Scarlets’ Hadleigh Parkes left BT Murrayfield bloodied and bruised but not before he had played an integral role in Wales’ 18-11 victory over Scotland to keep his side on course for the Grand Slam.
Parkes was crowned Guinness Man of the Match for his efforts and so too was Leinster’s James Ryan, as he put on a bullocking display in Ireland’s 26-14 victory over France.
Meanwhile Benetton’s Tommaso Allan and Luca Morisi both scored tries as Italy battled in vain against a rampant England side, ultimately losing 57-14 at Twickenham.
Hadleigh Parkes wasn’t the only Scarlets player to step up to the plate for Wales on Saturday either.
Jonathan Davies had a big hand is setting up Josh Adams for Wales’ first try when he played the two-on-one perfectly and put Adams away to give his side the lead
And he was rewarded for his generosity with a try of his own on after Wales went through the phases in the Scottish 22, he eventually received the ball in hand and smashed his way over the line.
Edinburgh’s Darcy Graham did get a try back for Scotland to set up a nervy finish but Cardiff Blues’ Gareth Anscombe’s contribution with the boot made sure that the hosts remained at arm’s length as the clock ticked down.
A brilliant try from the Scarlet @JonFoxDavies 👏🏼👏🏼
Cais wych gan Jon Foxy i roi Cymru ar y blaen i mewn i’r ail hanner 👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/02Q24HcWE3
— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) March 9, 2019
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James Ryan’s mammoth performance and monstrous first-half hit on Antoine Dupont will feature in the highlight reel but the game will likely be remembered as Rory Best’s last home Guinness Six Nations appearance.
And Ulster’s Best marked it with a try in the first three minutes of the match, crashing over from a five-metre lineout following some great kicking from Leinster’s Jordan Larmour.
And Larmour’s provincial teammate and Irish talisman Sexton soon arrived at the party shortly afterwards, booting the conversion and then converting his own try on the half-hour mark to put Ireland in command.
And after Leinster’s Jack Conan added a third, Keith Earls raced over the line to score his 30th international try and ensure that Munster had some Guinness PRO14 representation on the scoresheet.
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) March 11, 2019
Italy fans might find it hard to pick positives out of their defeat at the hands of a well-oiled England side at Twickenham.
But Benetton supporters might have a little more joy as both of the Italy try scorers wear the Treviso badge.
Italy were in touch with Eddie Jones’ men to begin with and Tommaso Allan managed to level the scores up at 7-7 when he slipped through the English defence and held off Ben Youngs to dot down and convert.
England then took control of the game and tries rained down on Italy but there was room for one more Benetton celebration when Luca Morisi went over in the corner for Allan to convert once more.