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.