15: Mike Brown: 7.5
Capped a stellar autumn with another all-action performance at the back. Safe under the high ball and dangerous on the counter attack, he is the man who has most enhanced his reputation over the three games.
14. Chris Ashton: 5
Not terrible but not brilliant either. Once again, plenty of endeavour but little reward to show for it. One aimless grubber kick after a good period of English pressure was a particular lowlight. Defence was better than the previous couple of weeks, however.
13. Joel Tomkins: 4.5
Has sadly not been able to recreate his Saracens form on the international stage, and barring a similar injury crisis in the midfield it’s unlikely he’ll feature again for England. Made eight carries without passing or offloading the ball once, and missed more tackles than he made.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 6.5
Another encouraging performance from Billy Twelvetrees, who ran more direct lines than he had in the past couple of weeks – something that is necessary outside Farrell, who has a propensity to crab. Carried the ball on 13 occasions in total, and in the claustrophobia of the 12 channel made an impressive 55 metres.
11. Ben Foden: 5.5
Did well to marshall the dangerous Charles Piutau, but had few opportunities to impress going forward. Almost ran the length for a shrewdly-taken intercept try, but was called back for advantage over from a previous phase. A solid outing, but is much more effective in his preferred fullback role.
10. Owen Farrell: 6
Credit where it is due, Farrell was faultless from the tee, which effectively kept England in the game. But there is so much frustration surrounding him with ball in hand – unless there is a man charging off his shoulder on a short line, he cannot continue to run so laterally, eating up space for the men outside him. The Kiwis catch and pass while running straight, letting the ball do the work. Farrell needs to work on this side of his game.
9. Lee Dickson: 6.5
Another industrious performance from Dickson, whose autumn has got steadily better as it has gone on. Game management was excellent, although he has rarely interested the fringe defenders during these three games.
1. Joe Marler: 7
Part of a front row that was on top of their Kiwi counterparts, and also made a few strong carries, recalling the Marler of old. Unlikely to usurp Corbisiero or Vunipola but to have him as a third choice is a luxury for England.
2. Dylan Hartley: 8
Superb stuff from Hartley who has had an overwhelming positive autumn. A pillar of physicality without, crucially, ever overstepping the mark. Disciplinary issues have always cost him, but if he can continue to sit on the right side of the aggression/thuggery line, he is England’s number one hooker.
3. Dan Cole: 6.5
Effective in the scrum and a nuisance at the breakdown, it was a decent day out for Cole. Has allayed some of the fears that he is not currently performing at his best.
4. Joe Launchbury: 7.5
Another of England’s standout performers, before he was forced off with an injury. Has an insatiable work-rate, and is more often than not the man to pop up on the shoulder of an attacker looking to offload. Showed excellent composure to pick up and dot down a bobbling ball for his try.
5. Courtney Lawes: 8
Like Launchbury, has a very high work rate, but with an added bite about him. There were a couple of trademark massive hits and, in combination with Hartley, the line-out was flawless.
6. Tom Wood: 7
Mr. Dependable rounded off a good autumn with another solid performance against New Zealand. He has been a bit more obvious with ball in hand of late, which is an encouraging addition to the other, less-seen aspects of his game.
7. Chris Robshaw: 7
As always, worked harder than anyone else – and that is saying something amongst a pack that prides itself on its work-rate. Made a bold and ultimately right decision to go for the corner in the first half, and was England’s top tackler.
8. Billy Vunipola: 7.5
Vunipola has looked completely at home in test rugby this autumn. Given time, he could rival the best in his position in the world. As it is he is still very much an unpolished diamond, but certainly a diamond – there was more strong ball-carrying in evidence against New Zealand.
Ben Morgan was the pick of the replacements, and will head back to Gloucester rejuvenated after a couple of impressive cameos from the bench. Tom Youngs had a poor day at the line-out, while brother Ben and Toby Flood failed to spark the England attack in the final quarter. Geoff Parling worked hard, and there were a couple of nice touches from the much-maligned Alex Goode.
By Jamie Hosie
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