15. Ben Foden – 7
Tryless but not without effort. Another typical strong Foden performance but didn’t set the world alight.
14. Chris Ashton – 8
Three tries and no Ash Splash? Meet the new Chris Ashton. Following a frustrating campaign at Northampton, Ashton looks set on a big summer and there was no better way to start than with plenty of tries against the Barbarians.
13. Brad Barritt – 6
Was found putting in plenty of big hits once more in midfield. Far too unimaginative though alongside Farrell.
12. Owen Farrell – 5
Sloppy passes far too often hit the deck and he looked out of sorts. Cute chip for Joseph’s first try worked well.
11. Christian Wade – 7
A solid debut well rounded off with a simple try. Few errors to note, the youngster is still an exciting prospect.
10. Charlie Hodgson – 6
The quality of his distribution was made for Barbarians matches, but much like Farrell the intuition and slick play between the two that we’ve become accustomed to was absent.
9. Lee Dickson – 6
Felt the heat with Care and Youngs performing the day before. Not bad.
1. Matt Stevens – 6
Not an afternoon for props but showed some good touches. Loosehead experiment a search for depth behind Corbisiero and Marler.
2. Dylan Hartley – 7
Returned like a man hungry to make amends and flopped over off the back of a maul for his try. Essential in an area where England are worryingly light.
3. Paul Doran-Jones – 6
A good return to England colours for the Saints prop, who will be in demand on tour.
4. Mouritz Botha – 7
The kind of hard-nosed South African you need against… uh, hard-nosed South Africans. Good showing.
5. Tom Palmer – 6
The returning Wasp took his chance well along with Botha. Essential experience.
6. Tom Johnson – 8
A performance to shout about. Busy in the breakdown, hounding in defence and then the deftest of hands for Wigglesworth’s score. The 6 shirt is vacant and he put his hand up.
7. Carl Fearns – 7
Promising debut for the youngster who turns 23 today. A beast around the park.
8. Phil Dowson – 7
A concerning blow to the head aside, this was a good afternoon for England’s temporary captain. Could switch to 6 in South Africa.
Joseph’s stepping ability looked to be the ingredient England were missing in midfield and he took his tries well. Mullan’s return was a positive, whilst Wigglesworth also impressed. Youngsters Launchbury and Gibson are right on the fringes.
by Ben Coles