Sunday, 25 February 2018
Six Nations Round 3 Verdict
But first, Friday night in Marseilles where watching France vs Italy was like watching two bald men fighting over a comb. When Mathieu Bastareaud is the best player on the pitch you know you've got problems. That said, a French victory sets things up nicely for Paris in a fortnight.
To Dublin, where the quality was a notch or several higher and where Wales very nearly pulled off an unlikely upset. Perhaps if Dan Biggar spent as much energy on his game as he does haranguing the referee...just saying. Ireland were largely impressive but will need to improve again against the Scots.
And finally, Murrayfield. Fair play to Scotland - aggressive, committed, inventive and clinical - all things that a ponderous and complacent England were not. The inquest into England's performance can wait until another day - suffice to say huge congratulations to Scotland for a well deserved victory.
TF team of the week:
15. Stuart Hogg 14. Sean Maitland 13. Chris Farrell 12. Huw Jones 11. Jacob Stockdale 10. Finn Russell 9. Greg Laidlaw 1. Cian Healy 2. Stuart McInally 3. Simon Berghan 4. Johnny Gray 5. James Ryan 6. John Barclay 7. Josh Navidi 8. CJ Stander