mirror: “Held his width for run in ahead of second try, scored fourth try from maul. A six-foot-two presence doubles as useful kick-blocker as Italy’s Varney found out.” 

Rugby Pass: “Business as usual for Sheehan and good business at that. Lineouts went well and he took his first obligatory try well, his seventh in national colours and eight came on 49 minutes. He’s not far off Keith Wood’s 15 Test try tally and he’s only 25.”

3. Finlay Bealham (Ireland)

Irish Mirror: “The 38 times capped tight-head is being allowed clock up significant game time, another 56 minutes here in altogether a period of Irish stability in the set-piece.”

Irish Independent: “The Connacht man again was coming into the side in place of Tadhg Furlong and continues to impress at scrum time when deputising for his illustrious colleague.”