Australia vs. England PLAYER RATINGS

Australia vs. England PLAYER RATINGS

England secured their first ever Test series win in Australia as they downed the Wallabies 23-7 in a brutal encounter in Melbourne. 

Eddie Jones' side produced wave after wave of heroic defence to keep those in green and gold at bay on a night to remember for the Red Rose. 

Here, Sportsmail's Sam Peters rates how the players from both teams fared...  

Mike Brown (rep Elliot Daly 77) Still not at his best with ball in hand and made some flawed decisions but still provided snarl and defensive excellence. 7

Anthony Watson  Would have liked more ball but still produced a first-rate shift and tackled out of his skin. 7

Jonathan Joseph Another England wide man who has more to come in attack but defensively flawless throughout series. 7

Owen Farrell – One of several players to take his game to a new level under Eddie Jones. Provides critical ballast alongside Ford. 9

Jack Nowell Unlucky to miss out on first Test selection but an integral part of an England squad who showed all-round qualities. 8

George Ford Looks a completely different player when shorn of goal-kicking duties. Controlled proceedings and tackled out of his skin. 9

Ben Youngs (rep Danny Care 66) Another player who has stepped up his game under Jones and now looks to have secured England starting no9 spot. 8

Mako Vunipola (rep Matt Mullan 66) Impossible to see Joe Marler reclaiming his loosehead spot after another titanic display by the hefty Saracen. 8

Dylan Hartley (rep Jamie George 72) His left-field selection as captain has been a defining factor in England renaissance. No praise too high. 9

Dan Cole (rep Paul Hill 66) – Destructive scrummaging performance by the Leicester tighthead. Complete domination of opposite man Slipper. 8

Maro Itoje – English rugby’s greatest find since Martin Johnson. Has yet to produce anything less than a world-class display in England shirt. 9

George Kruis (rep Courtney Lawes 56) Not his easiest ride in line-out with Fardy putting heat on but still a decent shift from an excellent young player. 7

Chris Robshaw (rep Joe Launchbury 72) A second successive outstanding display by the former captain showed all his dogged resilience and character. 8

James Haskell (rep Jack Clifford 72) A defining series for a player whose progress under Jones has been extraordinary. This will be remembered as his series. 10

Billy Vunipola Another world-class display by England’s wrecking ball No8. Can now lay claim to being among very the best in the world. 9 

– Entry was posted on June 20th, 2016 by James Haskell
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