10 things we learned from round one of the Six Nations

Scotland top the table, but England and Wales are looking good after wins on the road, while Ireland and France now have big points to prove

Josh Strauss and Sam Johnson
Josh Strauss (on the ball) and Sam Johnson (in support) were impressive as Scotland kicked-off their Six Nations campaign with a win at home to Italy. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
  1. Jamie Ritchie and Sam Johnson really are Test match animals.

  2. Finn Russell can play it both ways.

  3. Josh Strauss could be the solution to Scotland’s ‘big bruiser in the back-row’ dilemma after all – if he can perform consistently at the level he produced on Saturday.

  4. Gregor Townsend has a massive selection decision to make on the wing if Sean Maitland is fit next week.

  5. Late substitutions to get players caps are counter-productive and devalue the jersey.

  6. Italy need to work out what they are good at and stick to it.

  7. No team can implode quite as spectacularly as the French.

  8. Even minus Toby Faletau, the Welsh back-row can be awesome – and Dan Biggar is too good a player to start on the bench.

  9. England are back big style – Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola change the dynamic dramatically.

  10. Ireland are beatable – Jonny Sexton and Rory Best might be coming towards the end of the road – but all 23 of them are going to be pumped up to their eyeballs when they arrive at Murrayfield next Saturday.

Scotland’s 6 Nations Campaign:

Stuart Hogg happy to forgive and forget over try that got away

Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum added to Scotland squad

Old master Parisse and young buck Ritchie make their presence felt

Gregor Townsend sees bright side of late lapse

Blair Kinghorn hat-trick provides winning start

6 Nations: Scotland player ratings – versus Italy


    • Not aimed at anyone. As our player ratings show, we didn’t try to pin the concession of three tries in the last ten minutes on any individual.

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