The season of awards just ended with a bang and now the curtain has come down on the highly celebrated 2017 Six Nations Championship. It’s time for end-of-tournament Six Nations awards.
So with the dust well and truly settled on the European extravaganza, let’s see what experts have their say on the moments that have left an indelible mark over the past seven weeks. It’s time to hand out the Welsh plaudits and brickbats in the 2017 Six Nations Championship….
Welsh player of the tournament: Ken Owens
Former coach Nick Mallett rarely gets things wrong. And when the ex-South Africa and Italy supremo had scrum-half Rhys Webb and hooker Ken Owens down on the official 12-strong shortlist for the Six Nations Player of the Championship award, you feel he’s got it spot on.
Best Welsh try scored: Liam Williams (v England)
A split vote between George North’s first try against Ireland in the 20th minute when the giant wing was on hand to finish off a peach of a try borne of a smart combination between Rhys Webb and Scott Williams.
Williams’ sortie off the left wing to dive close to the posts at the Principality Stadium was straight off the Welsh training paddock and showed Eddie Jones’ ironclad England defence can be prone to some metal fatigue now and again.
Worst Welsh moment: Elliot Daly’s try for England
Eddie Jones’ Red Rose found a way to win, as they so often have in their 18-match world record-equalling run, and it was a Welsh mistake from centre Jonathan Davies that helped hand them the 21-16 victory in Cardiff.
Biggest Welsh disappointment: Second half at Murrayfield
It could well have been that extra 20 minutes tagged onto the 80 in Paris but for sheer dejection it has to be the way Wales were blown away in the second period in Scotland.
If lessons were handed out how to press the self-destruct button then the second half in the Scottish capital provided a lifetime’s learning.
Most surprising moment: 100-minute match in Paris
But that’s what we got against Les Bleus and the fall-out from Wales’ dramatic defeat to France looks set to run and run after the Six Nations launched an investigation into the 20 minutes of added time.
Best atmosphere: Friday night against Ireland
In Six Nations championship with England coach Eddie Jones wanting the roof open for their match and Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt agreeing to its closure.
Whether he’ll do the same in 2019 is anyone’s guess after being on the wrong end of a 22-9 scoreline.