Six Nations: Team of the Week

Date published: February 15 2016

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With the dust having settled on Round 2 of the Six Nations, we take a look back over the three matches to select our Team of the Week.

The winners on Saturday were France and Wales while England claimed their victory on Sunday in a decent weekend.

Let’s see who made our team…

15 Maxime Médard (France): Was rewarded with the only try of the match in his side's triumph over Ireland in Paris and delivered a solid all-round performance. The Toulouse stalwart always looked dangerous on attack, and gained 87 metres with four clean breaks, one defender beaten and three offloads.

14 George North (Wales): Was under some pressure before the clash against Scotland after he failed to score in his five previous Tests but ended his try-drought with a superb individual effort. Gained 99 metres on attack with three clean breaks and eight defenders beaten and judging on that performance, he's back to his best.

13 Jonathan Joseph (England): Was phenomenal with ball in hand against Italy in Rome and was rewarded with a hat-trick of tries for his efforts. Joseph always looked threatening on attack, gaining 75 metres with two clean breaks and two defenders beaten. Joseph's direct opponent Michele Campagnaro also impressed in Rome.

12 Jamie Roberts (Wales): Roberts was at his destructive best on attack, proving a handful for Scotland's defenders and won the official Man of the Match award. Also did his bit in defence with nine tackles and edges out his direct opponent Duncan Taylor as well as England's Owen Farrell.

11 Tommy Seymour (Scotland): Was one of Scotland's best players in their loss to Wales and also crossed the whitewash for a deserved try. Outstanding in particular under the high ball in one of his best games for his country.

10 Finn Russell (Scotland): Even though Scotland lost against Wales, Russell can be satisfied with his efforts. Impressed on attack and set up Seymour's try with a well-weighted chip kick. Kept the defence guessing with his playmaking ability which has cemented his place in Scotland's starting line-up. 

9 Danny Care (England): Came on as a second-half replacement against Italy and his introduction coincided with his side's improved showing. Care set up Joseph's second try with a delightful grubber kick and also caught the eye with his slick service to his outside backs.

8 Taulupe Falteau (Wales): Continued where he left off against Ireland with several powerful runs against Scotland. Also made a big impact in defence with 14 tackles and makes our team ahead of England's Billy Vunipola who had another fine outing against Italy.

7 John Hardie (Scotland): Another Scotland player who couldn't be ignored despite being on the losing side. As expected, he made a menace of himself at the breakdown and slowed Wales' ball down on several occasions and held his own against the twin threat posed by Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, finishing with eight tackles.

6 CJ Stander (Ireland): Has taken like a duck to water at Test level and is included in our team for the second successive week after another fine allround effort in only his second Test. Stander was, as usual, a willing ball carrier with 19 runs but made his biggest impact in defence with 15 tackles. Beats out John Barclay of Scotland.

5 George Kruis (England): Another player who makes the team for the second week in a row after another fine all-round effort. Kruis got through plenty of hard graft in England's forward effort, especially in defence where he made an impressive 13 tackles.

4 Luke Charteris (Wales): Charteris was one of his side's unsung heroes against Scotland and delivered a solid shift in his team's boilerer room. Made a nuisance of himself in defence, making 10 tackles in the process, and also impressed with his prowess at the lineouts.

3 Samson Lee (Wales): Another strong scrummaging performance from the Scarlet who impressed at the coalface of Wales' forward effort. Apart from his fine showing in the scrums, he also caught the eye in the loose and put his body on the line in defence with five hits.

2 Guilhem Guirado (France): Is thriving in his new role as France's skipper and delivered a busy shift against Ireland in Paris. Guirado impressed in his core duties, especially the tight exchanges and led from the front in defence with 10 tackles.

1 Eddy Ben Arous (France): Another replacement who made a big impact off the bench this past weekend. Arous' introduction against Ireland proved a masterstroke by Guy Novès as the Racing 92 man helped stabilise les Bleus' scrum. He comes in ahead of Wales' Rob Evans.

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