Alan Quinlan selects his #TopMoment from Round Three
28 February 2017 13:33pm
By Paul Eddison
Alan Quinlan won 27 caps for Ireland
Here is Alan Quinlan's favourite #TopMoment of the first Round posted by the fans of the RBS 6 Nations:
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Tissot, Official Timekeeper of the RBS 6 Nations, has invited some rugby experts and legends to share their views on the games and the teams throughout the Championship. For the third round, former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan shares his selection of #TopMoments.
It is now your turn to vote for the official #TopMoment of Round #3.
The RBS 6 Nations returned with a bang in round three as Scotland, Ireland and England took major steps towards title contention with victories.
Scotland kicked things off with a 29-13 win over Wales - their first success in the fixture in a decade - before Ireland marked their return to Dublin with a 19-9 win over France.
Then on Sunday England overcame a difficult first half to beat Italy 36-15, running in six tries in all at Twickenham.
This is what Quinlan made of the round, picking out his Tissot #TopMoment from each game:
Scotland v Wales - Stuart Hogg's flicked pass to Tim Visser for the second Scotland try?
I actually thought Wales were very intense in the first half but Scotland have real belief and confidence now which helped them come back.
They played with great width and having started with a fine win over Ireland this looks like being a really positive RBS 6 Nations for them.
If you look at their performances in November and Glasgow Warriors in Europe they have a lot of quality players and are starting find their feet.
And in Stuart Hogg they have a player who every time he touches the ball, he frightens the opposition.
The Tim Visser try was my #TopMoment of the game in Edinburgh, and more particularly Hogg's flick pass on.
He knew how much time he had and was able to get rid of the ball straight to Visser to go over. That was a crucial moment in the match and took it away from Wales.
Ireland v France - Johnny Sexton's drop goal
I think the expectations for Ireland to get a big result against France were crazy but off the back of the wins over New Zealand and Australia I think people thought they would get a big win over France.
Sometimes you have to work really hard, especially against a physical France side and I think Ireland stood up well and took away their space which was really important.
They managed the game really well with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, and it was a huge boost to have him back in the team.
Sexton is a real presence and a leader in the team as one of the senior players and he brings great experience.
My #TopMoment was his drop goal in the second half which was a superb strike and it was just so impressive to come back in after such a long time and produce a performance like that.
He really got stuck in to the physical side of things and even if he was blowing at the end, he had a great game.
England v Italy - Giovanbattista Venditti's celebration after scoring before half-time
I thought Italy produced a much better performance at Twickenham than they had in Rome.
I know there has been some criticism for their tactics at the ruck and it's not something I want to see too much because it stops the flow of the game.
But I thought it was interesting how England struggled to adapt and that will be a concern for them.
They looked very good in the second half though and I think they're still only in about third gear. I expect them to be even more of a threat with Billy Vunipola to potentially come back in for the next two games.
Without disrespecting England though, my #TopMoment was Giovanbattista Venditti's try just before half-time and his reaction. It was great to see that passion, and Italy played very well for large parts so it was reward for that to lead at half-time.
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