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Six Nations team of the weekend: Duhan the destroyer among six Scots

Duhan van der Merwe scoring a try for Scotland against England
Duhan van der Merwe was Scotland's outstanding player against England - Shutterstock/Robert Perry

High drama at Murrayfield and in Lille this weekend in the Six Nations with some thrilling finishes, while Ireland remain imperious at the top of the table.

See which players made the cut for our latest Six Nations team of the week.

15. Cameron Winnett (Wales)

Ciaran Frawley had an assured first start but Winnett continues to look so calm despite this being so early into his professional career. Some brilliant catches and footwork in Dublin.

14. Tommaso Menoncello (Italy)

Among all the young talents Italy currently have, the 21-year-old might be the most exciting. Better on the wing but his offloading game also stood out.

13. Huw Jones (Scotland)

Two key passes for Scotland tries, hitting his line perfectly to create the first score. Loves playing England, doesn’t he? Robbie Henshaw was great too, bar one unfortunate knock-on to rule out a try, and Juan Ignacio Brex is relentless.

12. Bundee Aki (Ireland)

So important for Ireland. Deserved a try in Dublin (he had one ruled out) but did everything else so well, from crashing up in attack to winning turnovers. Fantastic player.

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso made some impact and now has to start for England, but you already knew who was going here. Ruthless finisher, burning Ben Earl for a spectacular second, who now has Scotland’s all-time tries record in his sights.

10. Finn Russell (Scotland)

We are seeing a different Russell in this championship with far more control, but he can still cut you to shreds as we saw with the kick to set up Van der Merwe’s hat-trick score.

Finn Russell of Scotland carries the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield
Finn Russell with the Calcutta Cup after Scotland put England to the sword - Getty Images/David Rogers

9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Ireland)

Quietly ran the show brilliantly in Dublin and when he snipes defences become jittery. So accurate with his box-kicks and helps Jack Crowley to settle.

1. Andrew Porter (Ireland)

An audit probably needs to be carried out on his scrummaging angle but there is no lack of power there, which combined with Porter’s strong jackaling ability makes him some player.

2. Giacomo Nicotera (Italy)

Worked tirelessly in that Lille battle, racking up the tackles when Italy were under the pump early on - he finished with 16 tackles - and carrying with great purpose. Italy also won 14 out of 15 lineouts.

3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

No quibbles about his scrummaging power. The reason Furlong is respected by supporters from every nation is his consistency. Only the one spectacular offload this time.

Tadhg Furlong is tackled during Ireland's victory over Wales
Tadhg Furlong was at the heart of a dominant Ireland - Getty Images/Charles McQuillan

4. Scott Cummings (Scotland)

Lots to like, including his quality lineout steal in the build-up to Scotland’s third try, some sharp handling skills and 15 tackles. His team-mate Grant Gilchrist also put in an excellent shift.

5. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

There was so much to like about Posolo Tuilagi’s first France start, with the power he added to the scrum and the way he bounced off tacklers. But even a yellow card couldn’t keep Beirne out, scoring late on and disrupting Wales’ maul.

6. Ross Vintcent (Italy)

Some impact off the bench from Ryan Baird for Ireland, galloping free into space on multiple occasions. But Vintcent, the Exeter back-row, was hugely impressive on his first start, making great ground with his carries and finishing with 18 tackles.

7. Rory Darge (Scotland)

Nods here for Tommy Reffell - having a great championship - and Italy’s Michele Lamaro. But Darge is the pick having once again been so physical in defence and attack for Scotland, adding 15 tackles and pestering England at the breakdown.

8. Jack Dempsey (Scotland)

Some back-row depth that Scotland have, thinking about Andy Christie’s impact from the bench, and Dempsey was absolutely everywhere at Murrayfield. Carried effectively and produced a crucial choke tackle on Maro Itoje. Caelan Doris, as ever, was excellent for Ireland.

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