Saturday 16 March 2013

My team of the 6 Nations

15. Stuart Hogg

Hogg and Halfpenny were in a league of their own in full back terms. Masi and Goode were both impressive,  but Hogg was outstanding.

14. Leigh Halfpenny

The only way I could give Hogg the full back slot was if Halfpenny was already in the team. Wingers weren't as good throughout the entire tournament. Zebo and Gilroy showed well for Ireland, but not enough to warrant selection here. Maitland performed intelligently without setting the world alight and was probably best of the rest.

13. Manu Tuilagi

There weren't many contenders here, but Tuilagi made a difference when he came into the English side, and thus gets the spot here.

12. Wesley Fofana

Solely for the try of the tournament and the fact that not many backs performed this year. Matt Scott is worth a mention, and I would have liked to see more of Twelvetrees.

11. Alex Cuthbert

This was a toss up between Cuthbert and George North, with Cuthbert sneaking it for me for his tries in the final game against England.

10. Owen Farrell

There really was no one else. He showed good maturity throughout and cemented a place on the Lions tour.

9. Greig Laidlaw

Showing how good he is. Youngs did well for England, and Murray showed some great form, but I think Laidlaw lead Scotland well, and directed the best bits of what they did.

1. Cian Healy

Gethin Jenkins eventually came into it and pushed Healy close. But the Scottish game showed how far Healy has come and how much he was missed.

2. Rory Best

Best had two nightmares with the lineout but was exemplary in open play, especially in the Welsh game where I thought he was man of the match. Not many other hookers performed, with Hibbard the next best.

3. Adam Jones

In a toss up between Cole and Jones, Jones won the battle today, and is the strongest scrummager and frontrunner for the test spot.

4. Andrew Coombes

Did very well in his debut campaign, and was unlucky to be dropped for the last game. The English locks were good as well.

5. Jim Hamilton

Completely outshone Richie Gray and dismantled many opposition line outs, with Rory Best struggling in particular.

6. Alessandro Zanni

My player of the tournament. Made some huge carries, and was the outstanding member of a performing Italian backrow.

7. Justin Tipuric

How he isn't first choice for Wales, and should be first choice for the Lions. A colossus, and his inclusion turned the Welsh campaign around.

8. Louis Picamoles

Admittedly I changed from Parisse at the last minute here, as Picamoles has been one of the only consistent French players, carrying strongly and making huge tackles.

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