Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby: Team of Round 4

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Who foresaw France losing their first match of this year’s Championship at the weekend?

Who foresaw France losing their first match of this year’s Championship at the weekend?

If you did, then you may well have stolen a march on your Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby rivals.

France impressed in winning their opening three matches only for Scotland to end their Grand Slam hopes with a 28-17 victory in Edinburgh and the result has led to no France players featuring in the Fantasy Rugby Team of the Week for the first time in the Championship.


Instead, five Scotland players make up the Round 4 XV including wing Sean Maitland who racked up 57.4 points after scoring two tries against France.

Flanker Jamie Ritchie’s man-of-the-match performance saw him tally 55 points while lock Grant Gilchrist was awarded 50 points after weighing in with 22 tackles – five of those dominant – in a robust defensive showing.

There are also places for Scotland front-row duo Rory Sutherland and Stuart McInally who bagged 33.3 and 33.1 points respectively, with the latter coming off the bench to score a try.

England moved to the top of the Championship standings and claimed the Triple Crown after a 33-30 win over Wales at Twickenham.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs (41.1 points) is one of five England aces in the Team of the Week after his man-of-the-match showing.

Full-back Antony Watson (58.8 points) and centre Manu Tuilagi (49.2 points) secured their places in the back division after scoring in the triumph, with the latter making 70 metres from eight carries.

Lock Maro Itoje (42.7 points) and back rower Tom Curry (53.9 points) also impressed for England as they both made six dominant tackles.

Wales may have fallen short but that did not stop fly-half Dan Biggar registering 67 points to become Fantasy Rugby Player of the Week.

Biggar made 105 metres from 14 carries – more than anyone else in the two Round 4 fixtures – as well as scoring a try, dispatching three conversions and landing a penalty.

Justin Tipuric’s two-try display saw him seal a spot in the Team of the Week’s back row as he totalled 64.8 points – just shy of Biggar’s tally.

Centre Nick Tompkins who made his international debut earlier in the Championship was the next best Fantasy Rugby points scorer for Wales with 49.2.

Wing George North completes the back-line with 37.9 points while prop Rob Evans is the fifth and final Wales player in the team with 13.4 points.

Despite watching their team fall to defeat against Scotland, France fans are still soaring high in Fantasy Rugby and remain top of the League of Nations with 577.7 points.

But Wales and Scotland supporters are chasing Les Bleus down with 565.6 and 556.4 points respectively.

15 – A. Watson (England) – 58.8 pts 14 – S. Maitland (Scotland) – 57.4 pts 13 – M. Tuilagi (England) – 53.6 pts 12 – N. Tompkins (Wales) – 49.2 pts 11 – G. North (Wales) – 37.9 pts 10 – D. Biggar (Wales) – 67.0 pts – (BEST PLAYER) 9 – B. Youngs (England) – 41.1 pts 8 – J. Tipuric (Wales) – 64.8 pts 7 – J. Ritchie (Scotland) – 55.0 pts 6 – T. Curry (England) – 53.9 pts 5 – G. Gilchrist (Scotland) – 50.0 pts 4 – M. Itoje (England) – 42.7 pts 3 – R. Sutherland (Scotland) – 33.3 pts 2 – S. McInally (Scotland) – 33.1 pts 1 – R. Evans (Wales) – 13.4 pts