15. Mike Brown: 6.5
None of the fireworks from last weekend, but still a solid performance from Brown. Has an astute understanding of space that seemingly means he is always in the right place at the right time.
14. Chris Ashton: 5
His stats looked good, and reflected a high work-rate, but there were too many errors and missed opportunities for Ashton to warrant his place in the team next weekend, if a replacement is available. He scored a try (that arguably could have been ruled out had it gone to the TMO), and butchered a one-on-one that he should have finished. He was also stepped far too easily in defence. Better, but not good enough.
13. Joel Tomkins: 5.5
Solid but unspectacular again from Tomkins. Made his tackles but does not look dangerous with ball in hand, and has been unable to get his offloading game going. Looking like merely a custodian of the shirt while Tuilagi is away.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 7
Much better from Twelvetrees, particularly in the first half. Fizzed passes away off both hands, and showed his impressive strength to barrel over the line from close range. Faded in second half but then so did everyone.
11. Ben Foden: 6
Worked hard in defence and made a couple of slick offloads, but didn’t have the opportunities to show his exciting running game.
10. Owen Farrell: 6
Kicking demons from last week were, thankfully, nowhere to be seen, but there was still a failure to get the back-line going too often. A mixed bag kicking from hand, too, which is something that will need to be rectified ahead of next weekend.
9. Lee Dickson: 7
A huge improvement on last weekend, it was surprising that he was substituted so early on in the second half. There was less aimless kicking and more of the snappy service that saw him elevated to starter in the first place.
1. Joe Marler: 6.5
Filled in the carrying roll of Mako Vunipola in the loose well, and also went well against the Argentinian scrum. Unlikely to have done enough to keep Corbisiero out of the starting line-up next weekend, however.
2. Dylan Hartley: 8
Hartley was at his rampaging best, beating defenders in several strong carries. Stayed on the right side of the boundary between aggression and thuggery and if he can continue to do that, he will be England’s no.1. The line-out also went better with him there.
3. David Wilson: 6
An OK performance from Wilson, but one that does not lift him above Cole in the pecking order. Dealt with Ayerza and the Argentinians well, but will likely be replaced by the Leicester man for next weekend.
4. Joe Launchbury: 7
More of the ‘unseen’ excellence that makes him such a key part of this England team. Twelve tackles, seven carries and a try to cap off another good outing for Launchbury in a white shirt.
5. Courtney Lawes: 7
The line-out was a huge improvement, which is a credit to Lawes, who obviously benefitted from having club teammate Hartley throwing in. There was one huge (potentially borderline) hit that stopped any Argentine momentum.
6. Tom Wood: 7
Worked as hard as ever and made plenty of tackles, but also managed to get his hands on the ball quite often. Will never provide a huge source of go-forward ball, but with a big no.8 behind him he doesn’t need to.
7. Chris Robshaw: 7.5
Excellent stuff from the captain who has more than justified his selection as starter and captain in the space of two performances. Twenty tackles gave him a total seven higher than anyone else, and nine passes points to his fulfilling of the link-man role that he does so well.
8. Billy Vunipola: 5
Did not back up last weekend’s performance. Looked sluggish and failed to get over the gain-line regularly, in large parts thanks to Argentina’s brave defence, which threw itself at Vunipola’s feet time and again. Needs a back up plan for when his brute force isn’t working.
The second half performance was infinitely worse than that of the first half, so it is tough to mark them too positively. Ben Morgan was one exception, finally showing the kind of form that got everyone so excited last season and capped a good afternoon with a try. Geoff Parling worked hard in defence after coming on, but with the line-out functioning well without him, will sweat over his place for next week, as will Tom Youngs. Corbisiero shored up the scrum.
By Jamie Hosie
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