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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 15:53 GMT
Williams tops Six Nations poll
Wales flanker Martyn Williams has edged out the competition to get your vote for the Six Nations Player of the Weekend.

Williams, who was only re-called to the Welsh squad because of an injury to Colin Charvis, performed superbly in Rome to help his side to a 38-8 win.

He grabbed 20% of the 4000 votes, ahead of Ireland's Paul O'Connell and Shane Williams of Wales (both 19%).

French hero Dmitri Yachvili finished in fourth place with 15%.


Arguably a second Man of the Match performance in as many weeks. True, in Wales' encounter with England, Henson's nerve and presence won him the plaudits, but this week Martyn Williams stands alone. His skills will be essential if Wales are to extend their winning run in Paris.
Paul White, Wales

Tackled everything all game and Wales' most important player at present.
Ashley Waldron, Wales

Intelligent back-row play, you don't have to be a behemoth to play in the forwards. Does anybody remember Jean-Pierre Rives? Need I say more?
Clive Morgan, England

Martyn has put recent selection disappointment behind him, and has once again proved himself to be the number one open-side in European rugby at present. A definite for the Lions Tour on current form.
Jeff Fuge, England

He was everywhere, some of his work on the floor reminded me of Neil Back at his horrible best (if only England had a player like that at the minute). He slowed down their ball and speeded up his own allowing the team to get the ball where they wanted.
Neil Mckie, England

Great all-round performance, and SO sharp to jam the ball into the base of the post to score his try.
Dan O'Keeffe, France

For the second week in a row Martyn Williams had an outstanding game. There are not many players who are on top of their game like him. British Lions starting spot in the back row is a possibility.
Francis Barbuti, England

A marauding animal in the loose and a powerhouse in the tight... as Jonathon Davies said, probably the best player in the world at the moment.
Amer Hussain, Wales

Perpetual motion! The geezer never stops; running, tackling, offloading, linking... What more do you want from an open-side?
RH, Wales

Other comments:

Awesome performance up front against the Scots from Paul O'Connell, definitely in the starting 15 for the lions.
Enda Fitzpatrick, Ireland

A great captain's performance from O'Connell - kept the players calm when behind after 20 minutes. Led from the front, pinched some line-out ball (against a very strong Scottish line-out) and even got on the score sheet with a very powerful try. Lions material.
Emmet, Ireland

O'Connell's best day in green. A credit to his team and his country.
Kieran Griffin, Ireland

Absolutely outstanding the weekend, in conditions that made for men to stand up and be counted.
Willie Kiely, Ireland

O'Connell replaced Captain Brian O'Driscoll superbly, and managed to guide a weakened Ireland to a victory in Murrayfield, by leading through example and commanding the Irish Forwards brilliantly.
Ciaran O'Kane, England

O'Connell is an awesome physical specimen, surely the only man fit to step into Martin Johnson's boots come Lions time!
Oliver Rees-Jones, Wales

Malcolm O'Kelly booked himself a place in the lions with the best performance by any of the forwards and was deservedly man of the match!
Tim Jones, England

Dmitri Yachvili made penalties count when it mattered, under pressure. Classy kicking that allowed a woeful French outfit a win, despite being, for the most part, outplayed.
Tony Hart, England

Yachvili single-handedly took advantage of England's poor discipline and inconsistent kicking to steal a game where France had very little attacking threat.
Richard Mander, UK




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