RBS: Stuart Hogg Independent: Stuart Hogg
Spedding was a close second but Hogg’s tries tip the balance. Rob Kearney ran well and Leigh Halfpenny kicked well.
RBS: Nao Nakaitachi Independent: Virimi Vakatawa
Of all the 14’s Nakaitachi just did more. Try saving tackle on Elliot Daly was one of six the winger made. North did nothing till his try and Maitland and Earls faded in and out. Vakatawa played at 11 so doesn’t feature here.
RBS: Jonathan Davies Independent: Gary Ringrose
Joseph, Lamerat and Ringrose put up similar figures but Davies was way ahead in meters and carries with a try to boot.
RBS: Owen Farrell Independent: Scott Williams
Henshaw, McLean and Dunbar all played well but Farrell nudges them out with his influence across the board. Dunbar’s try was well taken. Williams did nothing bar a side step.
RBS: Liam Williams Independent: Elliot Daly
Vakatawa did everything but score and handled the restart every time it was sent his way. Daly just wasn’t involved enough but has rocket of a boot and Williams played well and should of had another try.
RBS: Paddy Jackson Independent: Owen Farrell
Everything good about Ireland’s resurgence came through Jackson. No one else came close to Jackson at 10.
RBS: Conor Murray Independent: Greg Laidlaw
Laidlaw epitomised Scotland’s resolve and got them over the line for a first win in a long time in the six nations. Only player faultless from the kicking tee. Murray and Webb played well but nowhere near as influential.
RBS: Jack McGrath Independent: Jack McGrath
Quiet in the loose but rock solid in the tight. Baille and Smith were better in the loose but replaced early due to poor scrummaging.
RBS: Ross Ford Independent: Rory Best
Best helped keep the Irish scrum dominant and his defensive work was good. Ford played well but came of the bench so features there. Guirado was next in line from the starters.
RBS: Tadhg Furlong Independent: Tadhg Furlong
Carried well and scrummaged well. Furlong doesn’t seem to do much wrong at the moment. Not really any other contenders for his positioning round 1.
RBS: Richie Gray Independent: Richie Gray
Gray’s tackle count was only beaten by his brother and the Italian No 7. Launchbury as is so often the case went about his business quietly carrying the most meters and offering the greatest gain for each carry. Itoji took and Lawes dealt with the line out most often for him.
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RBS: Alun Wyn Jones Independent: Jonny Gray
Again Jonny tackled himself into the ground and it was a close call. Jones was good in the loose carrying and beating defenders. If you asked me again I might change my mind.
RBS: CJ Stander Independent: Maro Itoji
Another difficult one, particularly as Itoji was playing in an unfamiliar role on the international stage. Stander made more meters and carried more than anyone but Itoji had the greatest average carry gain of all. Itoji was also 2nd in the tackle count for 6’s and top in turnovers won. Add the fact he still played a major role in the line out he takes the place for me.
RBS: Sean O’Brien Independent: Hamish Watson
In one sense this was the battle of the two halves in Scotland. Watson’s name was ever present in the first half and O’Brien’s took over in the second as the momentum shifted. Scotland came out on top so Watson takes the place this time.
RBS: Louis Picamoles Independent: Louis Picamoles
For me player of the weekend. Everything good about France started with this man. He does little in defence but his play going forward is outstanding.
Ross Ford: Played most of the match as a blood replacement and then replacing Brown. Did everything right and was a contender for the number 2 shirt had he started.
Thomas Francis: Steadied the Welsh scrum when he came on and probably a starter against England.
Sabah Slimani: Came on and score a try for the French giving them a sniff of a win.
James Haskell: Gave England the well needed go forward in attack and usual grunt in defence.
Josh van der Flier: Came on and carried on the Irish resurgence in the 2nd half.
Ben Te’o: With Haskell made sure England didn’t go backwards and a great line to score his try.
Sam Davies: Replaced Biggar at half time and changed the way Wales played and the tries came from there.