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Vote for your Player of the Round from Round 3!

Vote for your Player of the Round from Round 3!

Vote for your Player of the Round from Round 3!

Another fascinating weekend of Autumn Nations Cup action saw the group stage come to an end, as we now know the match-ups for Finals Weekend.

England beat Wales and France triumphed against Italy to top Group A and Group B respectively, meaning the latest instalment of Le Crunch will have silverware on the line at Twickenham next Sunday.

Ireland finished off Round 3 with a battling win over Georgia in Dublin, as the Lelos showed further improvements from Rounds 1 and 2, and all three games shad impressive individual performances.

We’ve whittled the field down to four and now it is up to you, the fans, to decide who will be named Player of the Round for Round 3.

Sam Underhill impressed for England in their decisive victory in Llanelli but Wales centre Johnny Williams also shone in defeat to earn a Player of the Round nomination.

Full-back Brice Dulin was the standout performer in France’s victory over Italy, while Georgia centre Giorgi Kveseladze scored a brilliant try despite the Lelos going down to Ireland and rounds out the quartet.

You can have your say on who deserves the Player of the Round gong for Round 3 in the poll at the bottom of the page but first, a reminder what the four men accomplished over the weekend.

Sam Underhill – England 

A force around the field for 80 minutes in England’s 24-13 victory at Parc y Scarlets, Sam Underhill was deservedly named as Player of the Match following a storming display.

Making 59 metres on eight tough carries, he gave England forward momentum with every one of those and often kept the play alive with an offload following any half-breaks, as he did to almost send Kyle Sinckler over in the first half.

As usual, the flanker was also a force at the breakdown – constantly disrupting Welsh ball, as demonstrated by a picture-perfect turnover of James Botham in England territory at one point, and he is fast becoming one of the best No.7s in world rugby.

Johnny Williams – Wales 

On the other side of the field, Johnny Williams may not have left with a victory but he did score a try and provide a constant menace from the Welsh midfield.

His score came on ten minutes when Dan Biggar charged down a Henry Slade kick and reached the loose ball first, kicking ahead for Williams, who punted again and pounced on the ball for a try.

The centre also provided a constant carrying option for the hosts, as well as beating a couple of defenders with his probing runs and passing every defensive test with flying colours.

Brice Dulin – France 

Quotas limiting the number of autumn international appearances France players are permitted to make meant a much-changed, very inexperienced Les Bleus team took on Italy but, as one of the veterans, Brice Dulin led by example.

He ate up the metres with consistently scintillating carries – notching a remarkable 128 metres from 12 totes, as well as breaking three tackles and completing an offload.

One of his breaks ended with him fizzing a pass out to winger Teddy Thomas, who ran in for the score, and that assist was no more than the No.15 deserved for an electric performance.

Giorgi Kveseladze – Georgia 

Georgia may not have notched a surprise win in Dublin but Giorgi Kveseladze did grab their first points of the Autumn Nations Cup in some style, with a brilliant solo score.

The centre picked up the ball on halfway, threw a couple of dummies and brushed off a series of would-be tacklers as he weaved his way through scrambling Irish defenders all the way to the line.

That helped him to a team-high 59 metres with ball in hand, while he also made an incredible 17 tackles, including a bone-crunching hit on CJ Stander which sent the Ireland No.8 reeling backwards, to demonstrate his defensive prowess.

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