Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Six Nations 2017 - Round 1 Verdict (belatedly)
SCOTLAND - at last, a performance backed up with a result. A win in Paris this weekend could really set the chat parmi les pigeons.
IRELAND - sluggish start, but not a huge amount to fix. Will be there or thereabouts in the title shake up.
ENGLAND - outmuscled and very, very subdued for first 40 minutes against France and needed the bench to scrape home. Must do better.
FRANCE - big, very big, direct and confident. Had chances to put England away but ran out of steam a bit at the end.
ITALY - plus ca change. Competitive for 50 minutes or so before exit of composure. Unlucky with a couple of decisions but need to be more resilient.
WALES - decent, competent performance in general and the arrival of Sam Davies suggests more creative times ahead.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
15. Stuart Hogg 14. Noa Nakaitaci 13. Scott Williams 12. Alex Dunbar 11. Elliot Daly 10. Sam Davies 9. Baptiste Serin 1. Jack McGrath 2. Fraser Brown 3. Tadgh Furlong 4. Johnny Gray 5. Richie Gray 6. CJ Stander 7. Kevin Gourdon 8. Louis Picamoles