Wednesday 7 December 2016

No place for two man-of-the-match performers in Welsh website’s Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Published 08/02/2016 | 14:57

Billy Vunipola, left, and CJ Stander

Combined selections are the source of much critique and discussion and a Welsh Six Nations selection has a number of talking points.

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The opening weekend of the 2016 competition saw wins for England and France, with Wales and Ireland forced to settle for a point each after a gripping contest in Dublin.

Wales Online have pinned their colours to the mast with their team, which has just eight names in common from the Independent.ie selection.

Ireland’s Devin Toner, Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton make the cut, but there is no place for Sunday’s man-of-the-match CJ Stander – who does get an honourable mention – or the official man-of-the-match from the Calcutta Cup, England’s back row powerhouse Billy Vunipola, who made 19 carries, gained 51 metres and also made seven tackles during the 80 minutes of action at Murrayfield. It was of course a hard call, with the inspirational Sergio Parisse yet again playing the captain's role in a losing Italian side.

There seems to be widespread agreement at centre [Michele Campagnaro and Jamie Roberts ], half back [Irish pair Murray and Sexton] and in the choice of props [Rob Evans and Samson Lee].

Wales Online Team of the Weekend

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

14 Anthony Watson (England)

13 Michele Campagnaro (Italy)

12 Jamie Roberts (Wales)

11 Virimi Vakatawa (France)

10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

9 Conor Murray (Ireland)

1 Rob Evans (Wales)

2 Guilhem Guirado (France)

3 Samson Lee (Wales)

4 Jonny Gray (Scotland)

5 Devin Toner (Ireland)

6 Wenceslas Lauret (France)

7 Justin Tipuric (Wales)

8 Sergio Parisse (Italy)

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