SHIT/GOOD™ Ratings: RBS 6 Nations, round one
Our stab at who's worth your time and who's worth a kicking after the weekend. Don't forget to add your nominations in the comments, or I'll send
Phil Dowson - After wanting him in a white shirt for so long, it hurts a great deal to have him in this section, but it cannot be denied that he was poor and outplayed by a child (see below). Ben Morgan will likely start against Italy.
Scotland line-breakers - If any one of them would have made a single decision that was the correct side of "why the fuck did you do that?" then Scotland would have run out very comfortable winners.
Sean O'Brien - He justifies his 7 shirt thus; lack of fetching skills offset by carrying the ball like an angry rhinocerous who's just received a tax bill. He's maintaining the former but failing in the latter.
Ben Youngs - All at sea at the minute, and while this blog still believes that he still has an enormous future, he needs to be left out for a bit to get some form and confidence back.
Mouritz Botha - It was a weekend when people with comical hair impressed greatly, and the erstwhile Saffer was among the best of them. Carried and hit hard, and will cause some selection headaches when Lawes is fit again. Could England select both?
George North - Let's just remind ourselves again that this lad is 19. His basics are fantastic, when he carries the ball he is fearsome - as Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney will testify, and that offload for the second Davies try showed a sublime level of skill and composure. NINETEEN!
Warren Gatland - Completely took the wind out of Sonia McLoughlin's journalistic sails by replying "yes" when asked if Bradley Davies should have had a red card. Honestly like this from coaches is what every sport needs.
Luke McLean - On a day when Italy's pack did the decent job we all expect, the beardy winger was the only back to really show any kind of adventure or flair.
Louis Picamoles - If you're going to drop big Imanol, you'd best make sure whoever comes in is bloody good. He was.
David Denton - Has civil servant's name and looks like an extra from Fast Times At Ridgemont High, but my word he can play, eh?
Conor Murray - Ireland's young scrum-half was lively all game.
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