Players Ratings: England v Samoa

England v Samoa

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

Photo: Patrick Khachfe/Onside Images

5 thoughts on “Players Ratings: England v Samoa

  1. Good ratings I reckon. Agree with Paddy on Wilson though – probably a 7. I think it was a good solid performance – no real standouts (maybe Hape) but nobody let themselves down.

  2. Pretty solid scores, can’t argue with most but Palmer was a 6 at most for me. “Dynamic in the loose”, the guy made 1 yard with ball in hand.

  3. Pretty much agree too. Not too much we can read in to this game all round really. I’d rather see us get an indifferent game out of our system against Samoa than against the Boks. We have to improve and make sure we beat them on Saturday now.

    Pleasing that despite an average performance, my country at least managed to beat a mid-tier nation from the Pacific on our own turf. If we hadn’t managed that I’d be mortified. Or Welsh!

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