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Player ratings: Close, but no cigar

Their discipline is what let them down most, with six Owen Farrell penalties ultimately the difference – despite the Wallabies outscoring the English by five tries to four.

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Overall it was the Wallabies' best showing of the series, but also showed up some glaring shortcomings.

Jan de Koning rates the Australian players:

15 Israel Folau:

He looked dangerous with ball in hand and asked some questions of the England defence. Improved throughout the series.

7/10

14 Dane Haylett-Petty:

Scored his first Test try and had a number of strong runs that suggest he is here to stay.

7/10

13 Tevita Kuridrani:

Solid in defence, but was well-marked by the England tacklers and struggled to impose himself with ball in hand.

6/10

12 Matt Toomua:

Was very effective with ball in hand, finding some gaps in the English defence and was solid on defence.

7/10

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11 Rob Horne:

Was reduced mostly to a defensive role in the first half and was far from flawless at that – in fact he missed more tackles than he made.

4/10

10 Bernard Foley:

Had one or two decent runs in the first half, but question marks remain about his defence, while his clearance for touch was at time shocking.

5/10

9 Nick Phipps:

Fall off a couple of tackles too easily and should focus on the ball, rather than complain every time he knocks on.

5/10

8 Sean McMahon:

Not only was he one of the best defenders, but also the Wallabies' most effective ball carrier – his workrate imply phenomenal.

8/10

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7 Michael Hooper:

He was very busy and won a couple of crucial turnovers, but slipped far too many tackles.

5/10

6 Scott Fardy:

Was not as effective as normal and also a lot more subdued. Also slipped a few tackles.

5/10

5 Rob Simmons:

Was very quiet after taking a knock to the shoulder early in the first half – should probably have been replaced long before half-time.

5/10

4 Will Skelton:

Brought the physicality that Australia lacked in the first two Tests, but still plays like a bully and lacks discipline – conceding several penalties. He could be much better if he uses his bulk in a more constructive way.

6/10

3 Sekope Kepu:

Powerful in the scrums and solid on defence. His workrate could be better.

6/10

2 Stephen Moore (captain):

Kept plugging away, working hard, and made all his tackles. Steady, rather than spectacular.

6/10

1 James Slipper:

Outside McMahon Australia's most productive player – making 15 tackles. Also stood his ground in the scrums … mostly.

8/10

Replacements:

16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (on for Moore, 62nd min):

Made no real impact and had a poor workrate.

4/10

17 Scott Sio (on for Slipper, 58th min):

His scrumming was solid and made all his tackles. His workrate could improve.

6/10

18 Greg Holmes (on for Kepu, 58th min):

Had a poor game, missing as many tackles as he made, and made no impact outside the set pieces.

4/10

19 Adam Coleman (on for Simmons, 41st min):

Relished the opportunity to get an extended run – winning some crucial line-outs, made all his tackles and worked very hard outside the set pieces.

7/10

20 Wycliff Palu (on for Skelton, 51st min):

Father time has caught up with him, although he made all his tackles.

6/10

21 Nick Frisby:

Not used.

22 Christian Leali'ifano (on for Toomua, 68th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

23 Taqele Naiyaravoro (on for Horne, 68th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

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