Monday, 19 March 2012
Six Nations 2012 - Champs & Chumps
And, in accordance with tradition, here's my utterly biased, one-eyed and partial assessment of who set the tournament alight and those who pissed on its fireworks...
15. Rob Kearney - Ireland's best player by a country mile. Honourable mentions for Leigh ½ p and Stuart Hogg, a Scottish back who can actually score tries.
14. Alex Cuthbert - the young Englishman looks a fine prospect :) .
13. Jonathan Davies – wonderfully balanced and powerful centre. Manu Tuilagi a close second.
12. Wesley Fofana – almost Guscott-like and utterly wasted on the wing by France.
11. George North – immense set of performances from the young Englishman :)
10. Owen Farrell – not the finished article but mentally as tough as nails.
9. Mike Phillips – I hate to admit it, but he played rather well.
1. Alex Corbisiero – just gets better and better. Closely pushed by Jean-Baptiste Poux.
2. Dylan Hartley – destruction of Irish front row a fitting finale.
3. Dan Cole - even better than Adam Jones at the moment – nuff said.
4. Ian Evans – unsung hero. Quietly effective.
5. Richie Gray – astonishingly good, young and massive. Shoe-in for Lions next year.
6. Dan Lydiate – consistent excellence from the young Englishman :) . Not much between him and Stephen Ferris.
7. Justin Tipuric – Warburton's good but he appears to be made of glass. This bloke looks very special indeed. Ross Rennie also worth a mention.
8. Ben Morgan – what, a dynamic England no 8 with pace and good hands? My word.
15. Clément Poitrenaud – when faced with the prospect of tackling he displayed all the moral fibre of a cheese eating surrender monkey.
14. Lee Jones – I’m all for giving youth a chance, but not when they look like they’re 12.
13. Fergus McFadden – still trying to tackle George North in his nightmares.
12. Nick De Luca - 2 yellow cards was about the sum of his contribution. Keith Earls a close second for Olympic diving audition.
11. David Strettle – Geoffrey Boycott's mother would have scored that try against Wales.
10. Lionel Beauxis - shocking, even worse than Kris Burton, and that's saying something.
9. Julien Dupuy - dreadful selection by Saint-Andre, truly dreadful.
1. Alan Jacobsen – being fat and belligerent is not enough (I should know).
2. Dimitri Szarzewski – beautiful hair, nowt else to say.
3. Matt Stevens – nose candy must have affected his ears as he obviously can't hear the referee.
4. Bradley Davies – a career as a cage fighter beckons.
5. Jim Hamilton - eclipsed throughout by lock partner and ended in yellow card ignominy.
6. Julien Bonnaire - sad end to a distinguished international career.
7. Sean O’Brien – not an openside and it showed.
8. Jamie Heaslip – a pale shadow of his former self.