Team of the Week: Six Nations

Date published: February 17 2015

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Now that the dust has settled after Round Two of the 2015 Six Nations Championship, we select the players that stood out over the weekend.

Six Nations Team of the Week: Round One

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland): Hogg again showed all his counter-attacking ability, first with his opening try, followed by what should have been a score for Sam Hidalgo-Clyne with another great break. He racked up 144 metres in total, and showed up better in defence with one key tackle on Rhys Webb to prevent a try. For Wales, Leigh Halfpenny was almost flawless from the kicking tee, and great under the high ball in both attack and defence.

14 Tommy Bowe (Ireland): Last week Bowe showed he's not afraid of doing the unglamorous work, and it was more of the same against France. While he won't have made a big impact on the stats sheets, his efforts at the restarts were key for Ireland, particularly in the first half. Regularly outjumping Damien Chouly, he won possession back for Ireland on a number of occasions.

13 Luca Morisi (Italy): A year ago it was Michele Campagnaro who looked like a gem in the Italian midfield. With his Treviso teammate injured, Morisi stepped up with two tries to announce himself. He's been highly-rated for a while now, and while Jonny May won't want to see the second try again, Morisi showed both power and vision in crossing twice. Jonathan Davies looked better than he has in recent weeks, and aside from a harsh yellow card, played a big role for Wales.

12 Jamie Roberts (Wales): He had a miserable time of it last week, but Roberts bounced back well with a powerful display against Scotland. He'll never be a subtle playmaker, but he regularly got over the gainline and chipped in with a couple of big tackles in defence. Opposite him, Alex Dunbar again impressed, and was unfortunate not to put in Sean Lamont for a second Scottish try early in the game.

11 Jonathan Joseph (England): Quickly shifted to the wing because of Mike Brown's injury, it made little difference to Joseph, who is the standout player so far in this year's tournament. His first try left Kelly Haimona looking very foolish and he looks to be the most dangerous player with ball in hand in the competition. On current form he's the first name in the England backline, regardless of whether Manu Tuilagi is fit or not.

10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland): Three months off but you wouldn't have guessed it as Sexton did his best Ronan O'Gara impression, moving the French around the park with his kicking game. He was a little solid in defence than his Irish predecessor however, having to cope with Mathieu Bastareaud's charges all day, and generally doing enough to stop the French battering ram. Elsewhere, Dan Biggar orchestrated things for Wales and was excellent under the high ball. The Welsh are a flawed side but they've found their fly-half.

9 Ben Youngs (England)Some smart thinking from Youngs for his try, although Jacques Brunel will be fuming at how his team switched off. That try proved to be the moment when England finally killed off the Italian challenge, before cutting loose in the final 30 minutes. Having come into the tournament with question marks over his place in the side, Youngs is starting to find his best form.

8 Billy Vunipola (England)Two strong games in a row from the Saracens. Vunipola made comfortably more metres than any other forward last weekend with 55, while weighing in with 17 tackles. Hearing him talk last week about how much being dropped last November had changed his outlook, Vunipola is backing up his words with dominant performances off the back of England's scrum. Just the one offload against the Azzurri reminds us he can give more. A mention for Sergio Parisse, who was everywhere as always.

7 Chris Robshaw (England)The England skipper continues his rich vein of form, this week topping the tackling stats with 19. His engine really is impressive and while counting 'rucks hit' might not be the most extravagant category, Robshaw's work-rate can't be discounted when evaluating his contribution. Add in more carries with the ball in hand and his stock will rise even further. A mention for Wales captain Sam Warburton

6 Peter O'Mahony (Ireland)Timely interventions at the breakdown earn the Munster captain this spot. Never lets up and this was another classy showing, with O'Mahony making his share of carries and tackles along with winning three lineouts. He edges out Wales flanker Dan Lydiate, who made 12 tackles at Murrayfield.

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)Man of the Match against Scotland, Jones made more carries and metres than any other Welsh forward at Murrayfield and was at his physically imposing best, along with winning five lineouts on Welsh ball. It took real grit for Wales to hang on at the end. Unsurprisingly, Jones was a colussus.

4 Yoann Maestri (France)Our solitary Frenchman just about sneaks in ahead of Devin Toner, but Maestri's 15 tackles and four lineout certainly warranted his inclusion. France's best player in Dublin by some way on a dire evening for Les Bleus.

3 Dan Cole (England)England's scrum was comfortably dominant against Italy, with Cole doing his part up against Andrea de Marchi. If anything England maybe should have exploited that area of real strength more. Still, it's been good to see Cole slotting back into Test rugby with ease after so long out. Uini Atonio was a monster off the bench for France at scrum time.

2 Ross Ford (Scotland)A subdued week for hookers but we've gone with Ford's efforts for Scotland, with the lineout holding firm and seven tackles from the Edinburgh man getting him into the side.

1 Joe Marler (England)Another week and another performance from Joe Marler bossing the scrums. Manipulated the threat of Martin Castrogiovanni all afternoon and made an impressive 11 tackles. 

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