15. Ben Foden 6
Good under the high ball and looked for work on the counter attack. Never seemed to hit top speed though. Good work for Ashton’s second try.
14. Chris Ashton 6
Two tries for the first time since February, both coming late in the game. Overall though, disappointing. Didn’t come inside hunting for work as much as we’re used to seeing him do, and showed how well he can play when he does do that for his first try running off Tom Wood.
13. Manu Tuilagi 7
Harshly penalised for a tackle that gave Georgia three points. Ran a nice line for his try and was composed in defence.
12. Shontayne Hape 8
His first points for England came through two tries in the first 20 minutes of the match. Good awareness for the first score, and the second one was well taken. Big in defence. His best performance.
11. Delon Armitage 7
Could have had two scores, one correctly ruled out by the TMO. Pace is excellent, and looked sharp in the tight channels. His shirt to lose.
10. Toby Flood 6
11 points from a possible 15, didn’t seem to fully take control of the match from 10. Combination with Youngs looked good. More to come from him.
9. Ben Youngs 6
Spoke of his frustration with the forwards conceding countless penalties. Unable to break around the fringes where Georgia were dominant. Still England’s best scrum half though.
1. Matt Stevens 5
Good in the scrum, but disappointing as he gave away 4 of England’s 14 penalties. Tough battle between himself and Corbisiero for the loosehead spot.
2. Dylan Hartley 5
Similar to Stevens, indiscipline let him down in what was a big chance to win the starting hooker shirt back off Steve Thompson. His yellow card paved the way for the Georgian try. Lineout solid.
3. Dan Cole 6
The best of the front row. Industrious, involved in the rucks, and very good at the scrum. Consistent, never spectacular.
4. Simon Shaw 8
A genetic miracle. How he does it at 38 is unknown, but Shaw’s carries in the loose and his combination with Tom Palmer were great.
5. Tom Palmer 7
Simply has to be selected over Louis Deacon. Dominated the lineout, and not impartial to a good carry himself. Key operator.
6. Tom Wood 6
His first World Cup start, and had a big task on his hands to try and contain the brutal Georgians. Nice break for Ashton’s first try.
7. Lewis Moody 6
Good to see him play without suffering any serious problem to his dodgy knee. Threw himself into the tackles, great commitment, but his role as captain is to ensure his side do not keep giving away stupid penalties.
8. James Haskell 7
Just about did well enough to be be in a position to criticise his team mates for not putting in enough. England’s most physical forward along with Shaw, a big reason why he should always be selected.
Steve Thompson, Tom Croft and Alex Corbisiero all impressed upon coming onto the field, as did Joe Simpson who was making his England debut at scrum-half. Matt Banahan on the other hand was atrocious. Every good run he made was followed up by either terrible handling or a dodgy offload. Sonny Bill Williams he is not.
by Ben Coles