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I'd agree with these selections, though I'd have to throw this one out there as an argument against Adam Jones - Over the last three games he's played, he's gone head to head (literally!) with every opposition prop. Walsh picked up on it against England but blamed Corbs.
As someone coaching youngsters, seeing that consistently at scrum time from a quality player is disappointing.
And Botha definitely deserves a mention.
Posted 20:24 27th February 2012
Alot of players really out of posistion this week but cant really argue they where the form players of the week But a mention for Phillips thought he had a very ordinary game and Dickson played better but thats just my opinion
Posted 20:01 27th February 2012
The 3 best back row players over the weekend were: Parisse, Dusatoir and Warburton.
Rennie was good - but I wouldn't bump any of those 3 for him. I would love to see those 3 starting on the same team against McCaw, Reid and Kaino - that would be a truly epic clash...
Posted 19:58 27th February 2012
Chogie, did you watch the game? I am a die-hard welsh fan and I have to admit, Farrel was outstanding. Saw all the games over the weekend and he was the best number 10 hands down. Halfpenny is very unlucky not to be their but I cannot argue with Kearney's contribution, he was Ireland's biggest attacking threat. I would say planet rugby has got it spot on this week.
Posted 19:33 27th February 2012
I think Reddan off the bench should have at least gotten a mention, and Botha had a hell of a game and should be runner up to POC. Agree with everything else though.
Posted 19:23 27th February 2012
I have to disagree with you. Dussautoir was absolutely phenomenal. It is just that his work gets unnoticed. His ability to get to the situations quickly (impressive running lines), create turnovers and slowdown the ball throughout the match was outstanding.
Posted 18:54 27th February 2012
Gray and Botha deserved mentions and it's just a shame Tuilagi didn't manage a full 80 at his usual intensity.,.he'll have that back soon enough though.
Posted 18:53 27th February 2012
as a welshman not much to grumble about there. but i would say halfpenny should have been included. had his best game for wales.
could put a case forward for lydiate, ian evans and north, but on the whole no complaints.
tuilagi will be scary with a few more games under his belt.
ashton needs to be dropped.
scotland are starting to look good and one win will be all they need to get some momentum.
sam warburton is the best player in europe
Posted 18:40 27th February 2012
While Farrell was impressive Sexton was better all round, kicking 17 points and running the backline show as Ireland scored 5 good tries...If Sexton was playing for England they would've beaten Wales in my opinion as he would have injected much more pace into the English backline than Farrell did, thus bringing Ashton and Strettle more into the game which could have made the telling difference. As regards defensive duties between these two it would be even steven as both are excellent tacklers as Farrell showed by downing Roberts and Sexton showed coming off the ground to miraculously prevent what looked to be a certain Italian try...
Posted 17:46 27th February 2012
What is the point in going through with this exercise if you repeatedly choose players out of position? Surely the point of this exercise is to pick the best players in each position?
Hogg was at 15, Rennie at 7 - you have chosen them for their 'performances' on the wing and number 8 respectively.
Agree with Chogie on Farrell. Sexton was the only stand-out 10 this weekend.
Posted 17:40 27th February 2012
To be fair Farrell looks like a top drawer player in the making, he defended well, kicked reasonably and was relatively creative with the backline, plus he made a break. Not bad for a first start at 10
Posted 17:40 27th February 2012
No Halfpenny at full back?
Posted 17:21 27th February 2012
I would argue for Dan Lydiate at 6 instead of Dusatoir who I thought was ordinary (and if memory serves he did fail to bring Hogg down on one occasion). I do agree with Ford but to describe it as nothing flashy is a disservice to a hooker running a good 20 metres on one particular run!!!
Posted 17:14 27th February 2012
Difficult to argue against any of those.
At 13 Tuilagi was great until he ran out of steam. To me, at least, he seemed to slow down towards the end. I'm hoping his match-fitness isn't a long-term issue and he'll continue to bust those tackles.
I am surprised, however, that Phillips got a mention, albeit as "runner up". I think he's had much better games and that Dickson and Cussiter were his equal.
And Botha should get a mention as POC's runner up. He had a great game too.
Posted 16:22 27th February 2012