1. Tommy Bowes Try v Wales
His sniping run and offload had already sent Best in for Ireland’s first score but Bowe scored a great try with 13 minutes left on the clock to put his team in front. Unfortunately it was Wales who came away with the win but the form of Tommy Bowe was a bright spot for Ireland.
2. Alex Corbisiero v Martin Castrogiovanni
The pre-match hype of Italian front row dominance seemed justified after the first scrum in which ‘Castro’ had Corbisiero in all sorts of bother. However, ‘Corbs’ turned the screw and Castrogiovanni was eventually withdrawn through injury.
3. Ryan Jones leading Wales for the 28th Time
Equalling Ieuan Evans’s record tally, the powerful back-rower was only given the armband after Sam Warburton was injured in the warm-up. Jones will have been even more delighted that he led Wales to a valuable win.
4. Jim Hamilton’s Hit on George North
Okay, so technically it wasn’t a ‘tackle’. Hamilton’s arms didn’t wrap around the Welsh powerhouse but George North did crash into him in full flight and now painfully knows why they call him ‘Big’ Jim Hamilton.
5. Lee Dickson’s Performance v Italy
With England looking a bit limited, Stuart Lancaster introduced scrum-half Lee Dickson into the fray. The impact on the game was immediate and largely down to the quick ball and accurate service from the Saints player.
6. Francois Trinh-Duc Creativity v Italy
Restored at 10 by new French coach Saint-Andre, Trinh-Duc repaid the faith with a beautiful delayed pass for the opening French try and a clever kick through for Clerc’s score.
7. John Barclays Turnover v Wales
Straight off the bench and with Scotland under the cosh, Barclay used all his openside instincts to snaffle a Welsh ball on the deck and give his side temporary reprieve. A start surely now beckons?
8. Lorenzo Cittadini’s Warm-Up v England
Coming straight on for a defensive scrum under his own posts, Cittadini had prepared for the fight. Entertaining the crowd with his unique ‘gorilla grab’ warm up, the prop was solid in the set piece for his 10th cap.
9. The Masi & McLean Combination
The Italian backs have been inconsistent so far but when they spark they look a dangerous beast. Andrea Masi and Luke McLean gave glimpses of this when they had England on the back foot during the second half.
10. Shane Williams’s Commentary v Scotland
The Welsh legend has already admitted it was hard watching his former team-mates on Sunday but he was kept busy giving TV opinion during the game. Some insightful points and a calm delivery helped distract the wing wizard from his want to join in.