15. Ben Foden – 7
Looked threatening. A couple of nice breaks, one up the right where the bounce was unlucky, another where he was caught by Paterson. Solid under the high ball.
14. Chris Ashton – 7
Couldn’t find the spaces, but kept on coming inside looking for work. One very dodgy offload in the tackle put England in a perilous position.
13. Mike Tindall – 6
Off at half-time, Tindall managed to get turned over and concede a penalty within the opening few minutes. Willing as always, but there must be better options?
12. Shontayne Hape – 6
Again unspectacular. His tackle rate was huge, probably the main reason behind him keeping his spot, but he did not break the line as expected, which is essentially his job. I still feel there is more to come from him though.
11. Mark Cueto – 7
Always probing and causing concern, Cueto’s hands were crucial in the build up to Croft’s try. Essential player.
10. Toby Flood – 6
Jonny made him look bad. Kicked at goal well with just the one miss, but hindered by a lack of depth from his runners, and couldn’t get England over the game line.
9. Ben Youngs – 6
Again, struggled. Clearly frustrated with the way the breakdown went after the game, and the way Scotland played negatively. It would seem their tactics worked.
1. Alex Corbisiero – 6
Growing into the role, played well in a dominant scrum. Would like to see him do more in the loose.
2. Dylan Hartley – 6
Solid. Efficient. Far from dynamic. Again, a good runner with the ball who we did not see enough of.
3. Dan Cole – 8
Hard to believe he’s only 23. Won numerous penalties at scrum-time, had a couple of enjoyable runs in the loose and won his first line out where he, and I quote, “sprang like a salmon.” Nice.
4. Louis Deacon – 8
Actually thought this was the best he has played. His style may not be attractive, but in these types of games it’s not needed. The main man at line out time.
5. Tom Palmer – 7
Was always going to be hard to follow up his exceptional performance against France. Gray and Kellock offered a stern challenge. In charge of the mauls which were very reliable.
6. Tom Wood – 6
Fine. Lots of quality back row work, and could have scored. Outshone by his fellow flanker though.
7. James Haskell – 8
Man of the Match? Sure. Loves a big run, and had plenty of them, including the key one when Ben Foden nearly went over. But would he be your first choice?
8. Nick Easter – 7
Thought his running game was excellent. Good break and offload at the start of the second half that sent Ashton into the 22, which was nearly finished by Wood. Mr Reliable.
Substitutes – 7
Wilkinson’s introduction changed the game. England were sharper, brighter, faster. He must start next week. Good work from the fresh heavies as well, Thompson, Doran-Jones, Shaw and of course the try scorer, Croft.