1. Ireland - A
Joe Schmidt could hardly have envisaged a better start to his first Six Nations campaign as Ireland head coach. There were positives signs coming into the championship after coming close to beating unbeaten New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. And Ireland have built on that performance instead of wallowing in self-pity. Admittedly, Schmidt's men were expected to beat Scotland in their opener but the Irish did so with aplomb. The biggest litmus test of the New Zealander's reign so far came against defending champions Wales. Ireland were relentless against Warren Gatland's men as they notched up an emphatic 26-3 win. The form of Peter O'Mahony and Jamie Heaslip is a particular plus heading to Twickenham this weekend.
2. France - B+
It is ironic that the two sides that propped up the Six Nations table last year are leading the way in the current campaign. It could be much different for Philippe Saint-Andre and France as the Stade de France was noticeably quiet as England appeared to be heading towards an opening win. Gael Fickou rescued Les Bleus in dramatic style to inflict on Stuart Lancaster only his third Six Nations loss in charge of the Red Rose. France weren't at their flamboyant best against Italy either until Wesley Fofana turned on the style in the second half. Next up for France is a test against a Wales side smarting from their loss in Dublin. At the Millennium Stadium, we should really get an idea of which France side will see out this championship and if they're genuine contenders.