By Ali Stokes
1. Joe Marler: 8
Back to his robust best, thunderous in defence and immovable at set piece. Played a large hand in England’s victory.
2. Jamie George: 6
Much improved to his first two Tests, still not performing at his usual best. Has not done enough to confidently oust Dylan Hartley. Missed lineouts will cause frustration.
3. Kyle Sinckler: 6.5
Best game of the series, carrying and offloading to far greater effect and a showed a much improved scrummaging display. Still struggled with Steven Kitshoff when the Springbok substitute entered the fray.
4. Joe Launchbury: 7
Very effective around the park, still could not impose his usual game. Added much-needed solidity to England’s game.
5. Maro Itoje: 7
A welcome return to form these last two weeks. Physical in the contact area and a real pest at the ruck, committing Springbok forwards to free up space for the rest of his side. Indiscipline still in need of address.
6. Chris Robshaw: 7.5
Back to the Robshaw we know this weekend, big performance when needed and made the most of a significantly reduced speed of game. Will have to build upon this game to stave off the challenges of Brad Shields next season.
7. Tom Curry: 8
Dominant at the breakdown and over the ball, showed his impressive link play ahead of May try and truly held his own remarkably well for a 20-year-old. Work still to be done on physical dominance in the contact area.
8. Nathan Hughes: 4.5
Embarrassingly dominated in contact by diminutive scrum-half Faf de Klerk and underwhelming on the game line. Replaced in the 53rd minute for Falcons flanker Mark Wilson with Robshaw shifting to eight.
9. Ben Youngs: 5.5
A mixed performance from Youngs, lack of consistency has cost England at times this tour and yesterday’s performance was yet another indicator. Dan Robson can feel rightly aggrieved for a lack of game time.
10. Danny Cipriani: 7
Not the type of game for Cipriani to stamp his brand of rugby on, yet still looked far more threatening than George Ford. Improved physical presence to his competitor for the 10 jersey and a well spotted and executed kick for May’s try a glimpse of his potential.
11. Mike Brown: 7.5
Another excellent performance from a fullback shoehorned onto the wing, physical on both sides of the ball and secure in the air. If not for his fellow winger, could have been England’s man of the series.
12. Owen Farrell: 7
A quiet game for Farrell, largely contributing through his boot and decision-making. Improved captain’s performance to his two previous outings leading the national side.
13. Henry Slade: 5
Errors and missed opportunities blighted Slade’s performance yesterday. Often a weak link in England’s defence, can feel fortunate to receive three Test starts with Alex Lozowski snapping at his heels.
14. Jonny May: 8
England’s top performer yet again showcased his world-class pace to finish England’s stand along try in the final 10 minutes. A vastly improved rugby player to the skinny sprinter that made his debut in 2013.
15. Elliot Daly: 6
Slightly more secure, but struggled to showcase his attacking prowess. One missed touch finder while hunting for the maximum field advantage and a penalty drifting wide prove as black marks on the 25-year-old’s performance.
16. Luke Cowan-Dickie: n/a
17. Alec Hepburn: n/a
18. Harry Williams: 6
Showed significant impact at the scrum but struggled to make any real dent around the park in 30 minutes.
19. Jonny Hill: n/a
20. Mark Wilson: 6
21. Sam Simmonds: n/a
22. Ben Spencer: n/a
23. Denny Solomona: n/a
England head into a long international break, set to reconvene in November ahead of the Autumn internationals with a win to their backs. Plenty of positives, but with even more negatives, the players can at least enjoy the spoils of victory this weekend, and judging from Jonny May's reaction to his victory-sealing try yesterday, this was a big victory for the players.
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