Team of the Week
February 13, 2012
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny was superb against Scotland © Getty Images
With just two of the three matches going ahead in the second round of the Six Nations - due to the big freeze in Paris - we pick out who impressed in our latest Team of the Week.
Ireland may have been left kicking their heels in the French capital, but England's clash with Italy went ahead despite the Stadio Olimpico being covered in snow. Stuart Lancaster's men edged the Azzurri while Warren Gatland's Wales put Scotland to the sword with an impressive second-half performance - but amid all the snow, which players shone?
15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
The Wales fullback has now featured two weeks running, but with two tries to his name and more accurate kicking from the tee, Halfpenny was a standout in week two of the Six Nations.
14. Alex Cuthbert (Wales)
The giant wing made up for George North's early departure with a series of line breaks and an all-important try, his first in Tests.
13. Owen Farrell (England)
A 100% kicking ratio is impressive - kicking in the snow and keeping your head in front of a loud Italian crowd is even more so. Farrell is becoming indispensable to England.
12. Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Roberts did the basics well and although he's still not quite back to his best, he always stabilised the attacking platform and made a series of charges across the gainline against Scotland.
11. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
The youngster had a perfectly good try ruled out by Romain Poite but in the time he was on the field, he showed exactly why Andy Robinson has to field him against France following an impressive and energetic debut.
10. Rhys Priestland (Wales)
While Greig Laidlaw scored Scotland's try, Priestland controlled the game brilliantly against Andy Robinson's side. A neat sidestep in the closing minutes showed why he is such a special talent.
9. Lee Dickson (England)
Dickson came on in the second-half for the struggling Ben Youngs and marshalled England's pack brilliantly to close out the match.
1. Allan Jacobsen (Scotland)
Alex Corbisiero did well for England but Jacobsen gave Adam Jones a bumpy ride at the Millennium Stadium. While he knocked the ball on in a critical position, Jacobsen is the cornerstone of the Scotland pack.
2. Ken Owens (Wales)
Ross Ford performed adequately for Scotland but after Huw Bennett's injury, Owens stabilised the lineout and was solid around the breakdown.
3. Dan Cole (England)
Cole was superb against Italy and alongside Farrell was England's star performer. The scrum creaked in the early stages of the match, but Cole held his own in difficult conditions and helped England towards their victory.
4. Ryan Jones (Wales)
Playing in an unfamiliar position is never easy but Jones was solid in the second-row for Wales and used all of his experience to guide them home, equalling Ieuan Evans' captaincy record in the process.
5. Richie Gray (Scotland)
Gray is one of the standout second-rows in world rugby and he impressed once again on Sunday against Wales.
6. Dan Lydiate (Wales)
The flanker took the Man of the Match award and even without Sam Warburton alongside him, Lydiate was an absolute behemoth around the breakdown.
7. Ross Rennie (Scotland)
Alongside Dave Denton, Rennie should be one of the first names on Andy Robinson's team sheet. He was superb in the loose and obtained good turn over ball.
8. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
Parisse had a less easy ride against England when Ben Morgan came on, but the Italian is still just a joy to watch. The man's a legend.
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