The opening round of the Six Nations produced some thrilling rugby, with standout performances from players across the tournament. England's George Ford leads the way in terms of points after scoring 17 in his team's narrow win against Italy. With his team's style of play and the absence of Marcus Smith, Ford is expected to extend his points lead against Wales. Other top point scorers include Jack Crowley of Ireland, Tommasso Allan of Italy, Finn Russell of Scotland, and Duhan van der Merwe of Scotland. Van der Merwe also leads the way in tries, having scored a brace against Wales. Finn Russell tops the list for try assists, Ben Earl of England for carries, Michele Lamaro of Italy for tackles, and Tommy Reffell of Wales for breakdown steals.