Ben Foden – 6
Couldn’t impose himself on the game and struggled to make any impact. Along with Ashton, he’d clearly been identified as a key threat.
Chris Ashton – 4
Ireland had him well-covered, and I think we saw what happens to England when the opposition work them out.
Matt Banahan – 4
Brian O’Driscoll opposite made him look very ordinary indeed, and I think Tindall’s leadership was missed in the midfield.
Shontayne Hape – 4
England’s midfield was bereft of ideas on how to live with Ireland, and a little more creativity at 12 would no go amiss. I don’t really remember him doing anything.
Mark Cueto – 6
Another who failed to make any real impact, and the Irish defence was just too good.
Toby Flood – 4
Appeared to be playing a little deeper and didn’t have such a good platform to work behind, but this was almost the opposite of the calm, composed Flood we saw against Wales.
Ben Youngs – 3
Oh dear. He really did look like a small boy out of his depth, and it was hard not to feel sorry for him. Got turned over a couple of times, and that sin-binning was just irritating.
Alex Corbisiero – 5
England’s expected supremacy up front didn’t materialise, and Corbisiero had a tough day at the office. Great experience for the future, but Sheridan will be back.
Dylan Hartley – 6
Threw well in slippery conditions, and did his best to cause problems in the loose, but the scrum wasn’t pretty.
Dan Cole – 6
Cole had a reasonable game, but presumbly needs to take some of the blame for England’s poor scrum against an unfancied Irish pack.
Louis Deacon – 4
Another fairly anonymous game, and as a relatively senior player in this England side, I would have liked to see him show a bit more leadership when it was clearly lacking.
Tom Palmer – 5
Only played for 25 minutes before his injury, so not easy to rate, and losing him probably did make a difference, thinking about some of the performances he’s put in over the last few weeks.
Tom Wood – 6
Outclassed by the Irish back row, but you could say that about nearly every player and his opposite man. Impressive work rate though.
James Haskell – 5
Also made to look ordinary by David Wallace opposite him, and England missed an out-and-out openside flanker. Moody would have relished this game a little more.
Nick Easter – 5
Tough day for the new captain as well, but leadership was certainly lacking. He should have got his troops together to regroup, but with no Plan B to turn to, what would he have said?