Moment of madness - Stuart Hogg against Wales:
The Scottish full-back is not known for being a dirty player but his cheap and cowardly shoulder charge after 22 minutes could have left Dan Biggar with a serious injury.
Scotland were trailing by just seven-points but the red mist descended on Hogg and the match was lost in that moment as Wales recorded their biggest Six Nations victory while inflicting Scotland’s heaviest Championship defeat.
Try of the round – Jamie Roberts’ second against Scotland:
There was a feast of tries in the final round of Championship action but Roberts’ second topped the lot. With Hogg sent to take an early shower the opportunity was always there for the Welsh to let rip and they certainly delivered.
Sam Warburton laid the foundations after stealing a Scottish lineout on Wales’ five-metre line. He drove forward before the ball was spread wide through the hands of Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies to Liam Williams. The man-of-the-match dummied to George North before returning the ball inside to Davies. In turn Davies found Faletau, who continued the length of the field move before offloading to Roberts for the score.
NFL quarter-back award – Alexandre Lapandry:
The French flanker had the opportunity to release Damien Chouly for a match-winning try in the 78th minute to steal the Six Nations crown from the grasps of Ireland and deliver it into the hands of England.
But as television replays, during a nail-biting minute at both the Stade de France and the England team hotel, showed, Lapandry severely fluffed his lines as the chance was missed.
Unsung hero – Andrew Trimble:
While the Ulster wing is not the most fashionable of players, he is a solid, dependable and wiry. The type of player any team hates to defend against. Trimble made more carries than any other Irish back in the historic Stade de France triumph and topped the metres made, that’s on top of scoring a crucial try.
Offload of the round – Luther Burrell:
Burrell has been one of the finds of the tournament and stepped into the Test arena with seamless ease. The Northampton Saints centre has powered to three tries but his off-load for England’s and Mike Brown’s first score perfectly demonstrated the subtleties to his game.
Outstanding contribution – Brian O’Driscoll:
Yes, O’Driscoll received a similar gong last week but this week he bode farewell to the international game, not just the Aviva Stadium.
The Leinster legend is undoubtedly the greatest player to have graced the Six Nations and goes down with finest rugby players of all time.
BOD, the most capped player of all time, holds an endless list of records in the Six Nations – the most appearances, tries, carries by a back, metres made, clean breaks, defenders beaten, offloads and turnovers. He is also second on the list for try assists and tackles. Surely he has one more year left in the tank.
Team of the round:
L Williams (WAL); A Trimble (IRE), J Davies (WAL), J Roberts (WAL); J Nowell (ENG); O Farrell (ENG), C Murray (IRE); C Healy (IRE), K Owens (WAL), M Ross (SCO), P O’Connel (IRE), C Lawes (ENG), P O’Mahoney (IRE), S Warburton (WAL), J Heaslip (IRE)
Team of the Championship :
M Brown (ENG); A Trimble (IRE), B O’Driscoll (IRE), J Roberts (WAL), Y Huget (FRA); J Sexton (IRE), D Care (ENG); C Healy (IRE), D Hartley (ENG), M Ross (IRE), J Launchbury (ENG), C Lawes (ENG), P O’Mahoney (IRE), S Warburton (WAL), B Vunipola (ENG)