15. Delon Armitage 7
Couldn’t really have had a better return to the side, bar scoring a try. Strong under the high ball, he produced one brilliant try-saving tackle on Sam Warburton and produced a thrilling 50 metre run to remind the crowd of what he’s capable of.
14. Matt Banahan 5
Offered remarkably little. His impact is reduced out on the wing, and he needed to be brought into the midfield more by Wilkinson. Never going to be troubled in defence against Shane Williams.
13. Manu Tuilagi 7
Martin Johnson’s assessment of Tuilagi’s performance as “pretty good” was accurate, as Tuilagi created more excitement in midfield than Hape and Tindall have done during recent times. Booked his seat on the plane.
12. Riki Flutey 6
Not outstanding, but struggled to get decent ball through a good Welsh defence around the 10/12 channel. His versatility though is his key asset, and there is more to come from him.
11. Mark Cueto 6
One lovely catch and break stirred the crowd into life, but otherwise Cueto produced a forgettable afternoon on the wing. Mysteriously absent from his position for both of opposite man George North’s tries.
10. Jonny Wilkinson 7
Score could have been higher, but at times Wilkinson’s decision making looked a tad desperate when he went on his own without support into the tackle. His kicking in open play and for the posts was excellent however.
9. Danny Care 6
A reasonable performance from Care, but did he do enough to justify selection ahead of Ben Youngs? We’re not convinced, although his sportsmanship to stop the game when he saw Morgan Stoddart in agony in front him will be remembered.
1. Alex Corbisiero 6
Big scrummaging performance, and relished playing alongside Stevens and Hartley at the coal face. Would have been better to have seen him producing more in open play, an aspect of his game that was underused at Twickenham.
2. Dylan Hartley 7
Another accomplished performance from the Northampton captain in his 29th cap aged 25. A real fighter who stood up to the physical challenge.
3. Matt Stevens 8
Big performance all round from Stevens, relishing his return to the big time by giving Paul James a nightmare in the scrum. Worked hard in the loose as well.
4. Simon Shaw 6
Age looked as though it was finally starting to slow him down after a tough pre-season. But his experience and physciality are still irreplaceable. As long as New Zealand have Thorn and South Africa have Botha, England need Shaw around.
5. Tom Palmer 5
Failed to hit the heights of his Six Nations performances. Overshadowed in the lineout by the expertise of Croft, and was less of a presence around the park than we saw against France back in February.
6. Tom Croft 7
Great return for the Leicester forward. Always a handful around the field, he was physically imposing throughout and always has the potential to cause problems for the opposition. Must stay injury free.
7. Lewis Moody 6
Concerning sight to see him carried from the field, because up to that point Mad Dog had been at his rampaging best. Leads by example.
8. James Haskell 7
With Waldrom gone from the squad, he has put his name into the hat for number 8 selection. Not first-choice, but a capable option, and seemed to relish scoring his try.
Charlie Hodgson was never going to set the world alight, whilst Botha seemed to amble around casually. Sharples impressed, as did Wigglesworth.