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England v South Africa - player ratings

England

MIKE BROWN: Rock solid in the aerial battles and a presence throughout the match. 8 (out of 10)

MARLAND YARDE: No faulting his work-rate, but made little real impression. 6

ELLIOT DALY: Tossed around at times, but also showed his rugby intelligence. 6

OWEN FARRELL: Another outstanding afternoon. His drive was infectious. 7

JONNY MAY: Produce a classy finish for the first try and looked for work. 6

GEORGE FORD: Sluggish start but by the end he was doing everything right. 7

BEN YOUNGS: Sold South Africa two big dummies they will not want to see again. 8

MAKO VUNIPOLA: Carried with intent throughout and never tired. 8

DYLAN HARTLEY: Lacked match sharpness but still contributed fully. 7

DAN COLE: The tighthead relished the exchanges with South Africa's big forwards. 7

JOE LAUNCHBURY: Named man of the match and clearly wanted to make a point. 8

COURTNEY LAWES: Celebrated his 50th cap with a popular try. 7

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Could have edged Launchbury for man of the match - he was everywhere. 8

TOM WOOD: A solid return to the England team, full of energy and drive. 7

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Another barnstorming effort from the world player of the year nominee. 8

REPLACEMENTS: England's bench were far superior and they made a significant impact as they were drip fed into the final quarter. 8

*****

South Africa

WILLIE LE ROUX: The free-running full-back was poor kicking from hand. Scored a late try. 6

RUAN COMBRINCK: Scarcely saw the ball and kicked it long when there was an opportunity to apply second-half pressure. 5

FRANCOIS VENTER: Had little influence on proceedings due to a combination of handling and defensive errors around him. 5

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE: Began with intent by running at George Ford, but was soon starved of opportunities to do so. 6

JP PIETERSEN: Who would be a wing in this Springboks side? The classy veteran barely had a sniff of the ball. 5

PATRICK LAMBIE: Kicked nine of South Africa's points, but was on the back foot and exposed by England's runners. 5

RUDY PAIGE: Did little to relieve the pressure behind a pack going backwards. Poor clearance kicks. 5

TENDAI MTAWARIRI: The influence of 'The Beast' was limited, apart from one 40-metre run after popping out of an early maul. 5

ADRIAAN STRAUSS: The captain had a forgettable day as the Springboks even floundered at the set-piece. 4

VINCENT KOCH: Made one good break in England's 22, but was part of a toiling South Africa pack. 5

EBEN ETZEBETH: The Boks enforcer went off after an early clash of heads with Billy Vunipola. 5

LOOD DE JAGER: Without being able to work in tandem with Etzebeth, the giant lock struggled to assert his physicality on the game. 5

WILLEM ALBERTS: Strong and steady, but could see his reckless hit on Dylan Hartley at ruck scrutinised by disciplinary chiefs. 5

PIETER-STEPH DU TOIT: South Africa's struggles at the breakdown were not down to one man, but he was overpowered by England's back row. 5

WARREN WHITELEY: Showed flashes of potential with ball in hand as the game fragmented. 6

REPLACEMENTS: Johan Goosen r eplaced Lambie at fly-half and scored a good try, which proved merely a consolation. South Africa's other replacements did little to put pressure on the first-choice line-up ahead of a visit to Italy. 5

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