15. Mike Brown: 5.5
It’s been a long old season, and it showed in Brown’s performance this weekend. He’s not been at his best this tour, and again in the third test he struggled to get away from defenders and also misjudged a few kicks early on.
14. Chris Ashton: 4.5
Woeful defence from Ashton, sadly, once again. It has to be said that he was left isolated on too many occasions by the men inside him, but this excuse only works so far – some of the one-on-one tackles he missed were truly terrible. Didn’t get enough ball in attack.
13. Manu Tuilagi: 5.5
Was one half of a defensive nightmare in midfield in the first half, and was far too often found out of position. Some strong bursts in the second forty have lifted his score up somewhat.
12. Kyle Eastmond: 3.5
Painful to watch at times. It wasn’t his size that let him down, it was his positioning and general reading of the New Zealand attack. When England had ball, he was invisible. His stats read zero passes, one carry, zero kicks – simply not good enough for a man who can be such a weapon. A really steep learning curve.
11. Marland Yarde: 6.5
Missed a couple of crucial tackles on opposite man Jane, but was one of England’s only shining lights in attack. Beat five defenders and averaged over 10 metres per carry – a decent performance to cap what has been an overwhelmingly positive tour for the speedster.
10. Freddie Burns: 5
Far from the cool, collected performance of the first test, mirroring the frustratingly inconsistent performances he put in at club level this year. Kicking from the tee and hand was inaccurate, as was a lot of his tackling.
9. Ben Youngs: 8
The big positive for England. After a season in which he has so struggled for form, this was much more like the Youngs of old. Set the tone with a smart snaffle on Kieron Read from the first scrum, and darted through gaps around the breakdown all game.
1. Joe Marler: 5
Pinged a couple of times at the scrum and wasn’t able to get any of his rumbling runs going. Scrum was not the force it was in the first test.
2. Dylan Hartley: 4.5
Reinstated by Lancaster but that faith was not repaid with a good performance. The lineout wobbled and he did not carry to any great effect.
3. David Wilson: 6
Has had a decent tour and shown that England’s options at tighthead do not begin and end with Dan Cole. Always a rock in the scrum.
4. Joe Launchbury: 5.5
Much like Mike Brown, Launchbury has failed to reach the dizzying heights of his performances in the Six Nations. Still put in a decent shift, but uncharacteristically fell off a couple of tackles and was not as conspicuous in support as he has been.
5. Courtney Lawes: 6.5
Perhaps not the eye-catching, physical kind of performance that we are used to, but it was an important one nonetheless from Lawes. Made 100% of his tackles (that numbered fewer than only Wood and Robshaw) and won some crucial turnovers.
6. Tom Wood: 6.5
As ever it was a shift full of graft and endeavour from Wood. Made his tackles, won some lineouts and a few turnovers to boot. Even managed to carry to some effect and ended with the most metres made of any English forward – although the fact that figure is just 17 tells you everything about which direction the pack were going for most of the game.
7. Chris Robshaw: 6
Like Wood he was solid, although he did slip off a few tackles, which isn’t like him. Should take some credit for rallying his troops at half time to at least stop the rot somewhat in the second half.
8. Billy Vunipola: 4.5
Yellow card was certainly harsh, but even leaving that to one side this was not the kind of performance we have come to expect from Vunipola, who is another who looks to be struggling with fatigue. 14 metres made from six carries is a poor return from a man who is expected to be one of the main sources of go-forward.
Arguably the biggest positive to come from the bench was Kieron Brooks, who looked strong in the scrum, forcing a penalty, and powerful in the loose with a couple of nice carries. Ben Morgan was not much more conspicuous than Vunipola, while Mullan, Attwood and Dickson all came on too late to really make a difference.
Luther Burrell certainly deserves credit for shoring up the defence in the second half, but you have to wonder if maybe the All Blacks had taken their foot off the pedal a bit. Like the first test, Danny Cipriani looked bursting with life and showed some lovely touches after replacing Burns.
By Jamie Hosie
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