Enjoy the weekend’s rugby? I certainly did! We were treated to feast of action right across the board. The All Blacks were far too strong against a weary and tired looking Wales side ready for a break after a long season. England and Australia fought tooth and nail for the victory, with England coming out on top to secure the whitewash, despite the lead changing sides nearly a dozen times. A truly unmissable Test match and undoubtedly the best of the three Test series. And Ireland taking the Springboks all the way in the final series decider. Ireland should be proud of the way they performed over the series despite South Africa’s Test match and series win.
So here we look at the stand out performers of the weekend across the final Test matches. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Israel Dagg has had an incredible series. A try in the second and the final match, he attacked at every opportunity. Ben Smith on the wing guarantees you tries and didn’t disappoint this weekend. Jonathan Joseph was strong in defence and out played his opponent in Kuridrani. Farrell at 12 complements Ford so well and his goal kicking is deadly. Beauden Barrett at fly half is in my opinion the best in the world. His attacking and try scoring is world class. The ever reliable Aaron Smith controlled the game so well and outshone Rhys Webb again. Billy Vunipola continues to impress under Eddie Jones and carried the ball so well against the Wallabies to set up a great win. Michael Hooper was one of Australia’s stand out players on Saturday and his skills at the breakdown are second to none. Chris Robshaw had another excellent game for England. His work rate caused Australia so many problems and close to scoring in the second half. Sam Whitelock’s set piece play is unstoppable and put in another big shift to stop the Welsh scoring. Maro Itoje continues to dominate in the lineout and a work horse in the ball carrying department and still unbeaten all season. Dan Cole is a whole new player under Eddie Jones. He scrummaged well against Slipper and took try very well. Dylan Hartley’s set piece gets better and better and dominated Moore in all departments. Joe Moody had another great “behind the scenes” game. Scrummed and carried the ball well for his team.
International rugby takes a break now until the start of the Rugby Championship in August and the Autumn Internationals in November. But Super Rugby resumes next weekend, with the International players returning to their franchises in what promises to be an exciting climax to the season.