No one will remember this encounter for the free flowing rugby, but if you’re a fan of intense, nailbiting and ferocious rugby, this really was the game for you. Both teams where fantastic and at the end of the game you could literally see the players were ready to drop to the floor with exhaustion. Eddie Jones will be pleased with the 12-6 win, but Wales have made a nation proud of their team again.
15 Mike Brown, 8/10. Imperious under the high ball and dangerous in attack. In foul weather I don’t think there’s a better 15.
14 Anthony Watson, 6/10. A quite game for the Bath winger, didn’t get the opportunities May had but never put a foot wrong.
13 Jonathan Joseph, 7/10. Looked strong in defence and did a bit with the ball when given the chance. Solid rather than spectacular.
12 Owen Farrell, 8/10. His partnership with Ford really is a world class one. His range of attacking and defensive kicks were a sight to behold.
11 Jonny May, 8/10. Showed his absolute rapid turn of pace for his first try and the second was good support play. Always looked dangerous when on the ball and solid under Wales’ high ball. Gain Line Star Man.
10 George Ford, 7/10. Like Farrell he really kept the Welsh team guessing with his range of kicks. Almost telepathic understanding with his old mate in the 12 shirt.
9 Danny Care, 7/10. Tough conditions for scrum halves with the slippery ball but looked sharp. Will be happy with his record breaking outing.
1 Mako Vunipola, 8/10. Played 76 minutes and looked world class for every one. Put in a monumental shift around the park.
2 Dylan Hartley ©, 7/10. Never fails in the set piece and really put his body on the line. Not the most effective carrier but always offers an option.
3 Dan Cole, 6/10. England’s Mr Dependable, don’t remember anything that he did wrong without tearing up trees. Will take England through to the next World Cup.
4 Joe Launchbury, 7/10. Like Cole, Launchbury put in a great shift at the coal face. Rarely puts a size 13 in the wrong place.
5 Maro Itoje, 6/10. A nuissence around the park but I can’t help but think if Eddie’s golden bollocks spent less time trying to win penalties and more time grafting he would be much closer to the “world class” tag people have given him.
6 Courtney Lawes, 6/10. Tireless in his efforts today and defended with everything. Still prefer him at lock.
7 Chris Robshaw, 8/10. The ex captain never stops grafting. It really is mind boggling to see his statistics on a rugby pitch. Every team in the world needs a Chris Robshaw putting in the hard yards like he does.
8 Sam Simmonds, 6/10. Not afforded the same space as he was last week. Wasn’t really making the impact he would have hoped.
Replacements: Jamie George,6/10. Alec Hepburn,n/a. Harry Williams,6/10. George Kruis,6/10. Sam Underhill,8/10. Richard Wigglesworth,6/10 Ben Te’o,6/10. Jack Nowell,7/10.
There needs to be a special mention to Sam Underhill and the unbelievable tackle in the corner that won the game for England.
15 Gareth Anscombe, 8/10. Was thought to be Wales’ weak link but was far from it. An incredibly influential second half.
14 Josh Adams, 5/10. Didn’t see too much ball and saw Jonny May pass him for two tries.
13 Scott Williams, 6/10. Solid enough in defence. Had the chance to win the game for Wales but got dragged into touch by Sam Underhill.
12 Hadleigh Parkes. 6/10. Not the same impact that he had last week but didn’t do too much wrong.
11 Steff Evans, 6/10. Like Adams on the other wing, didn’t get too much ball in attacking situations.
10 Rhys Patchell, 6/10. Found a lot less space this week. When the England defence turned the screw it would always be difficult.
9 Gareth Davies, 6/10. Solid and dependable this week. Kicked well and didn’t let his team down.
1 Rob Evans, 7/10. Put in a good shift, a very underrated player in this team, deserves more recognition.
2 Ken Owens, 7/10. Kept busy in the wider channels and didn’t shy away from a tackle. One of Wales better player.
3 Samson Lee, 6/10. Scrummaged well but we didn’t see too much else from the Scarlets man. Overshadowed by his fellow prop.
4 Cory Hill, 6/10. Decent, worked very hard without really breaking the gain line. Can see Hill having an international future.
5 Alun Wyn Jones©, 6/10. You know what you will get from the captain. never stops working and will put his body on the line.
6 Aaron Shingler, 8/10. Was the best forward on the park. Ive been a fan for a while but is really starting to show the world how good he is.
7 Josh Navidi, 7/10. Another good shift from the Cardiff flanker, playing like a true 7 and being a pain in the arse for the opposition.
8 Ross Moriarty, 6/10. Didn’t see too much from the number 8 apart from one big hit in the middle of the pitch.
Replacements: Elliot Dee,6/10. Wyn Jones,6/10. Tomas Francis,5/10. Bradley Davies,6/10. Justin Tipuric,7/10. Aled Davies,6/10. Owen Watkin,5/10. George North,6/10.
Referee Jerome Garces (France), 7/10. Was informative and clear but made a few wrong decisions. The Welsh public may be a little less generous.