Fantasy Lions

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Mainly because I’m a fantasy sports geek I thought I’d have a quick look to see which British and Irish players scored the points in ESPN’S Fantasy 6 Nations competition, by position.  Points were scored for full appearances, part appearances, appearances as a substitute, try scoring, assists, successful goal kicking and being awarded Man of the Match (which is always a fickle business) and points were lost for yellow and red cards.  Obviously fantasy points will have no bearing on selection for the Lions, but there are still a few interesting selections and talking points thrown up.

15. Leigh Halfpenny (seriously, this bloke gets everywhere, goal kicking helped, but he made 5 full appearances, scored 1 try and won Man of the Match twice)

14. Alex Cuthbert (4 tries in 5 games)

13. Brian O’Driscoll (1 try, 1 assist and a Man of the Match counter balanced his yellow card)

12. Matt Scott (1 try and 1 assist in his 5 full appearances for the 22 year old Scot)

11. Sean Maitland & Tim Visser (both amassed 25 points. Maitland with 4 full appearances, 1 part appearance, 2 assists and 1 try. Visser with 5 full appearances and 2 tries)

10. Owen Farrell (technically Greg Laidlaw was ESPN’s highest scoring “Fly Half”, but he played Scrum Half for Scotland all tournament)

9. Greg Laidlaw (Conor Murray was the highest scoring number 9, but Laidlaw’s goal kicking gave him the advantage)

8. Jamie Heaslip (5 full appearances and 1 try)

7. Justin Tipuric (3 full appearances, 2 substitute appearances, 1 assist and 1 Man of the Match)

6. Chris Robshaw (5 full appearances and 2 Man of the Match displays)

5. Geoff Parling (4 full appearances, 1 part appearance and 1 try)

4. Jim Hamilton (2 full appearances, 3 part appearances and a Man of the Match display)

3. Mike Ross & Ryan Grant (both scored 12 points. Ross with 2 full appearances and 3 part appearances and Grant with 3 full appearances, 2 part appearances and a yellow card)

2. Richard Hibbard (4 part appearances and 1try)

1. Cian Healy (1 full appearance, 3 part appearances and 1 try)

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