The opening round of the Six Nations did not disappoint with some thrilling team and individual efforts on display.
Wales threw down a strong challenge to the rest of the competition with a crushing victory over Italy, Ireland weathered the efforts of a spirited Scottish showing to grind out a seven-point win and the major upset of the weekend was France's hard-fought victory over the English.
The statistics from this round give insight into powerful performances from players across the board.
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Scotland's Jonny Gray and South African-born French lock Bernard Le Roux were on fine defensive form, topping the tackle count with 22 each.
Amongst the backs, Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) and Jordan Lamour (Ireland) racked up 107 and 138 running metres respectively. In the forwards, James Ryan, CJ Stander and Tom Curry tested defences with 14 carries each.
Stuart Hogg attacked with his usual flair, managing to round 8 defenders while Antoine Dupont and Jonny May each beat 7.
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Jake Polledri impressed at the breakdown, winning 4 turnovers, a stand-out player in a struggling Italian side. Maro Itoje was aslo active on the ground, securing 3 turnovers for England.
Tomos Williams got his season off to a good start, exhibiting deft footwork to pull off 4 clean breaks through Italy's defence, closely followed by Jonny May with 3.
If the standard of Round 1 is anything to go by, fans can look forward to a stellar competition as the Northern Hemisphere teams have, largely, hit the ground running, helped in no small way by quality contributions from a wide range of players.