Six Nations: Team of Round 3

Date published: February 28 2012


Now that the dust has settled across Europe, Planet Rugby thought it only right to dish out praise to the stars of Six Nations, Round 3.

Now that the dust has settled across Europe, Planet Rugby thought it was only right to hand out some praise to the stars of Six Nations, Round 3.

Victories were claimed by a clinical Irish outfit while a moment of magic from Scott Williams denied a much-improved England a shock win against Wales. Following Saturday's action, it was over to Murrayfield where Scotland almost upset the French but they couldn't stop Maxime Médard.

The aforementioned Williams did come close to sneaking his way into the Planet Rugby XV but just fell short due to strong games from others.

So without further ado, here comes our offering – be sure to send in your own 15-1 team line-ups.

Team of Week 3

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland) – A constant threat and displayed the dominance we have come to expect from him in the air. Leigh Halfpenny nailed four penalties and a conversion for the Welsh to help them seal a Triple Crown, but it was Kearney's running that caught the eye at Aviva Stadium.

14 Tommy Bowe (Ireland) – People were criticising the form of Bowe leading up to the Six Nations but he silenced his doubters on Saturday with two well-taken tries. According to reports, Ulster are chasing the Osprey and it is easy to see why as Bowe will deliver for you.

13 Manu Tuilagi (England) – It was quite a return to the Test arena for Tuilagi as he added another dimension to Stuart Lancaster's backline. Alongside Brad Barritt, the Tiger formed a formidable midfield duo that allowed Owen Farrell much more of a creative role in the outfit.

12 Wesley Fofana (France) – Barritt and Welsh replacement Williams – barring the moment he should have passed to one of two supporting mates – were superb for their respective teams. However, Fofana showed his class again for France and hit a fine angle to bring France back into the match at Murrayfield. He then backed that up with flashes of quality during the second-half, as his future in blue jersey looks like a long-term one right now.

11 Stuart Hogg (Scotland) – Another top day from the 19-year-old, who offered the Scots more of an attacking threat in his first start at full-back. Due to Kearney having a superb game for Ireland, we shift Hogg to wing as his try-scoring effort could not go unrewarded.

10 Owen Farrell (England) – Two made the shortlist for this slot and they were Farrell and Jonathan Sexton. Leinster's director kicked very well against Italy and steered his team nicely, but for another outing that belied his years, Farrell gets the nod in our playmaking role. England may not change well-balanced and sturdy this backline for a good while yet.

9 Mike Blair (Scotland) – 34 excellent minutes from the recalled Blair sees him pip Mike Phillips. Blair added a running game to Scotland at the base and was a key reason why they went 10-0 up. Phillips meanwhile was his usual bustling self, doing the basics well.

8 Ross Rennie (Scotland) – It was another Herculean effort from Sergio Parisse but flanker Rennie has been just as good in Six Nations 2012 and capped a superb performance with the man-of-the-match award against France. A certain Welshman starring in London means we slot Rennie, who was tireless in the tackle and powerful with ball in hand, in at eight. It seemed France successfully silenced David Denton but forgot about Rennie's quality.

7 Sam Warburton (Wales) – British & Irish Lions manager Andy Irvine on Sunday tagged Warburton as “the northern hemisphere's Richie McCaw”. Few would argue with that statement and at such an early stage in his career, the Cardiff Blues flank is set for a long tenure leading his country and maybe even the Lions next year. His tackle on the rampaging Tuilagi could not have been better as it took the Tiger's legs away. His form did not dip.

6 Thierry Dusautoir (France) – 25 tackles made, none missed as the skipper was a rock for his country. One hit in particular stood out as he sent prop Geoff Cross packing just when Scotland were in the ascendancy. He sneaks ahead of Dan Lydiate in this position.

5 Paul O'Connell (Ireland) – 'Paulie' keeps churning out the 80 minutes for his side and is leading by example while Brian O'Driscoll is away. A tower of strength for Ireland.

4 Geoff Parling (England) – Some raised an eyebrow when Lancaster chose to cut Tom Palmer but the interim boss seemingly made the right call as Parling got through a lot of work against Wales while doing well in the line-out. Ian Evans also deserves a mention.

3 Adam Jones (Wales) – Jones tweeted today that his body was still sore two days after facing England. It's unsurprising as the Osprey hit a whole host of rucks and scrummaged superbly for his side on Saturday. He made life uncomfortable at times for Alex Corbisiero.

2 Ross Ford (Scotland) – Nothing flashy but everything was completed as expected from Edinburgh hooker Ford, who chooses to sacrifice words for action for Scotland.

1 Gethin Jenkins (Wales) – 32-year-old Jean-Baptiste Poux was solid at the coal face while we should mention Tom Court after his moment in the sun. But for eleven tackles and another busy display, Jenkins proved again that Toulon are getting a quality prop.

By Adam Kyriacou – Twitter: @PlanetRugbyAK