Story of the 6 Nations 2018 in Boots
March 20, 2018
The 6 Nations has come and gone for another year, with Ireland going unbeaten to claim the Grand Slam, and whilst we could sit here and talk about England’s failings in Edinburgh and Paris or whether Italy should continue in the competition, that’s not our style here at The Offload.
Instead we’re going to look at what boots caught the eye; from those worn by the tournament’s top tackler to our Player of the Tournament, there were an abundance on display over the last 6 weeks. The footwear of the forwards rarely gets much appreciation, so we’re going to start with them and more specifically, the top tacking boots of a certain Scottish lock.
After rejecting a big-money to Bristol in December, Jonny Gray continued to show his commitment to Scottish Rugby over the course of the 6 Nations. The Glasgow Warrior, laced up in a pair of adidas Kakari Light, successfully racked up a century of tackles over the course of the tournament, an average of 20 hits per game! Fair play to the first player to ever hit 3-figures in a single Championship.
CJ Stander’s name now sits at #1 and #2 on the ‘Most Carries in a Six Nations Tournament’ after taking the ball up on 96 occasions this year. Whilst it’s 8-times fewer than his 2017 effort, we can’t imagine Stander is overly bothered as he sits on his sofa shining his Six Nations winners medal. Anyway, another strong showing from the adidas Predator Malice Control man.
Top Points Scorer
The right Nike Magista Opus of Maxime Machenaud generated 50 points for the French, and also gave the scrum-half the Golden Boot award for 2018. Fourteen penalties and four conversations were where his points came from, however his tally was considerably lower to 67 that gave fellow Frenchman Camille Lopez the award 12 months ago.
Top Try Scorer
He’s only 10 games into his international career, but Jacob Stockdale is already one of the most feared finishers in the game after his try-scoring exploits over the last two months. Braces against Italy, Wales and Scotland, plus a fine solo effort at Twickenham, helped adidas Predator Flare wearer Stockdale break the record for the most tries in a single Championship.
The Offload’s Player of the Tournament
Whilst Stander and Stockdale both impressed, Conor Murray was the man pulling all the strings and is the Player of the Tournament here at The Offload. From the base he made 542 passes, with 4 of those assisting his teammates into crossing the try line. He wasn’t afraid to go himself though, making 32 carries and even grabbing a couple of tries. Despite new colourways being available, Murray stuck to the adidas Predator Malice Control boots that he acquired on the Lions tour last summer.