15. Mike Brown: 7
Whether his 71st minute score was a try or not, he did brilliantly to make it over the line and make the referee ask the question. Also had an important hand in Ashton’s late try, but was comprehensively outplayed by the sheer brilliance of his opposite number.
14. Manu Tuilagi: 7
Wasn’t found out defensively as many thought he would be, but his influence on the game was negated by being stuck out on the wing. His offload to the man outside in the final play shows why he must be moved back to centre next week.
13. Luther Burrell: 5
Four missed tackles including a crucial one on Nonu 10 metres out from the try line speaks of a poor day at the office for Burrell. Threatened on a couple of occasions with ball in hand, but couldn’t influence matters has he did in the Six Nations.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 4.5
Needed a noteworthy performance, and he delivered – but sadly for the wrong reasons. There were too many unnecessary and inaccurate offloads, some poor kicking and three missed tackles. One classy break in the first half caught the eye, but the negatives outweighed the positives unfortunately.
11. Marland Yarde: 7
His best performance to date in an England shirt. Showed immense strength to shrug off the tackle of Richie McCaw for his try, and no little skill to loop a gorgeous pass over the top to Wood to start the move that led to his side’s last try. Did miss a few tackles, though.
10. Owen Farrell: 5.5
Not his best outing for his country. Gave away a couple of silly penalties, one of which led to a yellow card, and his kicking from hand was largely ineffective and allowed the brilliant Ben Smith time to run back. Also missed as many tackles as he made.
9. Danny Care: 5
Injected tempo well early on but his influence faded and ended up only carrying the ball once all game. Like his half-back partner, his kicking was inaccurate, too often either going straight out on the full or comfortably into the arms of the dangerous New Zealand back three.
1. Joe Marler: 6
Worked hard in the loose to make plenty of tackles, but his influence in the scrums was completely negated from last week, to the point where he gave away a costly penalty just before half time.
2. Rob Webber: 6.5
Like Marler, not the influential game of last weekend, but not a terrible one either. He is still one of the most accurate around with his lineout darts, but will nonetheless likely make way for Hartley next week.
3. David Wilson: 6.5
Worked unfeasibly hard to finish with 15 tackles, but again it seemed the All Blacks had done their homework at set-piece time as he wasn’t able to provide the platform that the rest of the team enjoyed the week previously. It hasn’t influenced his score here, but that kick was a thing of true beauty, too.
4. Joe Launchbury: 6
Starting to look tired at the end of a gruelling season. An impressive charge down in the first minute set the tone for the team, but thereafter his influence waned and he even, almost unthinkably, fell off a couple of tackles.
5. Geoff Parling: 8
England’s best performer – 21 tackles and two turnovers prove why Lancaster kept the faith with Parling. There were a couple of wobbles at the lineout towards the end, but nothing that can’t be ironed out before the next test.
6. Tom Wood: 6.5
A crucial source of lineout ball and a typically high work rate in the loose. Not quite the physicality that Haskell brought last weekend, but still an important shift.
7. Chris Robshaw: 6.5
Led from the front as always, but didn’t have as much control over the breakdown as in the first test as the All Blacks were allowed to play with the quick ball that they love so much. To his credit, he was one of only four starters to finish with a 100% tackle success rate.
8. Ben Morgan: 5.5
Nowhere near the power-packed performance that we saw in the first test. Wasn’t helped by a much shakier platform in front of him, but still would have hoped to return more metres with ball in hand.
Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley and Billy Vunipola all added some much needed physicality, and played better than the men they replaced. All three will likely start the third test. Kieron Brookes was afforded his first taste of international rugby but didn’t have time to influence things, and neither did Matt Mullan or Ben Youngs.
Chris Ashton showed his value to track the play well and pop up on Mike Brown’s inside shoulder to finish England’s final try, and at least had the decency not to put in a full ‘Ash Splash’, given the game was already lost.
By Jamie Hosie
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