RBS: Scott Spedding Independent: Stuart Hogg
A difficult one this week. Spedding made the meters and carried well. Hogg though makes Scotland tick and is always a threat. Didn’t score a try this week but set one up.
RBS: Tommy Seymour Independent: Keith Earls
Swapped wings this week and got his reward. Took his try well. Earls was next in like with no one else really challenging for the spot.
RBS: Michele Campagnaro Independent: Huw Jones
How Campagnaro hasn’t started every match is beyond me. Different class to Italy’s other centres. Jones had a strong game, Davies put up good numbers but with nothing to show for it. Te’o got his try with little to work with.
RBS: Gael Fickou Independent: Ben Te’o
Te’o played 13 so doesn’t figure here at 12. Farrell had his worse game in a long time, Dunbar and Williams were quiet. Henshaw runs the frenchman close but Fickou takes it.
RBS: Elliot Daly Independent: Elliot Daly
Daly put in another performance that sees him finally gets him in the team. On this form he should be in the Lions squad. His left boot is something to behold out of hand and off the tee.
RBS: Jonny Sexton Independent: Jonny Sexton
Sexton looked like he had never been injured. He is a class above most others but his ability to get injured
RBS: Conor Murray Independent: Conor Murray
In horrible conditions Murray controlled the game and kept the French pack at bay with his kicking.
RBS: Allan Dell Independent:Andrea Lovotti
First in an all Irish front row McGrath continues in this years 6 nations where he did last year.
RBS: Rory Best Independent: Rory Best
Again great control from the Irish captain to get them over the line.
RBS: Tadhg Furlong Independent: Tadhg Furlong
Clean sweep from the other pundits and a clean sweep through the 6 nations so far. No one else coming close to this mans game.
RBS: Joe Launchbury Independent: Joe Launchbury
The quiet man had a great game. All the talk was England not adapting quick enough to Italy’s tactics but they kicked to him every time in the second and he bulldozed them with maul and his run.
RBS: Dries van Schalkwyk Independent: Dries van Schalkwyk
Lawes wouldn’t be in the team if it wasn’t for injuries to Kruis and Robshaw. Boy his he making it difficult to drop him.
RBS: Maro Itoji Independent: John Barclay
Another difficult one to decide. Stander carried well again. Barclay played well having taken on the captains role. Warburton faded with the rest of his team. Itoji continues to impress. He is playing 5 at scrum and line out time, with Lawes swapping roles. In the lose he was immense with 4 turnovers won.
RBS: Kevin Gourdon Independent: Simone Favaro
An interesting one this round. Watson would be No.7 hands down if he had started but he sits on the subs bench this week. Tipuric faded with the rest of the Welsh, Favaro made a try saving tackle along with 16 others but with the rest of his team avoided rucks. Gourdon made 22 tackles and kept his side in it. Haskell, for all the stick he will get, did what needed to be done and began to give England front foot ball.
RBS: Jamie Heaslip Independent: Ryan Wilson
Heaslip had a good game but Wilson clinches the spot filling in for the injured Strauss. Outshone both Welsh No.8’s and but in shift throughout the game.
Jamie George: At some point needs to start a game so we can see what he can do for 60 minutes or so.
Mako Vunipola: Great to see Mako back and will be starting games soon.
Kyle Sinkler: Great burst through the gain line when he came on.
Hamish Watson: Should have started and continued his form from the moment he came on the pitch.
Henry Pyrgos: Kept Scotland steady in the closing minutes to make sure they won the game.
Jack Nowell: Will probably start against Scotland. Came on here to score two tries and an obstruction away from a third.
No one else stood out for a sub position.