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Nominees for Guinness Six Nations Player of Round Five

Nominees for Guinness Six Nations Player of Round Five

Super Saturday treated us to three incredible matches and the nominees are now in for the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round.

Wales completed the Grand Slam with victory over Ireland, earning a 25-7 success in Cardiff and they have four players on the list.

They are joined by an Italian and a Scot, after the games in Rome and the sensational draw at Twickenham.

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SERGIO PARISSE

We start in Rome where the Championship’s all-time appearance leader, Sergio Parisse, played what may have been his final game in the Guinness Six Nations.

The No.8 was everywhere as Italy threw everything at France, spending large periods of the game hammering away at the French line.

It was his break that set up the only Italian try, scored by Tito Tebaldi, while he was also a menace in the lineout where Italy really troubled Les Bleus.

HADLEIGH PARKES

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The tone was set in Cardiff in the second minute when Hadleigh Parkes dotted down. In fact, in terms of immediate impact, Parkes was in a league of his own. He reacted quickest to dot down from Gareth Anscombe’s clever chip over the top.

And just as it seemed Ireland would respond immediately, he got back to tackle Jacob Stockdale when the winger looked to be away.

FINN RUSSELL

Finn Russell spent most of the first half at Twickenham trying to stem the tide as England overwhelmed Scotland. But it was he who masterminded an incredible comeback. From 31-0 down, Russell and Scotland threw caution to the wind.

It paid off as their all-court game rattled England, with Russell himself picking off an Owen Farrell pass and racing home for the levelling try. While they had to settle for a draw in the end, it was a remarkable performance.

JOSH NAVIDI

Josh Navidi had to wait a long time for his chance at Test level, but he has seized the opportunity since it has been presented to him.

The flanker was everywhere for Wales against Ireland, disrupting at the breakdown, racking up 28 tackles and carrying relentlessly.

Ireland have incredible breakdown operators throughout their pack but Navidi was part of a Welsh forward effort that negated them.

ALUN WYN JONES

What more can be said about Alun Wyn Jones? Wales’ leader and the heartbeat of their side. A collective gasp went around the stadium when he went down holding his knee in the opening stages.

Jones got back up though, and then proceeded to top the carry charts for Wales, was second only in tackles to Navidi, and chipped in with five dominant tackles. All in all, a monumental display from a monumental captain.

GARETH ANSCOMBE

Gareth Anscombe has been Wales’ preferred choice at fly-half for most of the Guinness Six Nations but after George North’s early injury, he shifted back to full-back in Cardiff.

It made no difference as the Cardiff Blues playmaker made the first try for Parkes, then proceeded to kick Ireland out of the game.

He finished with 20 points in all, scooped the Guinness Man of the Match award and celebrated his first Grand Slam.

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