Player Ratings: England v Australia

Foden – 7

England’s best attacking threat was overshadowed by his clubmate Ashton, but it his presence that makes him so crucial to England’s attack. Not just in the way he runs the ball, but the way opposition defences are constantly focused on where he is headed, creating the space for others.

Ashton – 9

Raw pace, youthful exuberance, his 85m score will never be forgotten. Took his first try well, continuing to develop into an international winger. Exciting future ahead of him.

Tindall – 7

Much maligned the week before by press and fans alike, but much improved against the Wallabies. His hard running was complimented by some good hands, especially in the build-up to the first score. His celebration said everything.

Hape – 7

More than happy to crash up on first phase and make the space for others. Good hands in the tackle, and worked hard in defence.

Cueto – 8

Wonderful hit on James O’Connor in the first half, and seemed to wind back the years as he scorched repeatedly through some wayward Aussie defence. Great to watch his return to form.

Flood – 8

25 points is an individual record for this fixture. His versatility in attack, whether going alone or supplying the backs, was top class. Has finally emerged from Wilkinson’s shadow.

Youngs – 9

The heartbeat of England’s new era. Every break had the Aussies panicking. Great pace and vision.

Sheridan – 7

With few scrums in the game, his opportunity to dominate never came. Great work in the loose.

Hartley – 6

One costly overthrow led to the second Australian try. Kept his head under the radar doing the dirty work.

Cole – 7

Growing in stature with every game. Without doubt England’s best option at tight-head.

Lawes – 9

His second full 80 minutes; great strength, a constant headache for the Wallaby defence. Wonderful hands in the build-up to Ashton’s second try.

Palmer – 8

Carrying in the loose was superb. Dynamic, his crucial tackle securing the turnover on England’s 5m line before Youngs broke away. Best game in an England shirt.

Croft – 7

Some hard rucking coupled with some great offloads in the tackle. His work in the lineout to disrupt Stephen Moore was persistent.

Moody – 7

Don’t let his invisibility fool you. He hounded Quade Cooper and Matt Giteau all afternoon, putting them under pressure.

Easter – 6

Carrying was strong once again, but not his best performance. Lack of competition at 8 means his place isn’t under threat.

Ben Coles

8 thoughts on “Player Ratings: England v Australia

  1. I really didn’t think Tindall had a good game. He still looks like he’s a bit lost in attack and will almost always stick his head down and smash into someone. That’s sometimes effective but centres need more than that. He’s also significantly slower than all the other backs.

    I though Palmer and Lawes were outstanding but would have given MOM to Flood. He was nigh on perfect.

    I’m still buzzing about this victory.

  2. I am so happy that we are screaming for more than 12 months for Lawes, Foden , Ashton, Youngs etc etc and now we play the rugby we want to see. I agree on Flood having a perfect game to be honest. I was impresse by Palmer and now that Lawes is the no.1 Lock we have lots of opportunities there. Shaw, Attwood, Kennedy (I keep repeating, one deay I will be heard), Palmer Great. I disagree on Easter. Thought he should deserve at least a 7 or 8.

  3. I disagree on Easter as well, I think he’s a handy rock to have in the back row, and he played pretty well on Saturday.

    I was hugely impressed by Palmer, and this was his best England game by some distance, and likewise for Hape – I might even have given him an 8!

    Exciting times, can’t wait for the next game already.

  4. A bt harsh on Hartly and Easter – I know Hartley threw a terrible ball that lead to an Aussie try but the rest of his game was excellent. Bith should have got 7’s

  5. Just not sure about Easter. my argument is that what he does, the basics, he does well. but then again, someone like narraway can do the basics well also.

    Tindall runs in slow motion but seems to get over the gain line.

    I saw the game at twickers and Courtney Lawes really stood out. what an athlete with good hands.hen made some tackles which no ordinary 6.7 bloke could make – ashtonishing.

    Croft as i have always maintained is world class and when England play at this level, he looks superb.

  6. I think Easter brings a lot of value to the team that he doesn’t always get the credit for. I’ve never been a huge fan, but he does a job and will be a part of this side for the next 12 months if he stays fit.

    Agree with you on Lawes, he is phenomenal. And I like what you’ve done with Ashtonishing – is that a new adjective for a breakaway solo try?

  7. Ashtonishing, yes.

    the great thing about ashton is he doesnt take himself seriously at all and seems like a top bloke.

    MJ absolutely loves Easter so its a moot point as hes gonna play him whatever.
    A little worried we may come unstuck v SA.

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