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How the Australian players rated in win over England

ISRAEL FOLAU: Had few opportunities to excel in attack, but England did not pressurise him defensively either. 7/10.

ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER: Played his part in a comprehensive Australia win. Solid, rather than spectacular. 6

TEVITA KURIDRANI: Competent in defence and a go-to man at times for the Wallabies. Class act. 7

MATT GITEAU: Put the gloss on a runaway Australia win by crossing for his team's final try during the closing minutes. 7

ROB HORNE: Lasted just 11 minutes before going off nursing what appeared to be a hand injury. 5

BERNARD FOLEY: A majestic display by the Wallabies fly-half, who amassed 28 points through two tries, four penalties and two conversions. Controlled the game. 9

WILL GENIA: Not quite the player he was. Still a threat, but opposition teams have worked out a way of stopping him. 6

SCOTT SIO: A real force in the Wallabies pack. Gets better with each game he plays. 8

STEPHEN MOORE: The Wallabies captain has guided his team through to the quarter-finals by leading from the front. 7

SEKOPE KEPU: Encountered few problems from opposite number Joe Marler. A comfortable evening. 7

KANE DOUGLAS: Helped ensure that Australia's lineout had a relatively trouble-free evening. Solid and dependable. 7

ROB SIMMONS: Matched Douglas' work-rate throughout. Never stopped tackling and contesting. 7

SCOTT FARDY: The unsung element of Australia's back-row, he got to grips with England's back-row from an early stage. 7

MICHAEL HOOPER: As expected, he dominated the breakdown area. England, without a specialist seven, did not come close to him. 8

DAVID POCOCK: Matched Hooper around the field and at contact time. What a bonus it is for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to field them in the same back-row. 8


Kurtley Beale: Replaced Horne early on and caused England no end of trouble. 7

James Slipper: Replaced Sio midway through the second-half. 7

Greg Holmes: Took over from Kepu as Australia powered to victory. 7

Nick Phipps: Replaced Genia with 15 minutes left. 6

Tatafu Polota-Nau: Had a 15-minute run instead of skipper Moore. 6

Matt Toomua: Replaced Folau after 65 minutes. 7

Dean Mumm: Took over from Simmons as England floundered. 6

Ben McCalman: Went on for Fardy as the clock ticked down. 6


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