RBS 6 Nations 2015 - 6 of the Best
1. England - Jonathan Joseph
There was a worry before the Six Nations that England had too many injuries to compete, especially in the midfield. The big, bruising Welsh centre combination of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies were being tipped to bully England's Jonathan Joseph and Luther Burrell. However, the pair held their own, and the former managed to dance his way over for a try that settled the match. In round two, he did the same, and nabbed a double, as well as a man-of-the-match performance against the Italians. The English head coach, Stuart Lancaster, has said Joseph has the 'X-Factor'. He will be the man to watch for opposition teams in the next few weeks, as he will hope to utilise his understanding with his club colleagues, George Ford and Antony Watson, to add to his try tally.
2. Ireland - Jonny Sexton
Another Jonathan who stole the show last weekend was Ireland's fly-half, Sexton. His 15 points from the boot against the French earned him a bottle of champagne and a medal, as he walked away with a man-of-the-match title. There was no doubt he was missed in round one's scrappy win in Rome against the Italians, but he returned to the team, and was simply faultless, even after clashed heads with the giant that is Mathieu Bastareaud. An argument could be put forward for the Racing Metro man being the best stand-off in the game right now, and the Irish fans will be hoping he can maintain his fine form for the next three matches against England, Wales and Scotland.
3. France - Camille Lopez
The French have been far from their best so far, and the flair they once produced has only come in flashes in the first two games. One Six Nations debutant, however, has showed more class than others. The Clermont fly-half has looked like he has been playing International rugby for years. All 15 points France scored came from his left foot, as they secured a narrow victory against Scotland in round one. Although Lopez didn't win the battle against Jonny Sexton, nor the game, it would seem as if France have may have found the out-and-out outside-half that they have craved for the last decade. Camille demonstrates excellent tackle technique in this video.
4. Wales - Alun-Wyn Jones
You could probably paint the same picture for Wales as you did for France. A very frustrating campaign for the Welsh so far, despite winning at the weekend. Favourites against England in the opening fixture, though beaten under the Millennium Stadium floodlights. They needed a big result against the Scots in round two, and although they didn't get one, they were given a big performance from the experienced lock, Alun-Wyn-Jones. His leadership skills are fantastic, whilst his passion for his country is undeniable. A lot of big carries on Sunday which did not go unnoticed. A man who does the dirty work, to allow the Welsh backs to get on the front-foot.
5. Scotland - Stuart Hogg
Another 'what could have been' at the weekend for the Scots, and ultimately a defeat, though a slim one. One man at the heart of the brave performances is full-back, Stuart Hogg. For the second time in this competition, he gained the most metres of any player from any country, as well as scoring a breakaway try. So unpredictable in attack, and strong enough to break through despairing tackles. It would look as though Hogg is back to form we saw when he first burst his way onto the international scene, and here's hoping we see plenty more of it in the remaining three games.
6. Italy - Luca Morisi
A shining light in the Italian midfield, and an emerging youngster in an aging side. A wonderful solo try against England at Twickenham showed the capabilites of a team which sit at the bottom of the table. Unable to score a try against Ireland in their opening fixture, they came out all guns blazing against the English, and managed to grab three tries, and Morisi's effort will surely be one of the best of the tournament. The Treviso man will surely add more caps to his total of 11, and will be a definite threat to the next few opponents.
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