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Six Nations: Team of Round Two

11th February 2013 12:08

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Six Nations Team of Round Two

Make it: Hogg and Youngs

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 Two.

Without further ado, here comes our offering - be sure to send in your own 15-1 team selections.

Team of Round 2

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland) - Despite strong competition from Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Goode, Hogg takes this shirt for the second week in a row after another excellent performance. His interception pass was clearly telegraphed, but his execution and finish showcased his talent.

14 Sean Maitland (Scotland) - No tries for Scotland's newest star but his influence was invaluable. A cute offload led to Matt Scott's try at the beginning of the second-half and he threatened all over the park. He is a big part of an exciting trio Scotland now have in their back three.

13 Mathieu Bastareaud (France) - Philippe Saint-André will struggle to find many positives from Saturday's shambles in Paris, but Bastareaud is one of them. Five defenders beaten, twelve tackles and a constant nuisance to bring down - the Toulon centre is back.

12 Jamie Roberts (Wales) - The Welsh battering ram marked his 50th cap with an assured performance, causing damage going forward but also producing a couple of key turnovers.

11 George North (Wales) - Close competition came for this spot from Mike Brown, but North's match-winner ended months of pain for Wales. Not only did he manage to find success in the same corner that eluded Mark Cueto back in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final, but his Dad's pitch invasion to join the celebrations was special.

10 Owen Farrell (England) - His battle with Jonathan Sexton was comically (at this stage) billed as being for the Lions starting jersey. Unfortunately Sexton left the field on 31 minutes but Farrell was already on top in his personal duel. The Saracen kicked twelve points, missing two penalties during the game, but his all-round game management again resurfaces just how calm and collected he is for someone of only 21 years of age.

9 Ben Youngs (England) - Back-to-back inclusions in our team for Youngs and deservedly so. The Leicester scrum-half was outstanding over the weekend, with his positional sense and kicking game being top notch. It is not often Danny Care rides the pine for a whole game, which was a reflection of just how well Youngs performed at the Aviva Stadium.

8 Toby Faletau (Wales) - A stellar performance from the young number eight against France offered a reminder of what he has to offer when on form. Nine carries and twelve tackles illustrated the hard work ethic of the Welsh back-row on a memorable afternoon.

7 Chris Robshaw (England) - Suddenly the Harlequins captain is the bookies favourite to lead the Lions in Australia. While Irish number eight endured a nightmare showing at the Aviva Stadium, Robshaw was a colossus in white as he carried well and made the most tackles in the match. We feel Sean O'Brien deserves a mention here as he gave everything to the Irish cause, despite struggling during the contest with a painful looking injury.

6 Ryan Jones (Wales) - Sam Warburton might be fit to face Italy in a two weeks time, but he may not win his place back. Jones took the captain's armband against France and was an inspiration - eight carries, two turnovers and thirteen tackles backing up his performance.

5 Geoff Parling (England) - Stuart Lancaster possesses such a well-balanced trio of locks at the moment and at the head of that pile is Parling. Unlucky not to make our selection last week, he was again outstanding for England in both the tight and loose. Surely a 2013 Lion.

4 Andrew Coombs (Wales) - Two games into his Test career, Coombs looks like a veteran. Wales' top tackler with fourteen, he also made an effective turnover at the breakdown and didn't shy away from carrying the ball either. So far, Coombs is the find of the Six Nations.

3 Euan Murray (Scotland) - Performances such as Murray's on Saturday reminded us why he was a Lion. Thirteen tackles marked a busy day for the prop as he rolled back the years.

2 Ross Ford (Scotland) - Admittedly his line-out work was patchy, but Ford was on form around the park on his return to Test rugby. A handful of carries and nine tackles underlined an assured performance from the former Scotland captain, who should keep his jersey.

1 Joe Marler (England) - While his opposite number had a feisty afternoon, Marler quietly went about his business at the Aviva Stadium. Clean shaven, a nine-tackle effort was complimented by decent scrummaging before he was replaced by Mako Vunipola.

By Ben Coles and Adam Kyriacou
@bencoles_ and @PlanetRugbyAK

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