Our Six Nations Team Of The Week – Round 1
The best of the best.
The Six Nations kicked off with a bang this weekend, with three cracking games. Wales silenced all their doubters with an absolute demolition of Scotland at the Principality, while Ireland were saved by the boot of Johnny Sexton against France.
On Sunday, a spirited Italian side were eventually swept aside by a very professional performance by England.
Here’s our team of the week.
15. Leigh Halfpenny
Hadn’t scored for five years before the Scotland game, then managed to get himself two in one game. An excellent performance from the Scarlets fullback.
14. Anthony Watson
Two tries for the Bath winger in a super game against the Azzurri.
13. Robbie Henshaw
Struggled to unlock the France defence in attack, but his work rate was phenomenal.
12. Owen Farrell
The standout performer in England’s rout of Italy. Always a threat in attack, but will be disappointed in his performance from the boot.
11. Steff Evans
Incredible finish for Wales’ bonus-point try, the young winger always looked a threat.
10. Johnny Sexton
Showed his class in the build-up and execution of the match winning drop-goal from 40+ metres.
9. Gareth Davies
Had Wales humming from the get go with an excellent intercept try. Super shift.
1. Mako Vunipola
Just Mako being Mako.
2. Guilhem Guirado
The most unlucky man of the weekend. The France captain gave it his all with an astonishing 31 tackles, but had to watch Sexton’s kick from the bench.
3. Samson Lee
Showed some excellent hands and have Wales a good platform to build on with a solid scrum throughout.
4. Alun Wyn Jones
The captain rolled back the years in an incredible performance against Scotland.
5. James Ryan
Made a couple of mistakes in the opening minutes, before dusting himself down and ending up as one of the best performers on the pitch. Just edges out Joe Launchbury.
6. Aaron Shingler
What a game from this man. Deserved MOTM, he caused Scotland a huge amount of problems.
7. Josh Navidi
Wales’ top tackler with 17. A serious baller, that made some key turnovers.
8. Sam Simmonds
Two tries on his Six Nations debut. The Exeter man was robbed of the MOTM award in a barnstorming display.
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