15. Alex Goode – 4.5
Doesn’t seem to have the time on the ball that he used to. When he is pressured, he just seems to lack half a yard of pace to get him out of trouble. Plenty of endeavour (he was England’s top carrier) but not enough incision in his runs.
14. Chris Ashton – 3.5
The clamour for him to be replaced has surely now reached breaking point. He is still tries hard to have an influence on games, but he has been worked out. So suspect defensively that it is getting embarrassing. Comprehensively outplayed by North, and in the space of a championship has probably played himself off the plane to Australia.
13. Manu Tuilagi – 4
Well shackled by Welsh midfield pair, and was exposed as England’s sole attacking option – although that is not his fault. Dropped a clanger in the opening exchanges when there looked to be a good chance developing, and was also guilty of ignoring overlaps to go himself on a couple of occasions.
12. Brad Barritt – 5
Barritt’s assessment every week is becoming very easy to write. Solid defensively but what else did he offer? On a day when Tuilagi was marshalled out of the game there needed to be more from Barritt in attack. Offers no spark whatsoever, and at some point his defensive brilliance must be sacrificed for someone who can get the men outside him firing.
11. Mike Brown – 5
One superb, try-saving tap tackle on George North was sadly undermined by two missed tackles that led to tries. For the first he was swatted away by Cuthbert and for the second he was guilty of indecision as he allowed Tipuric to pass him and then offload to the winger without stopping either of them.
10. Owen Farrell – 5.5
Another mixed bag for Farrell, whose tactical kicking was excellent where his place kicking wasn’t. He is another who must take some blame for the lack of creativity in the backs. There was a superb try-saving tackle on George North, however, for which he does earn some credit.
9. Ben Youngs – 5
Easily lost his individual battle with Mike Phillips, but to be behind a pack that is being so comprehensively beaten up is never easy for a scrum half. Some sideways runs seemed aimless and a couple of passes went to ground – far from his finest afternoon.
1. Joe Marler – 3
Taught a lesson by Adam Jones. Anyone who is replaced four minutes into the second half knows they have had a bad game, and Marler’s was pretty awful. Obviously not entirely to blame for the frailties at the scrum, but at the same time he was shown up fairly horrifically.
2. Tom Youngs – 5
A tough afternoon for the still vastly inexperienced hooker. His work-rate is second to none and, like many others, there were some valiant tackles, but it was not enough. The line-out wobbled at times, too, and he was part of a front row that was destroyed.
3. Dan Cole – 4.5
Not quite as bad as Marler, but still an eye-opening afternoon for Cole. Another to have potentially ceded his Lions starting spot to his Welsh rival, the Leicester prop was ineffectual in the scrum and unusually quiet at the breakdown, where the Welsh back-row ruled.
4. Joe Launchbury – 5
Overawed by the physicality of his Welsh counterparts, Launchbury was part of a pack that was bulldozed into submission. Bags of potential and still the future in this position, but, as with the rest of the English forwards, he spent the afternoon tackling and being knocked backwards.
5. Geoff Parling – 5.5
Along with Launchbury did not provide the ballast that England needed in the scrums as they were marched backwards on several occasions. He made 17 tackles – an impressive number – but was unable to assert himself in the loose.
6. Tom Croft – 4.5
As with everyone else he was full of effort and did not shirk the physical stuff, but ironically this meant he couldn’t really show any of the blistering pace he possesses. Won plenty of ball at the line-out but was outclassed at the contact area against Wales’ duo of open-sides.
7. Chris Robshaw – 5.5
Superb attitude in never giving in and a monstrous effort in the first half to just about keep parity with the Welsh, but as the game wore on his influence gradually diminished. Lost the break-down battle which is bound to reignite the ‘true seven’ debate – Wales had two and England had none.
8. Tom Wood – 5
Another titanic stint in defence but was part of a pack that looked lightweight. England missed Morgan’s go-forward in the loose and weight in the scrum. It is not Wood’s fault that he is out of position, but he is not a natural number eight and that showed. An excellent blindside flanker, he must be allowed to play there.
Mako Vunipola made a difference both in the scrums and in the loose, where he seemed to pop up everywhere. Care, Flood and Twelvetrees were thrown on in an effort to spark a revival in the back-line but were unable to make any obvious difference. Haskell was as ineffectual as Wood in stopping the Welsh tidal wave. On an unrelated note, what is the point in bringing Dave Wilson on for the last five minutes every week? He may have won 26 caps but has probably played the equivalent of two full matches.
By Jamie Hosie
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