15. Alex Goode – 9
Enjoyed watching Goode on his first start at Twickenham, with an elusive sidestep and turn of pace to take him through the gap. Many expected him to drop out for Mike Brown in subsequent weeks, but surely did enough to keep his place.
14. Charlie Sharples – 9
Sharples added a real bite to England’s attack that has been missing for years – opposition defenders can’t take their eyes off him because he’s quick enough to exploit any gaps. Great finish for the first try, albeit through some fairly shoddy defending.
13. Manu Tuilagi – 8
A powerful display with one memorable surge through Fiji’s defence. Will always put England on the front foot, and can play a vital part in fixing defenders, creating space and offering quick ball to use in that space.
12. Brad Barritt – 7
Another solid display, and with Goode at full-back, perhaps there is less onus on Barritt to be creative – as a straight runner and defensive rock, he does the job brilliantly.
11. Ugo Monye – 5
I don’t think it will be too difficult to bring Ashton back next week. Monye continues to be upright in contact and offered little threat out wide, particularly compared to the lightning Sharples on the other wing. Don’t remember seeing him pass either.
10. Toby Flood – 7
Must be partly responsible for the headless manner in which England’s backs started the game, but regained composure, kicked well and provided enough direction to beat what was in front of him.
9. Danny Care – 6
Marked down for a silly yellow card – it was harsh, but there’s still some element of blame, particularly when it’s in front of the touch judge. A few sloppy passes, but England needs the pace that he injects, and I’m looking forward to seeing him against Australia.
8. Thomas Waldrom – 6
A reasonable game and had plenty of opportunities, but not sure he did enough to warrant selection over Ben Morgan. Some slightly suspect handling as well, but at least he did get heavily involved.
7. Chris Robshaw – 7
Another solid game from England’s captain, although it wasn’t exactly a dogfight up front in which a 7 can come to the fore. Tackled well and made a few useful carries.
6. Tom Johnson – 8
The love for Johnson is growing by the day, and this was another effective performance. Certainly doing enough to keep his place over Tom Wood (and Tom Croft, if fit). Looking forward to seeing him against tougher opposition later this month.
5. Geoff Parling – 6
Seemed to be fairly anonymous in the loose, but deserves credit for the lineout, which is his domain, and seemed to function very well, despite being something of a concern before the match.
4. Tom Palmer – 6
Again, a quiet contribution. In a physical encounter like this, should we be looking for a more forceful presence from the second rows? Lawes and Launchbury anyone?
3. Dan Cole – 8
Seems to get better and better, not only as a dominant tighthead, but also in the loose as an extra flanker competing for the ball at every breakdown. Bring on the Wallaby pack.
2. Tom Youngs – 8
Very impressive debut and answered the critics with respect to his throwing. Hit his man every time, and popped up with several barrelling carries in the loose. Great to have some depth at hooker at last.
1. Joe Marler – 7
Dominant in the scrum, which was a key part of the mismatch between these teams. Should be licking his lips after seeing what France did to Australia up front, and he could make a name for himself.
I thought Mako Vunipola and particularly Joe Launchbury made a good fist of it on debut, but it wasn’t a great test for the substitutes or substitution strategy by then.
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