15. Ben Foden: 5/10
Was pretty anonymous for most of the game due to lack of possession. Made a couple of breaks later on, with one nearly resulting in a try. A rare off day for Foden but on past form and a possible start against Ireland, he should make the final 30.
14. Matt Banahan: 4/10
Not one of Banahan’s best games in an England shirt. Was a late replacement for the injured Chris Ashton and could have scored a try in the first half, but a great tackle from Shane Williams put stop to that. Still not a definite for the plane to New Zealand, he will have to work hard to impress Martin Johnson.
13. Mike Tindall: 5/10
An average display at best from Tindall. He tried to lead from the front and made a good break in the first half, it was just the pass after that failed him. Will make the travelling squad but the pressure is on him to perform if he gets the chance against Ireland.
12. Shontayne Hape: 2/10
An 80 minutes to forget for Shontayne Hape. He still doesn’t look comfortable in an England shirt as attempted attacking moves waned when the ball reached him. Both centres lacked the creativity and imagination that is needed at this level of the game. There is something about Hape that Johnson seems to like, but this hasn’t been shown on the pitch yet.
11. Mark Cueto: 4/10
Like his fellow members in the back three, Cueto struggled to get his hands on the ball. A very quiet game from him, but the same went for his opposite number, George North. Might get in the team for Ireland but having played in both Wales games, his experience should get him on the plane.
10. Toby Flood: 4/10
Despite having a good kicking game with attacking intent, perhaps Flood should have been instructed to kick at goal more to keep the scoreboard ticking over when penalties were given within his range. The pressure is there from Jonny Wilkinson for who starts in that number 10 jersey but that shouldn’t faze Flood.
9. Richard Wigglesworth: 3/10
Went off early on in the first half with a knock but should hopefully come back to press Joe Simpson for the final scrum-half berth behind Ben Youngs and Danny Care.
1. Alex Corbisiero: 7/10
Was dominant at loosehead, particularly against Craig Mitchell in the scrum, where repeated penalties on the 5 metre line would have spelled a penalty try but not according to Alain Rolland. Still needs work on his handling skills but is generally improving with every game.
2. Steve Thompson: 8/10
England’s star man. Was secure with his line out throwing and showed his experience by leading the front row in the scrum. Also managed to break through the gain line, something that was a rarity for England in general over the course of the match. Will definitely go to New Zealand.
3. Dan Cole: 7/10
A good all round game for the Leicester tighthead as there was no weak link in the front row. There are slight improvements that do need making but overall he did his job and he did it well. Should be in Johnson’s first choice XV for the World Cup.
4. Louis Deacon: 6/10
One half of the engine room behind the front row and sealed plenty of possession from the lineout in combination with Lawes. Was quiet in the open but did what was asked of him. He still has some pressing to do to compete with Lawes and Palmer for the starting shirts but will go to New Zealand in the squad.
5. Courtney Lawes: 6/10
It’s good to see Courtney Lawes back. He had a solid game, particularly in the lineout and should start against Ireland in a game that England will want to go out on a high from. Lawes will just keep improving with the more game time he gets, an exciting prospect.
6. Tom Wood: 5/10
Despite being over-shadowed by the excellence of Wales’s back row, there were signs of brightness, with Tom Wood standing out above his two colleagues. He didn’t disappoint against Wales, but his form from this year’s Six Nations needs to be found. Wood will go to New Zealand, and he will press Croft and Haskell for the blindside jersey.
7. Hendre Fourie: 4/10
It’s always hard to judge when your opposite number has been named man of the match, but Fourie, though busy at the breakdown, just contributed to providing slow ball to be distributed to the backs. With Moody injured, Fourie needs to improve, but better opensides will not be scared of him.
8. Nick Easter: 4/10
A quiet game for someone who is a big presence on the pitch a lot of the time, it felt as though Easter was a bit lost in this match. This is worrying as he has been the first choice number 8 for a while. He should get a second chance against Ireland.
16. Lee Mears
Replaced Steve Thompson in the second half and impressed with his line out throwing, continuing what Thompson had started. His impact in other areas of the game was limited.
17. Matt Stevens
Came on for Alex Corbisiero with just under 20 minutes left in the game. He proved why he should be on the plane for New Zealand last week when playing at tighthead but was given the chance at loosehead this week, showing his versatility on both sides of the scrum.
18. Tom Palmer
Came on for Louis Deacon with 13 minutes left on the clock. Did not really make an impact during that time.
19. James Haskell
Came on at openside for Fourie and got involved in the game straight away but struggled to penetrate the gain line thanks to Wales’s excellent defence. Can pack down in any of the back row positions but will that just leave him as an impact player come the World Cup?
20. Danny Care: 6/10
Due to Wigglesworth’s knock, Care came onto the pitch sooner than expected and he made a definite impact. The break from the line out in the first half was excellent from him but there are still issues about his ball distribution.
21. Charlie Hodgson
Came on late on in the match for Toby Flood so didn’t have the chance to make much of an impact on the game.
22. Delon Armitage: 6/10
Added some pace and variety when he came on the pitch for Mike Tindall. Had a good game last week at Twickenham and had a good cameo appearance this week, setting up Foden for his break. Is pushing Foden hard for that starting full back jersey and it’s good to see him back on form.