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Player ratings: Sweet revenge

While Australia deserve some plaudits for their fighting spirit in Saturday's Sydney showdown, the scoreline flatters the home team somewhat.

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England dominated for large parts and when it mattered most, they stamped their authority on the game – masterfully.

It is also sweet revenge for having been knocked out of the World Cup last year by the Wallabies – becoming the first hosts not to reach the global showpiece's knock-out stages.

Jan de Koning rates the England players:

15 Mike Brown:

Came into his own in the third test with some stirring runs. His defence was also flawless.

6/10

14 Anthony Watson:

His defensive frailties were cruelly exposed. He failed to make a single tackle.

4/10

13 Jonathan Joseph:

Concede a couple of penalties, but was a threat with ball in hand and made all his tackles.

6/10

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12 Owen Farrell:

He may have slipped a couple of tackles, but is growing into the additional playmaker role Eddie Jones requires of him. Also, his kicking game ultimately won it for England.

8/10

11 Jack Nowell:

Also very poor on defence, but worked hard and made plenty of valuable metres with ball in hand.

6/10

10 George Ford:

His tactical play was superb and he was very clever in driving Australia back into their own territory at crucial stages.

7/10

9 Ben Youngs:

His tactical awareness and decision-making is what sets him apart from most scrumhalves. Also proved to be particularly devastating with his kicking game.

8/10

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8 Billy Vunipola:

Brutally effective with ball in hand, even though he slipped a few tackles.

8/10

7 Teimana Harrison:

Struggled with the pace in of the game at international level. Did the basics, no more, before leaving the field on the half-hour mark.

5/10

6 Chris Robshaw:

Probably his best game in a long time – both with ball in hand and on defence. Also valuable in the line-outs.

7/10

5 George Kruis:

Did some invaluable work on defence and in the line-outs.

7/10

4 Maro Itoje:

His worst game of the series, especially on defence – where he slipped a couple of crucial tackles.

5/10

3 Dan Cole:

The veteran just keeps going. His most valuable asset remains his scrumming, while conceding a few penalties.

6/10

2 Dylan Hartley (captain):

The captaincy clearly agrees with him, as he has become a calming influence on his teammates and does his basics very well.

6/10

1 Mako Vunipola:

Like his brother, he tends to slip the occasional tackle. However, his powerful scrumming and brutal ball-carrying ability is what helped get England on the front foot.

8/10

Replacements:

16 Jamie George (on for Hartley, 63rd min):

Made a real impact, not only scoring a try, but also worked hard outside the set pieces.

7/10

17 Matt Mullan (on for M Vunipola, 79th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

18 Paul Hill (on for Cole, 68th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

19 Joe Launchbury (on for Kruis, 61st min):

Was a disappointment and made no real impact.

5/10

20 Courtney Lawes (on for Harrison, 31st min):

Made a huge impact off the bench – huge on defence, winning line-outs and a few strong carries.

7/10

21 Jack Clifford (on for Robshaw, 53rd min):

Worked hard on defence and won a couple of line-outs.

6/10

22 Danny Care (on for Youngs, 53rd min):

He did the basics, but brought nothing special to the game.

6/10

23 Elliot Daly (on in 74th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

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