15. Ben Foden – 8
The sole try scorer, never troubled by the high ball. A confirmation of his international class, Foden is now up there with Beale and Muliaina. His best performance so far this year.
14. Chris Ashton – 7
Perhaps unlucky with the disallowed try, but another assured performance. Was never going to have the same space to operate in as against Italy, but worked hard. Arguably squandered a great opportunity with Clerc ahead of him.
13. Mike Tindall – 8
Relentless. Huge physical presence, his pass may not be the greatest, but his runs and hits were massive. Really impressive.
12. Shontayne Hape – 6
Far from perfect, he and Tindall appear too similar to really work in tandem with each other. Some crucial missed tackles, but generally good defence.
11. Mark Cueto – 7
Once again England’s Mr. Reliable. Big with the boot, his juggle nearly ruined the try but all in all a good innings.
10. Toby Flood – 7
His worst game for a while. Goal-kicking was perfect, but looked rushed and hurried and did not like it.
9. Ben Youngs – 6
Worst performance in an England shirt. Some really bad distribution and knock ons cost his side field position and momentum too often.
1. Andrew Sheridan – 7
Good scrummaging when he was on the pitch, but another injury is a concern.
2. Dylan Hartley – 8
Should consider spending less time out wide, but loves a scuffle and a battle and relished this one. Maturing.
3. Dan Cole – 8
His South African nightmare was banished. Faced the best loosehead in the world, and beat him. The first scrum was a joy to behold.
4. Louis Deacon – 6
Can’t deny how much effort he puts in, as much as anyone else if not more. Found myself wishing for Lawes’ extra physicality though during the second half.
5. Tom Palmer – 9
Deservedly man of the match. Made the try, ruled the skies. Not now just one of England’s best locks, but becoming one of the world’s best.
6. Tom Wood – 7
Big, big effort from Wood. I’d expressed a concern about him facing the ominous French back row beforehand, but had nothing to worry about. Up to challenge of test rugby.
7. James Haskell – 6
No Moody, but a more than able deputy. Kept pace with Harinordoquy and grafted hard, but committed a couple of handling errors.
8. Nick Easter – 8
Loves the big games doesn’t he? Like Hartley, much more suited to the trench-like games such as this one, and put in a great performance.
Substitutes – 8
Corbisiero overcame a tricky confrontation with Mas, confirming what has been suspected that he is good enough to play at this level. Jonny’s kick was simply world-class. As many said afterwards, there’s only one person who can do that. Good effort.