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Brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins both played for England today - New Zealand Warriors' Sam in the rugby league side's 42-0 World Cup defeat of Ireland at Huddersfield and Saracens centre Joel in the rugby union side's 20-13 defeat of Australia at Twickenham.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the brothers fared.

Sam Tomkins

Decision-making

Came up with the right calls 90 per cent of the time to add a cutting edge to England's attack.

Effort

Finished with a clean jersey but did all he had to do in defence and chimed effortlessly into attack, invariably with clinical precision.

Contribution

Was frequently England's go-to man and, although he failed to get on the scoresheet, he had a hand in three tries and was inches away from creating two more.

Flair

A trademark scything run created a first-half try for Brett Ferres and he demonstrated neat footwork to set up a second-half score for Rangi Chase.

Conclusion

Not always at his superlative best but showed touches of class to play his part in an impressive team effort.

Joel Tomkins

Decision-making

Looked startled by the pace of the game early on. Tried to get involved, but sometimes appeared to try too hard and things looked rushed.

Effort

No shortage of determination or desire by the Saracens centre, but he was not helped by an erratic display from his midfield partner Billy Twelvetrees.

Contribution

Not a first cap to savour, although the result went England's way. Made too many errors, and can only improve on this first showing.

Flair

It was not the type of open game that the renowned runners on both teams would have enjoyed. More forward grunt than silky skills from the backs.

Conclusion

Will have much better games than this for his country. A performance that he must learn from, and his consistent club form suggests that he will build on it.

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