Oval Talk

Six Nations Team of Week 3

Oval Talk

Here is Oval Talk's Team of the Week and statistics following the third weekend of Six Nations rugby.

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France's Wesley Fofana (R) celebrates with team-mate Maxime Medard

15. Leigh Halfpenny, Wales
The Cardiff Blues star has really impressed this Championship. He was nerveless with his kicking and his defence was outstanding. Halfpenny was the man who put in the tackle to stop Strettle from scoring a try right at the death.

14. Tommy Bowe, Ireland
Bowe has not had the greatest Six Nations so far but two tries against Italy has certainly reminded everyone how important he is to Ireland.

13. Wesley Fofana, France

Admittedly Fofana was at no.12 but OT had to fit him in somewhere. He made some great lines, especially the one for his try. Fofana's presence has really added some bite to the French backline and they look a real threat going forward.

12. Brad Barritt, England

He worked brilliantly with Manu Tuialgi to force the Wales forwards on to the back foot. Barritt was extremely potent when he had the ball in hand and made a number of line breaks.

11. George North, Wales

North was at his world-beating best in the opening 20 minutes and made several trademark runs. He struggled in the second half but he causes problems for the opponents constantly.

10. Owen Farrell, England

Farrell might have missed a penalty just before he went off injured but he was the focal point of everything good England did. Already an established international.

9. Mike Blair, Scotland

The scrum-half was utterly brilliant for the opening 30 minutes. Had he managed to stay on the field for the full 80 minutes it could have been a different result for Scotland.

8. Ben Morgan, England

Made his debut for England against the other team he could have played for and he smashed into his club team mates time and time again. Morgan looked comfortable in an England shirt

7. Sam Warburton, Wales

Mr consistent. Warburton made so many try-saving tackles and led Wales with integrity. He initially struggled with England's power at the breakdown but finished the match strongly.

6. Thierry Dusautoir, France

When Dusautoir is playing you are guaranteed quick ball to the backs. He is equally adept at stealing it from his opponents. Sometimes unplayable and makes the France pack come alive.

5. Paul O'Connell, Ireland

O'Connell came out in the second-half against Italy and destroyed them. It is as simple as that. The Azzurri just could not cope with him when he had the ball in hand and his defensive work was flawless.

4. Richie Gray, Scotland

This man just continues to impress. Gray is always so good at offloading the ball and is a rock when it comes to his defensive game. He works tirelessly and keeps the ball alive and moving.

3. Adam Jones, Wales

Jones was a massive presence at scrum time for Wales and really put the pressure on Alex Corbisiero. He was strong in the tackle and effective in the loose.

2. Ross Ford, Scotland
The Scotland captain was consistent at the lineout and was very effective with the ball in hand.

1. Gethin Jenkins, Wales

Jenkins did not stop working all day and defended well against the constant England pressure. He was as ever consistent in the scrum.

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