Player ratings: Elliot Daly shows his class for England

Date published: March 17 2018

Here's our England player ratings following their 24-15 loss to Ireland at Twickenham.

15 Anthony Watson: Failed to deliver the basic role of a full-back and cost his side a try in his 25 minutes on the pitch. 3/10

14 Jonny May: Some useful touches ended in a popular try. 6/10

13 Jonathan Joseph: Brought in to ignite an attack, his day was spent shoring up the defence. 5/10

12 Ben Te’o: Struggled to impose himself in the inside channel but looked a lot happier when he moved outside centre. 6/10

11 Elliot Daly: Streets ahead of any other England player on view. A world class performer every time he wears the shirt. 9/10

10 Owen Farrell: His first reaction is always one based on emotion in a position where a cool head is needed; looked a lot better at 12 where his deep accurate passing gives England shape. 6/10

9 Richard Wigglesworth: The old war-horse keeps on going. 5/10

8 Sam Simmonds: Many said McCaw’s best work went unseen. Simmonds spent all afternoon unseen, albeit for different reasons. 4/10

7 James Haskell: Added bulk, drove hard and never gave up. 6/10

6 Chris Robshaw: Effectively whistled out of the game at the contact area early on, he toiled all day and kept on going. 7/10

5 George Kruis: When he’s alongside Itoje, there’s not enough contrast, but he engineered line-out pressure against the Ireland throw. 5/10

4 Maro Itoje: Gave away a couple of daft penalties but was an absolute rock in everything the England forwards did. 8/10

3 Kyle Sinckler: Not a bad effort but needs to work on his scrum penalty count. 5/10

2 Dylan Hartley (c): Average in play, average in his motivation and decision making, Hartley is Captain Average. 5/10

1 Mako Vunipola: Added a lot in the loose, his battle with Tadhg Furlong was so eagerly contested one can only assume they were fighting over who buys the first pie and pint. 6/10

Replacements:

16 Jamie George: Still not quite the player of 2017 but added impact. 5/10

17 Joe Marler: Despite a dumb penalty, he showed mobility and secured a key turnover. 5/10

18 Dan Cole: Came on and immediately made a positive difference at scrum time. 6/10

19 Joe Launchbury: More a starter than a finisher. 5/10

20 Don Armand: Immediately looked the flanker England so desperately needed, was everywhere in the last 15 minutes and produced a minor cameo. Needs to be retained. 7/10

21 Danny Care: Much more comfortable in the finishing role, he injected go-forward. 6/10

22 George Ford: Made a few unforced handling errors but gave England a lot more shape. 6/10

23 Mike Brown: Being dropped stung him into a classy and improved display. 7/10

by James While


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