15. Alex Goode: 7.5
A good day out for England’s most maligned fullback. Put in a beautiful grubber kick for Foden to snaffle early on, and then jinked his way to the tryline for a score of his own. His positioning was, as usual, superb, which nullified the Crusaders’ kicking game.
14. Ben Foden: 7
Like his back three colleagues, Foden contributed to a ruthlessness in attack that will have immensely pleased Lancaster given the chances squandered on the tour so far. His ability to pluck the ball from the air while still staying in field was incredible. Loses half a point for some poor work at the restart, however.
13. Henry Trinder: 6
Didn’t get to see much of the twinkling feet or searing pace that he does possess, but Trinder managed to bring those outside him into the game reasonably well, and gave a nice pass in the build-up to the Goode try.
12. Brad Barritt: 7.5
A strong outing for Barritt who, to be fair to him, showed some nice touches in attack as well as his usual solidarity in defence, making 13 tackles without missing any. His grubber through for Pennell in the last minute was a joy to behold.
11. Anthony Watson: 7
Was kept quiet for the majority of the game but proved just what a talent he is with a beautifully timed run that saw him streak through the Crusaders line, before sheer pace took him away from the last man. A sublime finish.
10. Danny Cipriani: 7
Started superbly with a gorgeous break and pass for England’s first try, and from then on he controlled the game well without ever really kicking on too much. A hugely positive performance, though, and one that will have caught Lancaster’s eye.
9. Lee Dickson: 7
Accurate, quick service from the Northampton Saint was exactly what the England backs wanted, and got. With Care an injury doubt for the third test, Dickson will be an excellent option if needed.
1. Alex Waller: 6.5
Like the rest of the front five, Waller overpowered his opposite man in the tight to hand the English backs a perfect platform to play from. Showed a couple of nice touches with ball in hand, too, offloading out of the tackle well.
2. Joe Gray: 7
Hit the majority of his lineouts and popped up on the shoulder of Cipriani to cross for England’s first try in the second minute. That the set piece struggled after he was removed proved his influence.
3. Henry Thomas: 7
The scrum dominated and Thomas also put in a solid shift outside of the set piece to finish with eight tackles and two turnovers. Sterner tests will await in the scrum, but Lancaster will have been pleased with what he saw from his young tighthead.
4. Ed Slater: 8
Never, ever has a bad game these days. To be captain on the occasion of your first senior England appearance might overawe some people – but not Slater. He gave everything for 80 minutes, tackled manfully and showcased his delightfully soft hands on more than one occasion. Just a shame he plays in a position of such strength for England!
5. Dave Attwood: 7
Bristling physicality as always from Attwood, who formed part of a front five that was simply too strong for the Crusaders. Useful at the lineout too.
6. James Haskell: 7.5
Another good performance from Haskell who showed why he will be an important part of the England squad for the World Cup. Never shirks the physical challenge, carrying strongly and not falling off a single tackle.
7. Matt Kvesic: 8.5
This was exactly the performance Kvesic needed. He hurtled into rucks and showed his jackaling ability with aplomb to win several turnovers. Always seemed to be the first man at the breakdown and was regularly on the shoulder of the man with the ball. Showed some good hands and made an astonishing 17 tackles too.
8. Tom Johnson: 6
Didn’t catch the eye as much as his back row colleagues, but was solid in what is not his preferred position. Would have hoped for more return with ball in hand given the armchair ride he had behind the front five.
This was mostly positive for Lancaster. Chris Pennell showed why he has been making headlines this season with a smartly taken try, Kyle Sinckler and Nathan Catt looked good at scrum time, with the former also making a few barrelling runs, and Richard Wigglesworth and Stephen Myler controlled things well.
Sadly for Dave Ward his lineout throwing faltered, and probably justified the doubts Lancaster had over him going into the first test. Jonny May didn’t really get a chance to show his pace from outside centre, but certainly looks more comfortable on the wing, where he doesn’t have to worry about distributing. Minor issues in an overwhelmingly positive England performance, though.
By Jamie Hosie
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