Although European onlookers will undoubtedly demand more in order to satiate their entertainment needs, the opening round of this year's Six Nations got off to a bang in the try-scoring department.
Altogether, our six giants raced in for a first-week tally of 12 scores, only one of which was grabbed by a forward, surprisingly enough, with Ireland's Jamie Heaslip clinching bragging rights there.
As we make our way toward the second round of matchups, now is our last chance to savour the race for top scorer in its current state, examining how strong the early leaders' claims may be for finishing on top of the pile.
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Jacques Brunel couldn't have hoped for a much finer individual performance from Michele Campagnaro at the Millennium Stadium last week, his 20-year-old centre managing a brace of tries in what was just his third international cap.
The threat of Wales' back-line strength was always going to be of concern to the Azzurri, but Campagnaro's outstanding breaks from deep—one of which was a breakaway intercept try from long range—certainly eased the burden.
OptaJonny was quick to disclose exactly how astounding Campagnaro's fine work was:
Given his lack of experience and the fact that coaches will be all the wiser regarding the threat posed by Italy's No. 13, the youngster's scoring success may not be maintained with quite the same momentum in the weeks to come.
What's more, the ranks of Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud will be a tough lock to pick at the Stade de France this Sunday (Feb. 9).
Yoann Huget matches Campagnaro at the top of the scoring leaderboard, having grabbed a pair of tries himself in Week One, albeit not in quite as impressive a fashion.
The French winger's prolific success was more a result of predatory instinct, pouncing on the slightest of English uncertainty deep in their own territory, but still a key part of any back's arsenal.
As long as Jules Plisson continues to prioritise quick ball and laying on chances for those out wide with his kicking, Huget's bound to get more chances at extending his scoring streak, the visit of Italy this weekend providing promising ammunition for the cause.
Coming into the competition, Alex Cuthbert was seen as the most likely figure to finish with top try-scorer honours running in his favour, and it's a hunt that got off to a good start in Cardiff last weekend.
The Cardiff Blues speedster raced through to capitalise on some poor defence from the Azzurri early on in their encounter, finishing the first weekend as one of eight players with a single score to their name.
Ireland managed to restrain the likes of Sean Lamont, Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland despite their best attempts in Dublin last week, and Wales' visiting hopefuls could come under the same defensive scrutiny.
That being said, Cuthbert's ability to find space, and make it himself should it be found missing on occasion, makes him a threat on the whitewash regardless of who's lined up opposite.
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