Joe Marler: 3
A torrid afternoon for the loose-head as England struggled to assert their supposed dominancy in the scrum. Took a knock in the first half and didn’t look great after it, dropping simple passes and giving away penalties at the set piece.
Tom Youngs: 5
Hit all his lineouts once again but needs to offer a bit more in the loose if he wants to keep his place on the return of Hartley. Exposed for pace a couple of times when hanging out on the wing.
Dan Cole: 4
This could have been the day Cole announced himself as a genuine world-class tighthead. Sadly he didn’t take that opportunity, and was more often than not outplayed by Benn Robinson.
Geoff Parling: 5
Again marshalled the lineout well, but is going to need to start offering a bit more in the way of carrying if he is not going to come under pressure for his place. Never going to put the fear of God into the opposition.
Tom Palmer: 4
A couple of decent carries but where is the enforcer England so desperately need? The South Africans will not be quaking in their boots ahead of next week, and England must seriously consider playing Lawes to offer that bit of edge and physicality.
Tom Johnson: 5
Slick hands in the build-up to Tuilagi’s try was about the only moment of note for Johnson. Made his tackles and got around the park well but will continue to be under pressure from Tom Wood.
Chris Robshaw: 6
A couple of nice offloads and strong carries as the England captain led from the front. Question marks have to be raised about his decision making, though, as England repeatedly passed up chances to take 3 points in the second half.
Thomas Waldrom: 5
Typically industrious but once again made frustratingly few inroads. Doesn’t seem to have the same presence on an international field as he does for the Tigers.
Danny Care: 5
Repeatedly swept up well in defence, but there was none of his trademark snappiness and he was outshone in attack by opposite number Phipps. Still too often taking half a step when getting the ball away from the breakdown, which reduces Flood’s time and space on the ball.
Toby Flood: 6
Kicked almost faultlessly again, and looked dangerous when attacking the gainline but just lacks that yard of pace to take him through the gaps he invariably finds. Was at the helm of a fairly lacklustre backline but would be unfair to lay the blame solely at his door.
Charlie Sharples: 4
Was shown a clean pair of heels by Phipps in the first half which led to the Aussie try. Struggled to get in the game as he wasn’t fed any decent ball from the men inside him.
Brad Barritt: 4
Defended valiantly as always but it is time he offered more of a threat in attack. Another to be outplayed by his opposite number, he must really be thankful for the fact that there are limited alternatives at 12.
Manu Tuilagi: 6
Showed all of his immense strength to finish in the corner for the try that got England back into the match. Is starting to look a bit one dimensional though, and needs to add an offloading side to his game if he is to become a world class centre.
Chris Ashton: 5
After the heroics of 2010 much was expected of the return of Ashton. The winger was largely anonymous though, as Australia successfully nullified the threat of England’s ‘pretty boys’.
Alex Goode: 5
Didn’t have the same influence on the game as last week, as he struggled to find the space he enjoys playing in so much. One horror slice off the left boot in the first half sticks out in the memory also.
Vunipola and Launchbury again provided some much-needed menace when introduced in the second half, and will push for starting spots next week. Ben Youngs, however, lost his head once again when taking a stupid quick tap when a simple 3 points were on offer. Seriously needs to work on his decision making. The others failed to turn the game around also, as they were thrown on in haste in an attempt to turn things around.