RBS 6 Nations 2011: Wales Player Ratings versus England

James Hook – 6
Criminally under utilised at full back, but a solid showing nonetheless. Really needs to be the Welsh playmaker, in exactly what position though remains to be seen.

Morgan Stoddart – 6
Will have been content with his return to test rugby, after a two year absence, which included a well taken try. Mightily unlucky to be denied the chance to build on his display at Murrayfield next week.

Jamie Roberts – 5
Will always possess a physical threat, but offered very little in the outside centre position. Struggled to impose himself on the game sufficiently.

Jonathan Davies – 6
Wales’ most potent attacking threat, but did not get his hands on the ball enough in the right areas to truly test the English defence, other than his fine assist. Will probably find himself cited for a moment of madness, after his trip on Chris Ashton.

Shane Williams – 5
Tried in vain to get involved in the match, but was well-contained by the English defence. Will improve with more game time under his belt.

Stephen Jones – 5
Apart from an early scuffed penalty, a typically dependable showing from Jones. However, Wales would perhaps have been hoping for a bit more spark from their ten.

Mike Phillips – 4
A real lack of accuracy and variation from the Ospreys’ scrum-half. The 28-year-old appears unable to shake off the tunnel vision that has blighted his game over the last twelve months or so.

Paul James – 5
Competed well at scrum time and helped to minimise England’s advantage in this area, but offered very little in the loose.

Matthew Rees – 5
A quiet game from Wales’s captain, who was in all truth second rate compared to his opposite number Dylan Hartley.

Craig Mitchell – 5
A Six Nations baptism of fire for the 24-year-old, but was not exposed for his relative inexperience. However, a naïve yellow carding put a real dampener on his night.

Bradley Davies – 7
The standout Welsh forward. Carried effectively over the course of the eighty minutes and is just getting better and better for Wales.

Alun Wyn Jones – 5
In contrast to his partner in the second row, he was largely anonymous with ball in hand, but to a certain extent made up for it with a high work rate in defence.

Dan Lydiate – 6
Not quite in the same bracket as Bradley Davies, but put in a real workmanlike display on the blindside.

Sam Warbuton – 6
Tackled his heart out and was in a real arm-wrestle with the English back row all night. But was lacking as a force with ball in hand.

Ryan Jones – 6
Replaced Andy Powell after half an hour. An improvement from the autumn, but lacking in the necessary power to give sides like England much cause for concern.