Alec Hepburn 5
Struggled at scrum-time and unable to influence proceedings in the loose.
Dylan Hartley 7
Strong showing from England’s co-captain. Led his pack well through a tough opening 40 minutes, hit his targets at line-out time and carried well throughout. Had the better of Marx.
Kyle Sinckler 6
Excellent in the loose, and did the hard yards as well with strong tackling and carrying. Had a tough time in the scrum however.
Maro Itoje 7
Was his usual busy self, contributing with ball in hand including one strong burst midway through second half. Paid the price for England’s repeated infringements with yellow card.
George Kruis 7
Excellent at the lineout and played a big part in defence when England were under the cosh, whilst also providing some ballast with his carrying. Looking back to his best.
Brad Shields 6
Mixed afternoon on Twickenham debut for Wasps man. Carried and tackled well throughout, but guilty of squandering try-scoring opportunity in second half.
Tom Curry 7
Got through a mountain of work before having to leave pitch early due to injury.
Mark Wilson 8
The pick of the forward pack, Wilson led the way with his tackling and carrying showing great resilience throughout to keep Springboks at bay. Industrious display.
Ben Youngs 7
Intelligent display from the scrum-half. Tactical kicking relieved pressure on his pack in bruising first-half, and kept the ball moving quickly when given the chance. Faded a bit towards the end.
Owen Farrell 8
Another excellent display from England’s talisman. Given chance to lead from 10 and didn’t disappoint, especially in second half when given more opportunities in attack. Showed some nice touches with ball in hand, kept scoreboard ticking over and stood up in defence when needed. Fortunate to get away with late hit.
Jonny May 8
Influential display from one of England’s most improved players. Had little chance to use his blistering pace in attack early on, but as game opened up the Tigers winger came to the fore and was at the heart of England’s best play in attack.
Ben Teo 5
Looked like a player who hasn’t played much rugby this season. Unable to get over the gainline, and besides one big hit in second half quieter than usual in defence.
Henry Slade 6
Frustrating afternoon, didn’t get as much ball as he would have hoped. Crucial intervention in first-half to stop potential Springbok try.
Jack Nowell 7
A real nuisance for the Springboks with his dogged defence, and contributed in attack with smart running and quick feet.
Elliot Daly 7
Used his boot to good effect in first-half to help out his forward pack. Had more chances in attack second-half, showing some nice footwork but decision-making let him down at times.
Jamie George 7
Provided customary impact from the bench with a couple of big tackles.
Ben Moon 7
Impressive debut off the bench from the Chiefs prop. Brought more stability in the scrum and did his bit in defence with some big tackles. Could well come in for the start next week.
Harry Williams 6
Anchored the scrum well after replacing Sinckler in final quarter.
Charlie Ewels 6
Latecomer off the bench but slotted in well in defence to help preserve narrow lead
Zach Mercer 7
Highly impressive test debut off the bench. Replaced Curry early in the second-half and brought some real energy and attacking impetus to English back-row. Provided greater balance and subtlety in back-row.
Danny Care 7
Buzzed around the fringes to good effect late on, providing England with momentum in attack, and kept the Springbok defence on their heels.
George Ford 6
Had little chance to shine in attack when introduced for the final quarter.
Chris Ashton 6
Like Ford not much opportunity to impress with ball-in-hand but went looking for the ball all the time and looked sharp.
By Jon Davies
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