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Six Nations Team of Week 2

Oval Talk

Here is Oval Talk's Team of the Week and statistics following the second weekend of Six Nations rugby.

Selected from four teams as France v Ireland was postponed.

1. Alex Corbisiero (England)
He is really enjoying being the first-choice number one and should be pleased with this performance. His scrummaging and defence was outstanding and he won the battle against Martin Castrogiovanni.

2. Ross Ford (Scotland)
Ford was solid with the ball in hand and was reliable at the lineout. He also put in a good defensive display, making no fewer than nine tackles in what was a very physical game.

3. Adam Jones (Wales)
The Scottish pack were really fired up for this match and Jones matched them every step of the way. He was immense in the scrum and at the breakdown. Another strong performance from the tighthead.

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Gray is Scotland's key player

4. Richie Gray (Scotland)
Running out of superlatives for this man. Gray is consistently Scotland's best player. The Glasgow star made some big carries and was extremely useful at the lineout.

5. Tom Palmer (England)
He was key for Stuart Lancaster's team against Italy. Palmer was immense in the opening 15 minutes and he was probably England's main ball carrier. Influential at the lineout.

6. Dan Lydiate (Wales)
Lydiate was back in the team after recovering from an ankle injury and it was if he had never been away. Simply outstanding; he was exemplary in defence and his efforts meant Wales did not miss captain Sam Warburton too much.

7. Ross Rennie (Scotland)
Rennie showed great pace and the ability to evade a tackle. He was also effective at the breakdown, where he gained several turnovers.

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Farrell battles with Parisse

8. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
It was a man-of-the-match performance yet again from Parisse. He was involved in almost everything good that Italy did and led his team by example from the first minute to the very last.

9. Mike Phillips (Wales)
This was by no means a vintage performance from Phillips but his physicality drives Wales forward and that was the case against Scotland. He set up Leigh Halfpenny for the full-back's second try and on the whole had a good game. Despite being guilty of losing possession too often, he made up for it.

10. Rhys Priestland (Wales)
Priestland did not have the kicking responsibilities this week and seemed to blossom without that pressure. Time and time again he created the space for Jamie Roberts to go over the gainline and as the game opened up he was a real threat with the ball in hand.

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Matchwinner Halfpenny

11. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
Halfpenny switched to the wing after George North went off injured and it was another great performance from the Cardiff Blues player, scoring 22 of Wales' 29 points. Halfpenny only missed one kick, scored two tries and was a thorn in Scotland's side in both attack and defence.

12. Owen Farrell (England)
The Saracens youngster is settling into the international game very well. Farrell did not miss one kick and was solid in defence.

13. Jonathan Davies (Wales)
Davies always looked dangerous with the ball in hand and was a strong runner all afternoon. He was flawless in defence and certainly made an impression with a massive hit on Lee Jones in the first half.

14. Alex Cuthbert (Wales)
Forget George North... or not. But Cuthbert showed that he is also a quality winger, scoring his first try for Wales and working tirelessly for his team's cause.

15. James Hook (Wales)
The Perpignan star came on for the injured North and showed his class with some nice touches and offloads. The best example was when he broke through the Scottish defence and gave the ball to Jamie Roberts down the left in the second half.

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