Who’s hot… and who’s not!

Date published: February 29 2016

Hot or Not image 29 February 2016

They’re on fire!!

England: The only side left with three wins out of three in the Six Nations following that victory over Ireland. England left at least ten points out on the field and have a lot of work to do, but they’re on track.

Scotland: That pesky Six Nations losing run has come to an end at last with Saturday’s triumph in Rome. Greig Laidlaw was excellent for the Scots as they picked up a first win of the year.

Brazil: Unbelievable! Ranked 42nd in the world Brazil shocked the USA on Saturday in Sao Paolo for a historic win thanks to a late Moises Duque penalty.

Brumbies: Wowzer, how’s that for an opening day win? The Brumbies pack bulldozed the Hurricanes upfront and their backs did the rest, along with the boot of Christian Lealiifano. That’s why they’re favourites to top the Australian Conference.

Jaguares: It wasn’t easy but the Super Rugby newcomers pulled off a remarkable first win in a see-sawing contest with the Cheetahs. Credit to Agustín Creevy for settling his side down after those two early yellow cards. What a try as well for Martín Landajo set up by Matías Orlando!

Tom Collins: A hat-trick for the Northampton winger in their big win over Worcester, as Saints turned things around after half-time in emphatic fashion.

Connacht: Back into first place in the PRO12, it’s been a tough season for Irish rugby but Pat Lam’s squad are flying the flag, Saturday’s 30-22 win over the Ospreys another great result this season.

Agen: Massive win against La Rochelle for Agen, just their third of the season in the league, to give them a slither of hope when it comes to avoiding relegation.

Somebody get these guys a warmmmm cup of soup!

France: No win to cover up France’s flaws this time. Lacking bite in the tight five and outmuscled by Gatland’s Wales, this was tough to watch. Neither team played well, but France were dire.

Italy: Too slow out of the blocks in Rome allowing Scotland to build a big lead which they never relinquished. Trips to Dublin and Cardiff follow which we can’t see the Azzurri winning either.

Kings: A tough return to Super Rugby as expected for the Port Elizabeth-based franchise, who despite scoring first against the Sharks were then up against it. It’s going to be a long year.

Hurricanes: Where the hell did that come from? Last year’s finalists looked short on both leadership and skills in Canberra and even though it’s the first week, and against an exceptional Brumbies side, there are now some doubts about what they can achieve.

London Irish: 47 points shipped away to Leicester and Irish remain stranded at the bottom of the Premiership as the games start to run out.

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