Six Nations team of the week: Which players starred in round two?
After an incident-packed round two, the Six Nations heads into the first fallow week with Ireland top of the pile.
Andy Farrell’s side took another step towards back-to-back grand slams with a comprehensive victory over Italy rugby, backing up their win over France rugby with a strong performance even after plenty of rotation.
Behind Ireland sit England, clunky in attack but defensively stern as they edged out Wales, Warren Gatland’s men once more valiant in defeat but ultimately none from two.
Scotland, meanwhile, came even closer to victory, a match-winning try seemingly scored at Murrayfield, but a failure to find conclusive evidence to prove it ensuring that France just about clung on.
Which players make it in to our team of the week? Here, The Independent picks the standout XV from Round Two of the Six Nations:
1 Pierre Schoeman (Scotland)
Andrew Porter played his part in Ireland’s win, Ellis Genge was strong off the bench for England, but Schoeman earns the loosehead spot again. The 29-year-old has become one of the world’s most consistent, well-rounded props and stood up to the might of Uini Atonio and the rest of the French scrum.
2 Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
Dan Sheehan scored twice in Ireland’s win against Italy
A couple of tries for Sheehan, who would have had a third if not for a remarkable tackle from Stephen Varney in the corner. His natural athletic ability catches the eye but it was his rock solid set-piece skillset that laid the platform in Ireland’s win. Elliot Dee had another good outing for Wales.
3 Finlay Bealham (Ireland)
Does Andy Farrell have a decision to make at tighthead? Finlay Bealham may not yet displace Tadhg Furlong but he continues to impress, putting the pressure on a good prop in Danilo