Six Nations 2018: Round 2 Team of the Week

Mike Brown

1 – Jack McGrath (Ireland)
Ireland are blessed to have such talent as McGrath and Healy which they can just rotate around, McGrath easily bossed the Italians scrum-wise and turned up a few times in the red zone to pick-and-go.

2 – Stuart McInally (Scotland)
The Edinburgh hooker always troubled the French defence with his abrasive ball-carrying and was spot-on in terms of set-piece.

3 – Simon Berghan (Scotland)
This is harsh on Ireland’s Andrew Porter who played well for the injured Furlong, but Berghan certainly redeemed himself from his ban and carried hard all day and tried his best to uphold the French at scrum time.

4 – Joe Launchbury (England)
Once again showed Warren Gatland that he should have been on not only the Lions Tour in New Zealand but the Australian one before it too with some stellar ball-carrying, a basketball-style catch and a superb offload to set up Jonny May for his 2nd try.

5 – Jonny Gray (Scotland)
At the forefront of Scottish attack, carrying all day long including a powerful surge in the lead up to Maitland’s try and hardly missed a tackle. Great stuff from the Glaswegian.

6 – Aaron Shingler (Wales)
Despite being on the loosing side, Shingler is continuing his impressive form and was troublesome for England in defence with his powerful carries and one very good linebreak.

7 – Sam Underhill (England)
That tackle on Scott Williams will forever be edged into England rugby folklore, such strength from the flanker, and his hard-tackling also denied the Welsh momentum in the later stages of the game.

8 – Ryan Wilson (Scotland)
Worked hard in attack as he carried meaningfully for his entire tenure and also played well in defence too.

9 – Conor Murray (Ireland)
Man-of-the-match in a no-surprise dominant victory over a spirited Italians, his try was undeniably a very good team try and his delivery off the base and box-kicking was his usual high standard.

10 – Tommaso Allan (Italy)
One of Italy’s form players, Allan finished the end of a beautiful Azzuri move and also was on hand in terms of kicking, slotting 2/3 kicks.

11 – Jonny May (England)
Made the most metres of any England player, showed raw gas to gather Owen Farrell’s punt to score his (surprisingly) 1st ever Six Nations try and bagged his second by reading Launchbury’s offload to perfection.

12 – Bundee Aki (Ireland)
A couple of handling mistakes can be forgiven from the powerful centre as he bulldozed his way over the white line to score his a try and goose-stepped the Azzuri defence and put on the afterburners to set up Keith Earls.

13 – Huw Jones (Scotland)
The Glasgow Warrior has gathered an impressive strike rate for the Scots, scoring 8 tries in 13 matches and his try on Sunday was unquestionably a superb one, running a magnificent line to carve up the French and bag the try.

14 – Keith Earls (Ireland)
Converted a scintillating Aki break by finishing well in the corner and showed upmost passion and determination, as well as pace, to tackle Mattia Bellini and stop the Italians from getting a bonus-point score.

15 – Mike Brown (England)
Brown was at his best in the air on Saturday, only one gather dropped in what was another assured performance from a guy who may not score tries on every counterattack but is a vital team player and one that gels it together.

By Jacob Bassford

17 thoughts on “Six Nations 2018: Round 2 Team of the Week

  1. Can’t agree with Mr Angry at 15. Farrell was man of the match not Brown. Kearny best full back over the weekend, closely followed by the speedy Italian…

    1. His defense was off!? You’re being misled by stats.

      He was aggressive in defense, putting in several massive hits that halted Welsh attacks. Not to mentioned a vital turnover and then cover in behind to stop the Shingler chip. The 7 missed tackles, if you watch the game and not that stats board, where mostly when he’d shot out the line (as asked to do) and slowed the man down for the second man to get a dominant hit.

      Also – he missed one kick at goal? Absolute madness.

  2. Farrell, for me, was far and away the best player this weekend so I’m lost on how he missed out. Otherwise I pretty much agree. Robshaw is worth a mention too.

  3. Can’t understand why Farrell isn’t in here? Brown did the more visible stuff but Farrell was getting involved in everything.

  4. Sorry, but four Scottish forwards from a very average match littered with mistakes surely shows a sense of humour Jacob. The one Scot who was undeniably outstanding, Greg Laidlaw, doesn’t make the side, nor does Farrell whose “missed tackle” stats prove the old saying ” lies, damned lies and statistics”. Brown to me was a shoo-in at full back simply because he was performing under far more pressure than Kearney. One mistake could have been vital but he didn’t make it. I would also have Robshaw in front of Shingler at 6 even though he was out of position this week and Toner instead of Grey. Nobody ever mentions him but he must be horrible to play against.

    1. Gray was outstanding, Berghan didn’t put a foot wrong, for me no other hooker was good on the weekend apart from McInally (ok maybe Rory Best) and there was no other No8 either really apart from Wilson that stood out for me, Simmonds was injured at halftime, Moriarty was very quiet, Parisse made an error that cost Italy a try and so was the French No8

  5. I might give you a couple of these Jacob, but the French second row were not very good. The England- Wales second rows were competing against a higher level of opposition making it more difficult to shine. Bergman was reasonably solid but I don’t remember the Scottish pack dominating in the tight, which to me is how you judge a tight head.

  6. Really rate Farrel but he continues to frequently be stuck on his backside for club and country and is the one area.of his game he could improve very quickly. Whether being ‘sat down’ via shoulder or hand he really needs to realise he’s 4 stone lighter than his dad so shouldn’t try and tackle like him.

    1. I will refer you to this tackle on Picamoles from last seasons Six Nations. When he gets it right, it’s worth it and, is why he’s conitinuously given this role!

      1. Agreed….. When – most clubs have a player with a similar characteristic; in fact I’d say I was similar – one great hit that everyone’s so busy talking about they forget the 9 half tackles that preceded it!! (Slightly tongue in cheek but you get the idea) I’d rather he simply ankled every 19st brute that ran down his channel

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