With the third round of the Six Nations in the bag, RUCK.co.uk name their team of the week following another exciting weekend of rugby action.
Fullback: STUART HOGG (Scotland)
Hogg is the reigning Player of the Six Nations and he’s making a pretty good fist at retaining his title, with three tries in the first two Championship games. Another hugely influential display from the full-back produced a moment of inspiration to set up Tim Visser for the crucial second try.
Honourable mentions: Scott Spedding (France)
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) February 25, 2017
Wing: JACK NOWELL (England)
Had the greatest of impact, scoring two great tries
Honourable mentions: Tommy Seymour (Scotland)
Centre: MICHELE CAMPAGNARO (Italy)
Superb solo try against England, barging through George Ford and then past Brown to give Italy hope in the second half after England had begun to find their rhythm.
Centre: ROBBIE HENSHAW (Ireland)
Wing: TIM VISSER (Scotland)
The winger didn’t get much to do in the first half but was resurgent come the second. He scored one try, assisted another and made a crucial try-saving tackle on Rhys Webb – our Man of the Match
Honourable mentions: Liam Williams (Wales)
Tim Visser v Wales
1 try, 1 assist, 1 try-saving tackle
8 carries for 43m
3 clean breaks, 3 def beaten
Best game for Scotland? pic.twitter.com/8ko9lnCy3h
— Jamie Lyall (@JLyall93) February 26, 2017
Fly-half: FINN RUSSELL (Scotland)
Kicked superbly from the tee and constantly threatened. The epitome of “organised chaos”
Honourable mentions: Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Scrum-half: CONOR MURRAY (Ireland)
Along with Sexton, the scrum-half helped Ireland snatch control for much of the second-half against France: his kicking in behind would have had Ronan O’Gara applauding in the RTE studio.
Honourable mentions: Rhys Webb (Wales)
Prop: JACK MCGRATH (Ireland)
Came into Ireland’s run-on side as a replacement for Cian Healy against France and justified his selection with a solid effort at the coalface of his side’s forward effort.
Hooker: GUILHELM GUIRADO (France)
Honourable mentions: Rory Best (Ireland)
Prop: TADGH FURLONG (Ireland)
A constant ball carrying weapon now, a scrummager of serious weight and so vital in securing that split second possession on the ground. Another fine performance – he’s quickly becoming a certainty for the Lions tour this summer.
Lock: JOE LAUNCHBURY (England)
Another barn-storming performance from the Wasps second row, who keeps taking man of the match prizes.
Honourable mentions: Richie Gray (Scotland)
.@joe_launch is on 🔥
Successive man-of-the-match awards with 11 carries, 60m & 8 tackles in #ENGvITA
— RBS 6 Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 26, 2017
Lock: JONNY GRAY (Scotland)
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 25, 2017
Flanker: JOHN BARCLAY (Scotland)
Scotland captain Barclay produced an excellent performance in the enforcer role. The flanker made a solid ten tackles over the weekend while proving to be energetic in attack as well, after making 11 runs into the Wales defence and constantly keeping his side on the front foot
Flanker: SEAN O’BRIEN (Ireland)
The powerhouse back-rower has returned to the epic standards of New Zealand in November. Keep him fit and he can go up another level and compete with the world’s best!
Honourable mentions: Hamish Watson (Scotland)
Number 8: LOUIS PICAMOLES (France)
Honourable mentions: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)