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England v Australia - how they rated

MIKE BROWN: Not one of his better nights for England. Turned over more than once and made several errors. 5/10

ANTHONY WATSON: England's most lethal finisher scored a fine try and must be given more of the ball, otherwise his talent is wasted. 7

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Rushed back from injury and looked a threat early on. Tried so hard, but wilted as England lost their way. 7

BRAD BARRITT: Offered nothing in attack, making few yards as a carrier, and it was Australia's backs who rank amok. 4

JONNY MAY: Another who tried and tried, before retiring through injury at half-time. Just could not get away this time. 6

OWEN FARRELL: Offered nothing in attack and although he kicked his goals, late sin-binning for a dangerous tackle cost his team dear. 5

BEN YOUNGS: Kicked good attacking ball out of play early on as his roller-coaster recent outings for England hit a dip. 5

JOE MARLER: A player who is at an international crossroads. Can England win silverware with him at loosehead? 5

TOM YOUNGS: An outstanding, bruising display of relentless belligerence until he trooped off exhausted. 8

DAN COLE: Overall the scrum finished all-square, Cole doing his bit, but this was not a night to remember. 5

JOE LAUNCHBURY: Named man of the match and while Bernard Foley deserved that acclaim, Launchbury was outstanding. 8

GEOFF PARLING: Solid and industrious. The lineout functioned well under his watch, but there were few highlights. 6

TOM WOOD: Offered very little in any department, although broke free on a couple of occasions. 5

CHRIS ROBSHAW: England were smashed at the breakdown, but there is no point blaming Robshaw, who is not a genuine openside. 5

BEN MORGAN: The pick of England's back row, but opposite number David Pocock was far superior. 6


Rob Webber Offered little when he came on. 5

Mako Vunipola: Added some energy when he came on. 6

Kieran Brookes: Little chance to shine. 5

George Kruis: Would not have known he was playing. 5

Nick Easter: Tried his best. 5

Richard Wigglesworth: Did little to impress. 5

George Ford: Why was he not on from the start? 6

Sam Burgess: Late high tackle summed up his night. 5


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