Morgan Stoddart: 7
Bad luck has been an unfortunate aspect of Stoddart’s career, with a series of career threatening injuries. A late addition to the Welsh starting line-up, he was confident and threatening on the ball, providing the assist for the opening Welsh score. Sadly a cruel leg break that ended his afternoon along with any World Cup hopes he may have had.
George North: 8
North has composure that belies his inexperience in professional rugby, with two well-taken scores. The opening try was a superb finish for a chance Wales looked to have potentially blown.
Jonathan Davies: 6
Gatland’s persistence with playing Davies at outside centre looked questionable again. The Scarlet’s lack of genuine pace was evident as he struggled to breach the English defence. A few inventive touches, but on the whole ineffective.
Jamie Roberts: 7
Made hay at the gain line, with several big carries over the game line. Wales however need Roberts’ to look for contact less.
Shane Williams: 6
Roamed around looking for opportunities to get involved in the game, but found little joy, other than the second Welsh try. Comedy moment when he ran sideways looking for a gap and ended up tripping over Roberts.
Rhys Priestland: 7
The 24-year-old justified his first start in test rugby with an assured display. After a cautious opening, Priestland impressed as the game broke-up. Now a World Cup certainty, due to his versatility.
Mike Phillips: 5
Arguably a victim of Wales’ failure to recycle ball quickly enough, but Phillips’ decision-making was questionable throughout, topped off with a hideously misjudged American Football style dive for the try line.
Paul James: 4
Totally outplayed by his English counterparts, a negative afternoon for James capped off by the non-tackle that allowed Manu Tullagi to cruise through for his try.
Huw Bennett: 5
Some good carries and accurate throwing in at the lineout, but faded as the game wore on.
Craig Mitchell: 4
Exeter-bound Mitchell’s lack of experience appeared to catch up with him, as he endured a miserable game. Smashed in the scrum and missed tackles galore.
Bradley Davies: 6
Probably the only Welsh forward to physically impose himself sufficiently, but as a consequence struggled to make significant inroads into the English defence.
Alun Wyn Jones: 5
Not powerful enough in contact, an anonymous figure for large stretches of the game. The Ospreys’ second-row display was only salvaged by his lineout jumping.
Dan Lydiate: 5
A quiet game for the Dragons’ flanker, proving to be unproductive as a ball carrier. But as ever an impressive work rate at the breakdown.
Sam Warburton: 6
Arguably weighed down by the pressures of captaincy, with a below par performance in the opening hour. However, as Wales began to move onto the front foot in the final quarter, the 22-year-old exploded into life, with a handful of clean breaks.
Toby Faletau: 5
Hot prospect Faletau struggled to find a footing in the game as Wales’s pick and go approach faltered, leaving him exposed to the big guns of England’s pack.