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Nominees for Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round

Nominees for Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round
  • O'Mahony and Kearney nominated after roles in Irish win in Scotland
  • Navidi gets the nod for man-of-the-match display against Italy
  • Trio of Englishmen also in contention, May, Farrell, Lawes

The six nominees for the Guinness Six Nations Player of Round Two have been announced.

A panel of independent journalists picked out the shortlist and now you can have your say by voting to pick the overall winner.

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Everyone who votes over the course of the Guinness Six Nations will be entered in a draw to win tickets for a match in next year’s Championship.

POM SHUTS DOWN SCOTS

First up, we have Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony, the man of the match at BT Murrayfield who played a leading role in their 22-13 victory.

Influential as ever at the breakdown, he also played a key role in Jacob Stockdale’s first-half try, delivering the inside pass to Johnny Sexton that opened up the space to put Stockdale through.

Is he your player of the round?

HAT-TRICK HERO MAY

It took just half an hour for Jonny May to rack up a hat-trick of tries as he ran riot in behind the French defence.

His first score came after two minutes, and he had two more in the first half to become the first Englishman to score a hat-trick in the Championship since Jonathan Joseph in 2017.

He was the official man of the match but was he the player of the round?

RETURNING ROB

Rob Kearney missed out against England a week ago but he was back with a bang in Scotland with a fine all-round display.

Threatening every time he touched the ball, he caused the Scots a lot of problems when he cut into the line.

One such break left the Scottish defence into disarray, leading to Joey Carbery’s break and Keith Earls’ second-half try.

RELENTLESS LAWES

Courtney Lawes had big boots to fill after coming in for Maro Itoje but England did not miss the Saracens second row.

Lawes was dynamic with and without the ball, putting pressure on Les Bleus in the lineout, leading the defensive effort, and carrying powerfully. 

Whether it is in the second row or the back row, Lawes appears to relish playing in Le Crunch and was a standout in the English pack.

NAVIDI SHINES IN NEW ROLE

Josh Navidi shifted across to No.8 against Italy while starting alongside two relatively inexperienced flankers, but it made little difference to his performance as he scooped the man-of-the-match award.

As active as ever around the park, he helped Wales record an 11th successive victory, equalling their all-time record.

FARRELL PULLS THE STRINGS

France had no answer to England’s kicking game, with Owen Farrell leading by example as he peppered the space in behind wingers Gaël Fickou and Damian Penaud.

One such kick led to a try for the man himself, the England skipper quickest to react after Jonny May could not quite get there, while he also put in a beautiful wide pass for May’s second try as England cleverly switched play at the last second.

Who is your favourite of these six nominees? Make sure you head to THIS PAGE and have your say. You could win tickets to next year’s Championship if you do….