15. Mike Brown: 8.5
The standout performer of the day by some distance. Restored to fullback, both his decision making in terms of when to run and when to kick, and his execution of that decision, were exemplary. Made almost double the metres of anyone else in a white shirt, and beat eight defenders in a monumental 17 carries. Foden will have to wait a little longer.
14. Chris Ashton: 5
There was plenty of endeavour from Ashton, but still none of the end result we’re looking for. Was made to look stupid in the build-up to Toomua’s try as he rushed out of the line to barely lay a finger on Folau as he ghosted round the outside.
13. Joel Tomkins: 5
An inauspicious debut from the Saracens centre. Aside from an embarrassing hand-off from Kuridrani, he did little wrong, but then he did pretty much nothing to stand out, either. Likely to be given another chance, but will be under severe pressure from Trinder if his performance doesn’t improve.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 4
Not the afternoon Twelvetrees needed. This was supposed to be his time to make the 12 shirt his own for the foreseeable future; instead, more questions remain than answers. Will Lancaster keep the faith? Can Twelvetrees rediscover some form? Would Burrell add something different? The missed tackle for Toomua’s try was almost cringe-inducing.
11. Marland Yarde: 7.5
One of the success stories of the afternoon for England. Will need to temper his enthusiasm after narrowly escaping a yellow card for persistent shoulder charging, but when he was given the ball in space there was plenty to suggest this is a position Yarde can dominate for some time. Quick feet, electric pace and good strength are a dangerous combination.
10. Owen Farrell: 6.5
If ever the cliché ‘a game of two halves’ was appropriate, it is in Farrell’s performance. In the first his radar was woefully off, but in the second he proved what the Lions tour has done for his game, attacking the gain-line more and even waltzing through a (possibly Hartley-induced) gap to score a try untouched.
9. Lee Dickson: 5
Another to fail to impress when in need of a big performance. There was none of the usual snap to his distribution – precisely the thing that had him in the team ahead of Youngs and Care. Box-kicking was average at best, also.
1. Mako Vunipola: 7.5
Overshadowed by his brother in the ball-carrying stakes, it is Mako’s scrummaging (for once) that gets him such a solid mark. Did not destroy Alexander in the way Corbisiero did for the Lions, but still gave him a very tough time to win several set piece penalties.
2. Tom Youngs: 5
A poor day for Youngs, whose line-out demons, having been dormant for so long, reappeared. Clearly missed the influence of Geoff Parling, but to use that as an excuse is not acceptable – he will not always be there. While Lawes must take some blame, most of it rests on Youngs’ shoulders.
3. Dan Cole: 7
Back to his best at the scrum, although greater tests await this autumn. Was more visible around the park than he has been for a while, too, making a nuisance of himself over Australian ball at the breakdown. Should have quelled calls for Wilson to start.
4. Joe Launchbury: 7
How often do you find Launchbury being the man on the inside shoulder, taking an offload or offering himself as a runner? He may not make the steamrolling runs of Vunipola, or the bone-crunching hits of Lawes, but his workrate is second to none and vital to England.
5. Courtney Lawes: 6
A few big hits and a couple of solid carries for Lawes, but his selection to call the line-outs backfired as England failed to set a solid platform in the first half. Parling will walk back into the team, and Lawes will return to battling with Launchbury for the other space.
6. Tom Wood: 7
Another workman-like performance from Wood, who proved again that he is much more comfortable on the blindside than at no.8. Made an impressive three turnovers and even managed to get his hands on the ball to carry seven times – more than usual for a man more used to doing the unseen stuff.
7. Chris Robshaw: 7.5
A performance of real class from Robshaw, and while his try was not too tough to take there was plenty else to please England fans from their captain. Fourteen tackles and eight carries point to a typically high workrate and, in combination with Wood, more than nullified the influence of Hooper at the breakdown.
8. Billy Vunipola: 8
England’s other stand-out performer. It was great to see that Vunipola’s ball-carrying prowess held on the international stage as well as it does at club level, as he bounced off defenders all afternoon. In total he made 27 metres but beat three defenders in the process. Should go on to consolidate this position as his own over the rest of the autumn.
Almost all of England’s replacements made a positive impact. Ben Youngs and Dylan Hartley were particularly impressive – the former adding pace to the game that had been so lacking previously, and the latter helping to shore up the set-piece. Marler and Wilson carried on the good work at scrum time against tiring opponents, but Ben Morgan again looked out of sorts and was unable to impose himself on the game in any way. Flood and Attwood had little time to make any noticeable impact.
By Jamie Hosie
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