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6 Nations Round Up

March 18, 2013
ImageEvening all, I thought that the dramatic finale of the 6 Nations meant that the Tournament as a whole deserved a round up, so here’s mine, award style!
ImagePlayer of the Tournament:
3-Mike Brown-the bald winger did a fantastic job for England holding down a flank, whilst he scored no tries he looked dangerous and did a cracking job in defense.
2-Mike Phillips-ignoring that first game Phillips was great for Wales, putting in some hits worthy of 6ft7 back rowers and making some really crucial breaks offensively.
1-Sergio Parisse-where would the Azzuri be without this man? He is an absolute mammoth and I can’t remember a game when he wasn’t an enormous presence for Italy. Instrumental doesn’t cover it adequately.
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Flop of the Tournament– Freddie Michalak. It’s not often that a player’s mere presence can worsen a team to the extend that poor Freddie does to les Bleus. A real game changer, Michalak excels at missing kicks, dropping the ball and slipping off tackles. He can’t even open his eyes while playing (see picture)!
Hot property– Owen Farrell- the young poster boy could have a real future on this stage if he can stay just as composed and perhaps develop his attacking game. Better at putting the ball over the bar than Torres, his metronomic boot almost propelled England to the Grand Slam before Wales spoilt the party.
Surprise package– Italy- I’ll admit I basically just invented this category to wax lyrical about Italy… but they have been fantastic this year. The ultimate example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, Italy have few great players but were unlucky not to win more than they did, with narrow losses to Scotland and England joining fine wins against Ireland and France. Perhaps a year for the record books as when Italy started challenging for titles. I’m sure we’d all love the usual giants to be slain.
World Cup Chances 2015:Ireland on this form will struggle to beat the group stages. That is all, an awful performance after the first half of the first match of the competition.
France looked great during the Autumn but are now failing to maintain that momentum. Their team is stuffed more full of talent than a roomful of Usain Bolts but they also clash more frequently than a roomful of Mario Balotellis.
Italy look to finally be making their impact and could come to a nice peak for 2015, which could be Parisse’s swansong.
Wales picked themselves up after a dreadful bout of form to claim the title and their young team still has plenty of potential.
The end of Scott Johnson’s interim leaderdhip for Scotland might spell the demise of their decent performances this term and I hold no high hopes for their future. Sorry Scots!
Finally to England, where the press is being unreasonably gloomy after one defeat. I would maintain that with home advantage England could put up a real fight in 2015.

So that’s your lot! Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed it please remember to like and follow if you want to see more. Also leave a comment with your opinion on the 6 Nations. I’m going to America for a week so this is my last post until my Weekend Review in a fortnight. I’ll see you all then!

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