Verdict on round 2 of the 2016 RBS Six Nations:
IRELAND – really should have beaten France. So many injuries now that I might declare myself available for the next match and I'm not Irish.
FRANCE – cynical, dirty and brutal enough to stay in the game until the bench rode to the rescue. How they are 2 wins from 2 is a mystery.
SCOTLAND – oh Scotland, so much better than last week but still no cigar. Lack of strength off the bench is hurting the team's chances.
WALES – more of the same from the Welsh until George North discovered that it was possible to run around a defender rather than through him.
ITALY – see last week's comment - brave, committed and impressive until the hour mark, then overrun.
ENGLAND - difficult to escape the conclusion that the team that finished the match v Italy was much stronger than the one that started it.
Team of round 2:
15. Medard (Fr) 14. North (Wal) 13. Joseph (Eng) 12. Taylor (Sco) 11. Seymour (Sco) 10. Canna (Ita) 9. Care (Eng) 1. M.Vunipola (Eng) 2. Baldwin (Wal) 3. Slimani (Fra) 4. Kruis (Eng) 5. Charteris (Wal) 6. Stander (Ire) 7. Tipuric (Wal) 8. B.Vunipola (Eng).