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3. Davey Wilson
Wilson did not have the best night with his hands, but you don’t pick a tight head prop to play like Brian O’Driscoll. Wilson deserves his place here for the destructive scrummaging he imposed upon the All Blacks’ World Cup-winning loose head Tony Woodcock. The Bath man wrecked the home side’s scrum time after time.
2. Rob Webber
Webber had a fantastic game at hooker and has provided England with more depth at hooker than they imagined. Dylan Hartley may well reappear next week to bring his greater experience into the side, but Webber’s work at the lineout and in the loose was exceptional.
1. Jack McGrath
Ireland seem to have unearthed another world-class loose head in McGrath. He was outstanding against the Pumas on Saturday, but has prompted the Irish Independent’s Tony Ward to call for him to be converted into a No. 3:
The case for Jack McGrath is well proven. In 12 months he has gone from rookie front-rower to arguably now being our second most effective all-round prop.
I bow to the professionalism of Greg Feek and other scrum technicians of that ilk, but if there is any way that the Leinster man can be developed into a temporary tighthead, then it is a route well worth exploring. It just seems such a waste having our two best props fighting for one place, with one restricted to cameo roles off the bench.