England 57-31 SA Barbarians North – England Player Ratings

15. Nick Abendanon – 8

A first England appearance for some time and he made it count with a hat-trick. Couldn’t catch Englebrecht for the 1st try but nearly got there. Superb feet for the 2nd.

14. Christian Wade – 6

Lovely assist for Abendanon’s first score but couldn’t repeat his hat-trick from last Wednesday.

13. Anthony Allen – 7

Excellent distribution in midfield and a couple of big hits. Has enjoyed a fantastic season. Deservedly grabbed a try when he supported Karl Dickson.

12. Jordan Turner-Hall – 6

Industrious in his first phase crash ball role, but rarely spectacular.

11. Ugo Monye – No score

Worryingly carried off on the stretcher and replaced by Jonny May. Has left hospital but is out of the 3rd Test.

10. Charlie Hodgson – 6

Fine afternoon but a missed tackle on a much smaller scrum-half dented his performance.

9. Lee Dickson – 7

Nice early break showed ambition and he responded to pressure for his Test spot.

1. Matt Mullan – 6

South African props are typically unforgiving as the Worcester man has no doubt discovered on this tour. Began to get on top in the latter stages but Joe Marler and Alex Corbisiero stand in his way.

2. Tom Youngs – 7

Very strong prospect in the loose and threw well in the lineout. Possibly enough for a bench spot in the final Test.

3. Paul Doran-Jones – 6

Another unpleasant afternoon at the scrum, especially in the 2nd half, but put in his fair shift of work around the fringes.

4. Graham Kitchener – 6

Took a great restart in the 2nd half and began to carry well. Yet to truly wow in a white shirt but is highly rated, bringing the grunt in the scrum.

5. George Robson – 7

Great hands for Jonny May’s second try and lead the team well on tour. Breakthrough season for the Harlequin.

6. Jamie Gibson – 6

Hasn’t had much of a chance to shine on tour and a couple of errors here undermined his performance. Yellow carded for a cynical block.

7. Carl Fearns – 8

Couple of strong bursts, showed that can cause damage going forward as well as in defence. Prospect for the final Test.

8. Ben Morgan – 7

That was more like it. A confidence inducing try and some effective carrying.


Jonny May nearly stole the headlines from Abendanon with an excellent brace of tries, whilst Karl Dickson looked sharp after coming off the bench for his brother. Joe Gray was also better than last week.

by Ben Coles

5 thoughts on “England 57-31 SA Barbarians North – England Player Ratings

  1. Glad to see one of the young hookers has put his had up. Mears was such a waste of a place – not young enough/ not good enough. Just a shame none of our up and coming fly halves were given a go mid week, Farrell even would have benefitted from some game time.

    I see Haskell wasn’t used at all – assume he’ll be in the test team? May got name checked by Lancaster – does he have a chance? Still baffled that Twelvetrees wasn’t taken – ticks all the boxes at inside centre.

  2. I’m guessing that Abendanon will make the bench for Saturday, and I think he deserves to. Looks like Haskell will be starting at 7?

  3. Fearns knocked people back in the tackle, can we say that about anyone else in a white shirt across the 4 games? Could be the closest thing we have to a Lydiate, wouldn’t mind seeing him involved in the Saturday 22.

    Sorry for Ugo, will he keep with Strettle now i wonder or maybe JJ on wing? Hope Abendanons form is rewarded with a bench spot as well.

  4. Why isn’t anybody making a case for Allen, I agree that Twelvetrees is the future but England need a centre that can pass, and run some lines.

    Allen is unspecatacular but does a lot of good things, he runs good lines Which even if he doesn’t get the ball, he makes space for the 10 and 13. His defense is underrated, he hits well above his size and can organize the defense. I would like him to have a run, this would give Joseph or Manu better ball to work with and would allow us to judge them as an attacking threat.

    I think he is worth a shot.

    Agree on Fearns, very physical, he could be the man to front up against the boks backrow forwards, not Haskell, he has been proven inadequate to many times before. Johnson will have his work cut out at the breakdown without Robshaw on the field.

    Shame about Lawes missing the tour we could ahve found out a lot about him in this situation, he hits really hard and is athletic, would love to see him against the Boks, make him or break him so to speak.

    1. I was suprised when Twelvetrees missed the cut, the I looked down the list of centres and couldn’t see anyone I would drop to make space for him.

      Given the opposition and our defensive frailties thus far, I would pick Barritt if fit this weekend, if he’s not then I would have JJ wing and Allen centre.

      We have missed Lawes, don’t forget we have already seen as part of a badly beaten up pack against the boks at Twickenham in 2010. He would have added a lot of athleticism, line speed and no doubt put in some huge hits, but I don’t think he would have been able to neutralise the bok close quarter battle game plan. His game is really about getting all round the park to hit rucks early and hard, jumping out of the line to flatten someone or steaming after a restart to destroy another French scrum half, not so much the standing round the fringes to deal with people bigger than him in my opinion.

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