15. Ben Foden – 5
A calamitous couple of errors before half-time put England in a tricky position. Normally so error-free, Foden picked himself up but this was far from his best performance as he missed a few high balls.
14. Chris Ashton – 6
Indiscipline for a needless push on Tobias Botes could have cost England if earlier kicks had been successful. Needs to come infield working for the ball more.
13. Brad Barritt – 7
Getting better the more time he seems to spend on the international stage. More big tackles, worked hard in attack.
12. Owen Farrell – 8
England’s star. Five pressure kicks in horrendous conditions, all successful. Blossoming at this level.
11. David Strettle – 6
Another good if not inspiring performance from the Saracen. Needs more from his midfield to start getting better opportunities.
10. Charlie Hodgson – 6
Another crucial charge down led to England’s only try of the game again for the second time in a week. Showed glimpses of his excellent passing game with Dickson’s arrival.
9. Ben Youngs – 5
Frustrating for both supporters and himself, Youngs failed to create the quick ball he so desperately wanted. Some wayward box kicks and moments of indecision marked him down significantly.
1. Alex Corbisiero – 7
Arguably his best game for his country. The London Irish prop got the best out of the scrum as the match went on, and made some eye-catching carries in the loose.
2. Dylan Hartley – 6
The lineout was a concern as Hartley and Palmer failed to secure possession at key moments. Also appeared to pop up at the scrum on a regular basis. Must improve.
3. Dan Cole – 7
A good shift at the scrum and plenty of tackles from the Leicester prop. More versatile than people give him credit for.
4. Mouritz Botha – 6
Hard to miss him with that scrum cap isn’t it? Another good effort from England’s current enforcer.
5. Tom Palmer – 7
Committed and coped well with the pressure at the lineout form Bortolami and co. Still essential to England at 32.
6. Tom Croft – 6
Better this week from Croft. Plenty of big tackles and some good runs, you cannot fault his work-rate.
7. Chris Robshaw – 7
Looks every inch an international player. Physical and committed, he put in a fair shift of tackles and helped rally a stunned England after half-time. Good leadership.
8. Phil Dowson – 6
Exploded into the match but was outdone physically on too many occasions. Morgan’s good performances from the bench didn’t help his cause.
Morgan and Dickson’s impact was crucial, turning up the tempo and putting England on the front foot. Good shifts from Webber and Parling.
by Ben Coles