Staff writer DYLAN JACK selects a team of individuals who have been impressive in the first two rounds of the World Cup.
15 Kenki Fukuoka (Japan)
If the World Cup was based on moments, his would probably win it. Came off the bench to score the winner against Ireland.
14 Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)
Though he has yet to get on the scoresheet, his performance against the All Blacks probably deserved a try as he was the only Springbok back who the New Zealanders struggled to contain. Given a break in the win over Namibia.
13 Manu Tuilagi (England)
Talk about a player who has revived his career. Tuilagi is bound to be a handful for even the tier-one nations to contain.
12 Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
The workaholic centre scored an excellent try in Wales’ narrow win over Australia. Not the flashiest player, but always makes metres and is a machine on defence.
11 Joe Cokanasiga (England)
England’s try-scoring machine keeps on going. His ability is far above his experience and he will play a crucial part in England’s campaign going forward.
10 Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand)
Only played one game in the two rounds but was still incredibly efficient against the Springboks. His cross-field kicks kept the Boks on their toes throughout the match.
9 Santiago Arata (Uruguay)
An Energiser bunny of a scrumhalf, Arata was excellent in the 60 minutes in Uruguay’s upset against Fiji. Scored a try and constantly sniped around the rucks.
8 Billy Vunipola (England)
England’s go-to man in their forward pack was risked in their wins against Tonga and the USA, but he was a large factor in their domination of those games.
7 Lappies Labuschagne (Japan)
A man who exudes passion for his adopted country. Labuschagne has led from the front, even when he has not worn the armband. He played a major role in shutting down Ireland’s forwards in the win.
6 Peceli Yato (Fiji)
He only managed just over 20 minutes against Australia, but he was so prevalent in that time that he deserves his place in the team. Not only scored a try, but was bulldozing with the ball in hand and made some massive hits to boot. Fiji felt his absence when he was forced off the field.
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Wales’ captain made his 130th Test appearance against the Wallabies and capped it off with a fine outing, making 25 tackles and missing only three, while also winning a couple of turnovers.
4 James Ryan (Ireland)
An excellent performance in the tight loose against Scotland. Scored a try and was a menace at the lineouts.
3 Kyle Sinckler (England)
An underrrated part of England’s success. One of the most effective tighthead props in the tournament with ball in hand.
2 Julian Montoya (Argentina)/Shota Horie (Japan)
This one was difficult to chose, so will go for both Montoya and Horie. Montoya has started the campaign well, outshining former captain Agustin Creevy and became the first hooker to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. Meanwhile, Horie was Man of the Match in Japan’s win over Ireland and also enjoyed a solid outing in the opener against Russia.
1 Jefferson Poirot (France)
Another who only played one match in the first couple of rounds, but was solid in the scrum and tackle area.
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