Team of the week: Scotland dominate after England heroics
By Sky Sports Rugby
Last Updated: 26/02/18 2:00pm
Scotland dominate after their heroics against England, Ireland also feature heavily after their win against Wales, while two Super Rugby performers force their way in.
15. Hugo Bonneval (France)
A big performance from the Toulon full-back who helped France end their nine-match losing streak. Ran some strong attacking lines which resulted in a fine try after combining with Mathieu Bastareaud and Remy Grosso.
14. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions)
He was in the No 11 jersey on Saturday but it has been a quite sensational start for the Lions winger who has already scored three tries in his two Super Rugby games. With over 150 metres made against the Jaguares on Saturday, Dyantyi beat 11 defenders on his way to scoring a brace.
13. Huw Jones (Scotland)
Chris Farrell and Mathieu Bastareaud were excellent for Ireland and France respectively, but Jones was quite sensational against England. He continued his amazing scoring streak by touching down Scotland's first Murrayfield try against England since 2004. He was influential in their second and then went over for their third. When he was not punching holes in the England defence he was doing his bit in defence too and came away with 13 tackles.
12. Peter Horne (Scotland)
Russell's commanding display was helped by the performance of Horne, who was always on hand to relieve the pressure. An intelligent use of the boot kept England turning around and his slick passing made the most of the space available. Made some key tackles to to halt England's midfield getting up a head of steam.
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ireland)
That's eight tries in seven Tests for Stockdale, who is some finisher! A fantastic combination of pace and footwork continues to flummox defenders.
10. Finn Russell (Scotland)
What a response from Russell who bounced back after two poor displays to show what a talent he is. Ran the show with some superb footwork that seemed to carve open the England defence and kicked well out of hand too.
9. Conor Murray (Ireland)
Another influential game from Murray who bossed his forwards into battle and made sure his backs were playing in the right areas. Stepped up to slot a late penalty as well when Sexton was having a rare off day with the boot.
1. Cian Healy (Ireland)
Steven Kitshoff was in impenetrable form for the Stormers but Healy's experience really helped Ireland at scrum time when they were under pressure. Had a huge battle with Samson Lee, showed plenty of strength in the loose and scored a try as well - his fourth in 76 games.
2. Stuart McInally (Scotland)
An honourable mention for Italy's Leonardo Ghiraldini, who made an incredible 20 tackles against France, but McInally gets the nod. He was solid in the scrum and with his arrows but made a huge impact with some big runs around the fringes and was like an extra flanker at the breakdown, winning some vital turnovers.
3. Andrew Porter (Ireland)
Simon Berghan did well to hold Vunipola at bay and is unlucky to miss out but Porter gets the nod for his no-nonsense effort for Ireland. Nothing fancy around the park but more than held his own come scrum-time. The rookie is still learning his craft after switching from loosehead but despite being targeted by Wales, he held very strong!
4. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)
James Ryan was close but loses out to the Crusaders skipper, who was outstanding against the Chiefs. Showed some serious power and momentum to flatten the majority of the Chiefs' defence later on and score
5. Jonny Gray (Scotland)
A superb aerial display at the lineout that secured Scotland plenty of quick first phase ball. Tireless in defence as well and topped the tackle table with 20 big hits with just one missed.
6. John Barclay (Scotland)
A nod to Italy's Sebastian Negri and Wales No 6 Aaron Shingler, but the outstanding Barclay produced a fine captain's performance for Scotland. Along with Watson, he ruled the roost at the breakdown. He was their go-to man for carries and put in a big effort in defence as well.
7. Hamish Watson (Scotland)
Ireland's Dan Leavy was pencilled in straight after his performance for Ireland but then Watson came along and we had to have a rethink. Read England's play very well and was always first on the scene - time and time again he stopped England getting any fluidity in attack with some outstanding breakdown work.
8. CJ Stander (Ireland)
Another huge carrying performance from Stander with 21 carries. Did some grunt work at the breakdown as well and won a couple of crucial turnovers.