1. Cian Healy, Ireland
A most memorable dash into enemy opposition was the highlight of Cian Healy's good work against Scotland, but there was so much more base to the Leinster man's performance.
There was no holding Healy back in the scrum and a carrying tally of 35 yards is balanced out by a total of seven successful tackles.
2. Richard Hibbard, Wales
Another international week for the Ospreys figure, another chance to show exactly why his rise to Welsh prominence has been something of a marvel in recent years.
The blond bombshell might have been mistaken for a centre at times, such was the tenacity with which Richard Hibbard was looking to carry in the loose, not to mention making an impressive 10 tackles.
3. Nicolas Mas, France
There's a lot to be said for experience in high-profile fixtures such as these and Nicolas Mas' wisdom rose to the fore against England.
Joe Marler had a tough day's work ahead of him thanks to the veteran, while Mas doesn't appear bothered one jot about the new scrum laws, screwing the English pack with relative ease at times.
4. Courtney Lawes, England
England's forwards may have came up short in the scrum battle, but it was at the line-out that Stuart Lancaster's side did manage to strike up fiercer competition, with Courtney Lawes at its heart.
The Northampton Saints man is becoming one of his national team's more long-term staples and showed it with a physical, commanding display, which included 10 tackles and 29 carrying metres.
5. Alun-Wyn Jones, Wales
Sam Warburton's absence in the captaincy was hardly missed as Alun-Wyn Jones stepped back into leader duties for the visit of Italy.
And it showed, too, as the lock spearheaded the hosts' pack, collecting a heap of ball from the line-out, carrying frequently and putting up a fierce wall in defence, making seven tackles in all.