Most of the games have had some controversy attached to them either created by the players or the match officials, providing many talking points for fans to debate and react to.
The luckiest team so far without doubt are Wales, who have had an opposition player sent off for dubious reasons in both of their games. This has given them two wins from two performances, much against the run of play and to the delight of the Welsh fans, who, after recent results, were expecting their team to be propping up the bottom of the table with Italy.
The two players sent off, Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Scotland’s Zander Fagerson, can both genuinely feel very unlucky as they seem to have been singled out for an offence that happens at almost every breakdown in every game.
In all games now there are a number of ‘clear-outs’ where an opponent attempting to steal the ball is targeted by a single player who runs from a distance to smash into him in an attempt to stop a turnover.
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