15. Ben Foden – 7
Shone at the back. It’s been a tournament of little excitement going forward for the Northampton man but his try was well deserved.
14. Chris Ashton – 5
Hunted for the ball more frequently, but to little effect. The penalty he gave away was needless and petulant. Out of shape.
13. Manu Tuilagi – 7
So important to England. Great finish for the try, left the French defence worrying.
12. Brad Barritt – 7
Subdued by Fofana, but nevertheless put in a series of big tackles. First class work rate.
11. Charlie Sharples – 5
A whirlwind first start and it showed. Will grow into the role.
10. Owen Farrell – 7
Mixed afternoon that ended on top. Tackling was outstanding. Some kicks were wayward, others spot on.
9. Lee Dickson – 6
Making full use of the rules with regards to time at the back of the ruck. Important tackle on Poitrenaud.
1. Alex Corbisiero – 6
Up and down in the scrum. Great defensive effort again. Has secured the number 1 shirt.
2. Dylan Hartley – 5
Dogged as always, though he hasn’t grabbed the spotlight at all this year.
3. Dan Cole – 7
Very good. Scrummaged excellently, put himself about and even produced a couple of try-saving tackles.
4. Mouritz Botha – 5
Knock early on left him dazed throughout. If Lawes had been on the bench would have been replaced much sooner.
5. Goeff Parling – 7
Not easy to run a lineout threatened by Imanol Harinordoquy. His carrying and defence were very good in the second half.
6. Tom Croft – 8
That’s better. Crucial steals at the lineout, powerful runs in the loose, plus the all important try. His best performance for some time.
7. Chris Robshaw – 6
Yet to have a Thierry Dusautoir level of performance, but highly praised by his team mates.
8. Ben Morgan – 7
What a burst in the build-up to Ben Foden’s second try. Surprising pace for such a big man. Needs to be able to play full 80 minutes.
Phil Dowson’s brave intervention on Fofana was crucial. Palmer also did well, whilst Rob Webber will not be too eager to pack down at blindside flanker any time soon.
by Ben Coles