Foden – 7
Again purposeful in attack, was unlucky his first half try was disallowed. A constant headache for the opposition.
Ashton – 7
Didn’t go as well as last week, but was always eager to find the ball, taking some neat inside passes off Toby Flood. Worked hard.
Banahan – 7
Solid as expected, took his try well and was on hand for the interception that led to Croft’s decisive score. Case still open on whether he is a Test 13.
Hape – 8
His best performance yet. Elusive, soft hands, and a first half run one esteemed media pundit described as reminiscent of the great Jeremy Guscott. Developing every week.
Cueto – 7
Must have been begging for Danny Care to pass when England broke for the second try. Grafted solidly once again.
Flood – 7
Showed his full repertoire. Less time on the ball than last week, but remained solid.
Youngs – 6
Couldn’t get going like last week and his frustration was obvious. An experience that he will learn from.
Sheridan – 8
Demolished the Samoan scrum and seems to be enjoying a carry more than in previous years.
Hartley – 6
Lineout wasn’t perfect, but played his part in the advantage at scrum-time.
Wilson – 6
Will have enjoyed a start, and again part of an effective scrum. Spent most of the game unseen, so he must have been doing something right.
Lawes – 7
Looks so comfortable in the shirt that it’s hard to imagine anyone replacing him. Good hands in the loose.
Palmer – 7
Again dynamic in the loose, will have relished the physicality of the Samoans.
Haskell – 6
First start for some time. Nothing too flash, and made way for try-scorer Croft early on. Battled throughout.
Fourie – 8
Carried on from impressing off the bench the week before. Some excellent running, matching the Samoans in terms of physicality. More than capable at this level.
Easter – 7
The stand-in captain was better than last week. Stood up and rallied the troops when the pressure was on following the Samoan try.
by Ben Coles