Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations saw France seize control of the Championship with a second win with some intriguing numbers to emerge from the weekend.
Les Bleus saw off Ireland 30-24 to make it two from two, while Wales and England bounced back from Round 1 defeats to get their own campaigns up and running.
So as we get the chance to reflect, here are some of the big numbers from the weekend.
0 – The number of offside penalties conceded by France, four fewer than in the win over Italy and an indication of the work done by Shaun Edwards and Jérôme Garcès.
4 – The number of turnovers won by Alex Dombrandt in England’s win in Italy as Eddie Jones’ side kept the Azzurri scoreless at the Stadio Olimpico.
4.2 – The number of points per entry into the France 22 scored by Ireland in Paris. That was the highest total of any team this weekend, with Ireland notching 21 points from five trips to the French 22 as they almost pulled off an unlikely comeback.
5 – France have won five successive matches for the first time in seven years. This was also the third year running in which they won their first two games in the Championship.
8 – The number of dominant tackles made by Italy against England in Rome. Through two weeks, Italy have made 15 dominant tackles, three more than the next highest tally which belongs to France.
37 – The number of points scored and conceded by Scotland after two matches. Gregor Townsend’s team were beaten 20-17 by Wales in Cardiff a week after they had beaten England by the same scoreline at BT Murrayfield.
41 – The number of tackles made by Michele Lamaro in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, the most of any player. Taine Basham is second on 32.
67 – The number of seconds France needed to score the first try against Ireland. Antoine Dupont’s score was the fastest try scored against Ireland in the Guinness Six Nations, beating Hadleigh Parkes’ effort in 2019 by one second.
100 – The number of Test caps won by both Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies. The former led Wales magnificently against Scotland, while the latter came off the bench and had a real impact in defending the lead.
191 – The number of metres made by Freddie Steward with ball in hand against Italy. He has now made 249 metres with ball in hand in the Championship, 11 more than closest rival Mack Hansen.
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