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Player ratings: Pruned roses

In a match which had it all – big hits, huge scrums, temper tantrums, shoulder charges and poor refereeing decisions – the occasion proved too much for the English Roses as they were sent packing by a dominant Australia.


Player ratings: Pruned rosesEngland were absolutely dominated at scrum time but looked to have revived their hopes of a second half comeback when wing Anthony Watson grabbed a try but it proved to merely be a consolation as their World Cup dream came to an end.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates England's players!

15 Mike Brown

His first half may have had a few errors but his attacking prowess was simply magnificent to watch.


14 Anthony Watson

Posed a massive threat on attack and grabbed a try at a crucial stage in the match but it proved to be a mere consolation.


13 Jonathan Joseph

Broke the line on numerous occasions and looked very dangerous with ball in hand.


12 Brad Barritt

May have made all of his tackles but provided nothing on attack.



11 Jonny May

A fairly sedate game by his standards before being forced off the field with a knee injury.


10 Owen Farrell

Deserved his yellow card for an off-the-ball shoulder charge on Matt Giteau and did not quite get his backline firing consistently throughout the encounter.


9 Ben Youngs

Looked out of his depth and could not provide the ideal link between the his forwards and backline.


Player ratings: Pruned roses8 Ben Morgan

Workman-like effort by the big No.8 with strong carries and an above-average day in defence.



7 Chris Robshaw (captain)

Could not lead his team to victory as scraped through the match during the bare minimum.


6 Tom Wood

Was the better of the flanks in all aspects of the match as he looked to spark England into life at the breakdowns.


5 Geoff Parling

Made no impact at all with ball-in-hand and his defensive work was fairly average.


4 Joe Launchbury

Was the heartbeat of England's forward pack and wore his heart on his sleeve in every facet of the game.


Player ratings: Pruned roses3 Dan Cole

Bore the brunt of a dominant Wallabies scrum and was failed to get himself involved during his time on the park.


2 Tom Youngs

Racked up the miles with some big carries but his defensive work was exceptional, despite not having the best day at the office at scrum time.


1 Joe Marler

Offered absolutely nothing in attack and found himself completely dominated at scrum time.



16 Rob Webber (on for T Youngs, 61 mins)

Provided a good anchor at scrum time and ensured a solid platform for their attempt at a late comeback.


17 Mako Vunipola (on for Marler, 50 mins)

Made an immediate impact at scrum time but that is pretty much all he did during his 30 minutes on the park.


18 Kieran Brookes (on for Coles, 54 mins)

Did not see much of the ball but did his defensive duties.


19 George Kruis (on for Launchbury, 69 mins)

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Nick Easter (on for B Morgan, 57 mins)

Had big shoes to fill and performed well in defence, although his attacking game was few and far between.


21 Richard Wigglesworth (on for B Youngs, 50 mins)

Massive impact off the bench to revive his side and certainly outshone the starting scrumhalf.


22 George Ford (on for May, 40 mins)

Had plenty of time to make a difference and did it to a certain extent on attack but just could not spark things properly.


23 Sam Burgess (on for Joseph, 65 mins)

Would have gotten a better rating if he had stayed off the field, as the only thing he did was a high tackle to Michael Hooper which should have seen him being carded.


By Tauriq Ebrahim


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