Skysports.com rugby union writer Tony Curtis names his Lions XV based on the second weekend of the autumn internationals
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 19/11/12 1:24pm
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the home unions were left licking their wounds once again after a miserable weekend.
England missed the chance to topple Australia, Scotland gave South Africa too much of a head start at Murrayfield and Samoa once again completed a smash and grab raid on Wales in Cardiff.
Only Ireland offered any hope, with their XV accounting for an overmatched Fijians line-up - however that was unlikely to get hearts racing among British and Irish fans ahead of the summer's tour to Australia.
And following the weekend's action, Skysports.com's rugby union writer Tony Curtis names his Lions XV based on who shone in those four Tests...
Each week after the Heineken Cup the Sky Sports experts will rate every player eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions and pull together a starting XV. Find out who impressed after round two...n
15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
The pick of a sorry bunch from the Welsh debacle in Cardiff, Halfpenny showed a real willingness in attack. Weighed in with 14 points from the boot and remained composed despite a couple of big hits.
14 Craig Gilroy (Ireland)
Undoubtedly the man of the match in Ireland's romp following his hat-trick. Showed his lightning pace - particularly with his 80m breakaway try - but also looked comfortable under the high ball and solid in defence.
13 Nick De Luca (Scotland)
Just shaded midfield partner Matt Scott into the side. Stood up to the physical challenge in defence and did his best to try and unlock the Springbok back division. Was unlucky not to have scored in the corner late on.
12 Luke Marshall (Ireland)
The 21-year-old took his chance to shine at Thomond Park and looks to be a future star for Ireland. The Ulsterman kept Ireland on the front foot throughout, while he had a hand in two tries and scored one himself.
11 Fergus McFadden (Ireland)
Like Marshall, McFadden made the most of his opportunities in a new-look Ireland side. Showed his power to score two tries while he helped keep the flying Fijians at bay.
10 Toby Flood (England)
The hardest selection this week and for all the wrong reasons. None of the home union No 10s really stood out and Flood just - and I mean just - gets the nod. Flood desperately tried to get England's back division moving forward and should not be blamed by the decisions to spurn kickable chances in favour of pushing for a try.
9 Henry Pyrgos (Scotland)
The No 9 breathed life into Scotland's challenge after coming off the bench against South Africa. Scored a try after replacing Mike Blair and injected pace to Scotland's play.
1 Mako Vunipola (England)
Big things are expected from the Saracens prop and he did his chances of a start against South Africa the power of good with an eye-catching appearance off the bench. England's scrum looked a more potent weapon with him there.
2 Sean Cronin (Ireland)
Produced the sort of performance that will have Declan Kidney seriously considering his hooking options for the forthcoming clash with Argentina. Did everything expected of him and weighed in with a try.
3 Euan Murray (Scotland)
There is nothing Murray seems to enjoy more is a good old fashioned scrum. He quickly put Gurthro Steenkamp in his place and always put in the hard yards in the loose.
4 Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland)
Threw down a timely reminder ahead of the forthcoming clash with Argentina. Faultless in the lineout and made some good yardage with the ball in hand.
5 Luke Charteris (Wales)
His 40-minute cameo should be enough to see him return to the starting XV to tackle the All Blacks. With Ian Evans and Bradley Davies both struggling, Charteris improved the lineout possession in the second half, while he is an impressive presence in defence.
6 Kelly Brown (Scotland)
The captain led from the front, with the Scotland back-row as a whole working well in unison. Brown tackled hard and had a hand in Pyrgos' try.
7 John Muldoon (Ireland)
Put in a solid shift for Ireland despite preferring life on the blindside. He spoiled and disrupted Fiji at the breakdown - but his night was cut short by a nasty injury.
8 Dave Denton (Scotland)
The only player to retain his spot in our line-up as he picked up from where he left off against New Zealand. Seems to have rediscovered his form and his physical presence means he naturally draws in defenders.