With round 2 of the 2014 Autumn International series over we take a look at the stand-out performers and select our team of the week;
Despite all of his recent injury troubles Jones looked like a top class 15 for Ireland this weekend. Georgia’s back’s may not have provided the sternest of tests but two tries and a solid all-round showing put Jones in the side.
It seems Seymour is always thinking at least one step ahead of the opposition as once again he ran in an intercept try, this time against the All Blacks to cap off another solid showing for Scotland.
The giant Fijian back scored a try for his side and kicked the points as Fiji ran Wales close at the Millennium Stadium. If this performance is anything to go by Group A will be very interesting at the World Cup.
Fofana had another good outing in a French shirt this weekend as he helped his side to a solid victory over the Wallabies. It seems he is finally beginning to translate his club form onto the international stage.
Thomas scored his fourth try in two tests against the Wallabies and despite a shaky start looked at ease on the international stage as he brought a great deal of enthusiasm to a side that had previously lacked in this area.
Madigan looked completely at home in the 10 shirt for Ireland as he dictated play and made line breaks all evening. After this performance he can’t be too far off a start next weekend, even if it is at inside centre.
Reinhart’s international debut began in slightly shaky fashion, however he soon settled into the game and looked dangerous throughout for the Springboks and caused England all kinds of problems.
Vito took his chance in an All Blacks shirt well providing good momentum for his side which included powering his way over the line for the opening try of the game.
Burger proved that age is no issue for him as he wound back the years to give England’s back row a lesson in how to rule the breakdown. A menace throughout who ended up with the man of the match award.
Coetzee is fast becoming a key man for the Springboks as he continues to carry well and make life difficult for the opposition at the breakdown.
Foley earned the man of the match award on his international debut for Ireland as he valiantly battled with a powerful Georgian pack who had experience on their side.
Etzebeth once again proved why he is one of the very best second rows in world rugby after a battling display that belied his age. Etzebeth was a menace throughout, particularly at the breakdown as he shone for the Boks.
The experienced Georgian prop was the cornerstone of a pack that outshone their Irish counterparts for large parts of the game as he ensured his side had a platform to build off.
Guirado had another solid showing in the French number two shirt as he looks to establish himself as his sides first choice hooker going into next year’s World Cup.
Kilcoyne was solid in the tight and showed an impressive turn of pace in the loose as he ran in a try for Ireland that helped kick start their performance against Georgia
Who would make your team of the week?