15. Mike Brown: 8.5
As solid as ever at the back and counter attacked with real purpose. Second try in as many games was a deserved return for the man who never seems to have a bad game.
14. Jack Nowell: 6.5
Built on last week and has that knack of popping up on the shoulder of the ball carrier, which will surely start paying try-scoring dividends at some stage. Showed some lovely footwork to set up Mike Brown for the try that secured England’s win in the second half.
13. Luther Burrell: 6.5
Another try from Burrell who picked a good line on his way to the whitewash, but the fact that no Scottish defender in the first line of defence laid a hand on him tells you more about their defensive disorganisation than anything else. Still feel like there is more to come from him.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 7
Better from Twelvetrees, who tailored his game intelligently to the conditions – which were awful. Showed that he can make the hard yards with several powerful runs over the gainline, and there were some booming kicks as well as one beautiful pass fizzed off his right hand to put Jonny May away down the left hand touchline.
11. Jonny May: 8
After a quiet first half May burst into life in the second forty, showing off his dazzling footwork to beat seven defenders and make 92 metres with ball in hand. Certainly adds the ‘X Factor’ that has been missing from the English backline for so long.
10. Owen Farrell: 7
Missed a few kicks he would have expected to get, but the conditions underfoot made that difficult. What mattered more was the way he again took the ball to the line and committed defenders before bringing the rest of the backline into the game. Tactical kicking was also significantly better than his opposite number.
9. Danny Care: 7.5
Care is certainly taking his chance in the starting berth and put in another dangerous performance from just behind the pack. A smartly-taken drop goal early on was the icing on game in which Care’s darting kept the Scotland fringe defence honest, never more obvious than for the Burrell try.
1. Joe Marler: 7
Another solid display from Marler, who formed part of a front row that shunted the Scottish pack backwards, and there were also a couple of immensely powerful tackles.
2. Dylan Hartley: 8
In tough conditions Hartley’s lineout delivery was perfect – his partnership with Lawes in this area really is improving every game. Also carried strongly.
3. Dan Cole: 7.5
Eradicated the scrummaging issues from last weekend and is like an extra back row forward at the breakdown at times. Has more than earned a weekend off after missing just five minutes of the opening two rounds – a huge stint for a prop.
4. Joe Launchbury: 6.5
A typically industrious performance from Launchbury was somewhat overshadowed by the rest of the pack’s sterling performance, but he again didn’t put a foot wrong.
5. Courtney Lawes: 8
Behind Vunipola he was England’s most industrious ball carrier, but it was his aggression in the tackle that stood out most. He smashed Scottish runners back, never allowing them to build any momentum and, crucially, tempered his aggression with accuracy – he did not miss a tackle all game.
6. Tom Wood: 6.5
Like Launchbury, Wood had a quietly effective game without ever standing out. Probably could have done a bit more in a game that was made for his no-nonsense style of play.
7. Chris Robshaw: 7
England’s captain, as always, led by example, snaffling any loose ball on the floor and ending as their top tackler, making 12.
8. Billy Vunipola: 8
Just as in Paris last weekend, big Billy Vunipola was the most devastating ball carrier on the park. He made 58 metres from an impressive 16 carries, beating six defenders in the process – only the elusive Jonny May managed more. There was also a box office offload that Kieran Read would have been proud of. Maturing into the complete number eight.
The bench did not have the same debilitating effect as last weekend as Lancaster left it a lot later to bring anyone on, but the replacements did not offer a great deal of impetus when they finally did enter the fray either.
The biggest negative was Tom Youngs’ lineout throwing – his work at club level this season has been exemplary, but he just does not seem to work that effectively with Courtney Lawes for whatever reason. Mako Vunipola and Ben Morgan both carried strongly but did not really have enough time to show off their extensive talents.
The backs did little to add any dynamism or attacking intent to the game, and it has to be asked what the point of having Brad Barritt on the bench was when someone like George Ford or Anthony Watson could have benefitted from their first experience of international rugby.
By Jamie Hosie
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