RWC 2011: England Player Ratings against Georgia

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

4 thoughts on “RWC 2011: England Player Ratings against Georgia

  1. Not too many arguments with what you say. I didn’t think we were brilliant but didn’t think we were as bad as has been made out either. The Georgians played a very good game.

    However might have marked the backrow down a bit as most of our problems stemmed from the breakdown area which is what they are meant to sort out.

    Beginning to get a bit worried that Haskell is starting to believe that he is Dallaglio, at least when off the field!

  2. Floyd Mayweather says that he hasnt had many KOs recently because bad boxers go into survival mode. I think the same can be said at the World Cup, the minnows of the World Cup are putting in some good performances but the real teams will always run away to a unanimous decision. Important thing is to get a win against these guys and learn from it.

  3. Can’t argue with those, overall decent enough, couple of disappointments, couple of encouraging displays. Fingers crossed they’re building up to the knock-out stages.

  4. I’d say Stevens has done enough to secure the place for now. He did give away some silly penalties, but he puts himself about and carries pretty well. Clearly Hartley has shot himself in the foot. Thommo a feisty bugger and a good guy to have on your team.

    We are weak in the tackle (watch them, they go high, too soft and often it takes two to slow someone down). Too slow and lacking ferocity at the breakdown (after 2-3 seconds it’s over, you have to be there fast and get stuck in immediately – most of the stupid penalties come when players are trying to turn over or slow the ball down when it’s too late). Fourie should be in the mix. And no power or speed when we do win the rucks – short ball big ball carriers standing still or ambling forward. What is the coaching team doing FFS? It must be very hard to grind players who perform at a much higher level in the premiership down to this level of crap.

    Flood has to be first choice now. Youngs a no-brainer. Tough choice at 12 – Tindall or Hape?! Give me Flutey any day. Let’s hope Waldrom comes straight into the XV (not going to happen, but Easter is useless and Haskell, while improved, is not an 8, and we ain’t got anybody else).

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