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Round 2 of the Women’s Six Nations saw England and Ireland celebrate excellent victories and two players from each side are up for Player of the Round honours.

England kept their title defence on course, booking a final berth courtesy of a 67-3 victory over Italy, while Ireland began their Championship on a high by running in seven tries against Wales.

Narrowing the Player of the Round nominees down to four was a tough task and who claims the ultimate prize is down to you, the fans.

And in case you need to jog your memory, here’s a reminder of how this week’s contenders fared…

Meg Jones (England)

Awarded her first start of the 2021 Championship, Jones seized her opportunity with both hands over the course of a Player of the Match display.

The inside centre played a key role in England’s second try, capitalising on a spilled Italian pass to surge from the halfway line to five metres out before keeping her composure and finding Vicky Fleetwood to dot down.

It was one of several eye-catching runs by the 24-year-old, who made 140 metres from her 11 carries in all, breaking nine tackles in the process.

She also kicked intelligently and made seven tackles to stake a claim for a starting berth in the final.

Hannah Tyrrell (Ireland)

This weekend could have looked very different for Tyrrell, who was due to get married on April 9 only to see her wedding postponed by the pandemic.

Instead she was the master of ceremonies at Cardiff Arms Park, pulling the strings from fly-half as Adam Griggs’ side got their Pool B campaign off to a flyer.

Tyrrell’s perfectly-weighted cross-field kick set up Beibhinn Parsons’ second try and she deservedly got in on the act herself late on, bursting through the Welsh defence to score the last of her side’s seven tries.

The 30-year-old converted five of those tries on a successful afternoon with the boot and will hope to play a similarly influential role in next weekend’s crunch clash with France.

Abby Dow (England)

Another player to make her first appearance of this season’s Championship count, Dow’s quickfire second-half double sandwiched a blistering spell of four tries in seven minutes which put the result beyond doubt in Parma.

Two contrasting finishes brought the 23-year-old her scores. The first was a poacher’s effort from five metres out after quick thinking by Leanne Riley to utilise the blindside, the second an example of Dow’s express pace as she raced in from halfway following quick hands by the Red Roses.

The Wasps star was a constant threat for Simon Middleton’s side, gaining 134 metres and breaking six tackles in her 11 carries, and the cutting edge she provided helped England pull clear after a tight first half.

Dow’s second try is among those nominated for the Try of Round 2 – check out the contenders and place your vote here.

Beibhinn Parsons (Ireland)

From one flying winger to another. Like Dow, Parsons crossed twice in a convincing victory and showed the pace and predatory instincts which make the 19-year-old such an exciting prospect for Ireland.

Parsons’ first – also a Try of Round 2 nominee – showcased her devastating speed as she collected possession on her own 10-metre line, charged through two attempted tacklers and cut inside to finish a superb individual score under the posts.

The winger was later on hand to collect Tyrrell’s kick and double her tally while Parsons made more metres (173) and broke through more tackles (13) than any other player across the weekend.

Next Saturday could see Parsons up against France’s hat-trick hero from Round 1, Caroline Boujard – a contest not to be missed.

 

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