Foden – 7
One wild pass out of the tackle put England under big pressure in the first half. Purposeful in attack and solid under the high ball.
Ashton – 6
Uncertainty as to whether he should have stayed on the pitch after an early knock. Worked hard, but couldn’t find the space to threaten as he has over the last couple of works.
Tindall – 6
His defence was excellent, but questions over whether he has enough to give in attack.
Hape – 7
Impressive, will have learned massively from this Autumn series. Far from the finished article though.
Cueto – 7
England’s best back, iconic shot of his blood-stained shirt at full time. Still no tries though.
Flood – 6
Went off too early for a real judgement but has had a great Autumn.
Youngs – 5
Bullied and hassled by the Springbok monster pack, will not have enjoyed playing all day on the back foot. A learning curve.
Sheridan – 8
Tough day at the scrum but his loose work was again excellent. In fine form.
Hartley – 5
Lineout simply wasn’t good enough, failure to secure own possession cost England field position time and again.
Cole – 5
Looked pretty sore afterwards as the scrum creaked, the Beast claiming another scalp.
Lawes – 8
Ran himself into the ground. Led by example and physically was more than up to the challenge. Such an exciting prospect.
Palmer – 6
Hands were too slow when England had a chance late on, and struggled up against Matfield. Has had an impressive Autumn though.
Croft – 7
Another casualty, but his early run down the left touch line was wonderful to watch. Lineout crumbled without his presence.
Moody – 6
In the thick of it as ever, some big collisions and put good pressure on Steyn when kicking. Not exceptional though.
Easter – 7
Along with Lawes, relished the physical encounter coming up against Spies. Got over the gain line plenty of times. Hard work.
Charlie Hodgson acquitted himself well but lacks the conviction of Flood at 10, whilst Hendre Fourie continued to impress after coming on for Croft. Steve Thompson and David Wilson gave some fresh impetus to the pack with their arrival late on.
by Ben Coles