Australia 7-23 England: Player ratings

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AAMI PARK, Melbourne — England claimed an historic first series win against Australia with a 23-7 victory in Melbourne. Here we break down the men that made the difference.


Israel Folau: 8. As safe as ever under the high ball and easily the most dangerous player on the field. Demanded more of his teammates.

Dane Haylett-Petty: 5.5. Filled the role of second playmaker on occasion with varying effect. Made a couple of half-breaks but hands let him down at times.

Tevita Kuridrani: 5. Was largely well contained by Jonathan Joseph. Struggling for the line-breaking ability he’s shown in previous Test campaigns.

Samu Kerevi: 5. Made a couple of damaging runs but never able to slip completely clear. One horribly loose pass he won’t want to see again.

Rob Horne: 5. Far more ball went Haylett-Petty’s way. Could go looking for the pill a bit more often.

Bernard Foley: 4. Missed early touch with a horrible early kick and never really recovered. One nice break midway through second half was his best contribution.

Nick Phipps: 3. Struggled with the greasy ball and threw some poor passes. Was also caught at the base of the ruck a few times.

Sean McMahon: 5. Had some reasonable carries but hands were an issue. Started to work himself into game in second quarter.

Michael Hooper: 6. Busy early on and won penalty with a turnover on 26 mins. Gutsy call to go for line when three on offer 15 from full-time. Never stopped trying.

Scott Fardy: 5. Another one who struggled for impact. Got close to scoring after the break.

Sam Carter: 5.5. Got better as the game went on. Carried securely, though never for much ground.

Rory Arnold: 5. A couple of strong carries early on before he was replaced with a nasty head cut.

Sekope Kepu: 4. No real impact on his return to the starting side.

Stephen Moore: 5. Scored Australia’s only try via a rolling maul but had little impact otherwise.

James Slipper: 4.5. Gave away one scrum penalty before being replaced after the break. A couple of reasonable carries.


Tatafu Polota-Nau: 5.5. Replaced Moore on 55 mins. Ran off a nice inside ball from Folau at one point and had a couple of other decent carries.

Toby Smith: 4. Replaced James Slipper just after the break. Had no impact.

Greg Holmes: 4. Came on as a late replacement but offered little.

Dean Mumm: 5. Came on early as a replacement but had little impact.

Ben McCalman: 5. Came on a as a replacements but couldn’t assert himself on the contest.

Nick Frisby: N/A. Late replacement

Christian Leali’ifano: 6. Replaced Kerevi on 60 minutes but couldn’t swing things the Wallabies way.

Luke Moraha: N/A. Late replacement.

England’s Chris Robshaw gave a man-of-the-match performance on his 50th cap.┬áDavid Rogers/Getty Images


Mike Brown: 6. Solid under the high ball but isn’t having the impact of seasons past.

Anthony Watson: 5.5. One dangerous run down the touchline was his best contribution. Defended well.

Jonathan Joseph: 6. Contained Tevita Kuridrani superbly and had a couple of decent carries.

Owen Farrell: 7. Did exactly what asked of him. Defended well and kicked all but one goal. Scored the try that wrapped up the historic win.

Jack Nowell: 6.5. Chased hard and was busy on attack when given the chance. Made his tackles.

George Ford: 7. The same as Farrell, kicked well and made the majority of the tackles that came his way. His partnership with Farrell will become a mainstay of the Jones’ regime.

Ben Youngs: 6. Service was largely tidy but never a running threat. Replaced by Danny Care 15 minutes from time.

Billy Vunipola: 7. Made 18 tackles and carried with conviction. What the Wallabies would give for a ball-carrying No.8 option.

James Haskell: 7.5. A match-high 21 tackles says it all. Is flourishing under Jones late in his career.

Chris Robshaw: 8. Has well and truly exorcised his World Cup demons. May have been a little lucky to survive an apparent neck roll on Nick Phipps early on though. Won a key turnover won on 54 minutes with Australia hard on attack.

George Kruis: 6.5. Made 13 tackles and did his job up front. Forming an very impressive second-row pairing with Itoje.

Maro Itoje: 7.5. Another who delivered a superb defensive effort. Made 20 tackles and was a presence at the breakdown. Almost scored a charge-down try.

Dan Cole: 6. Another solid night from the tighthead prop at scrum time. Otherwise had little impact on proceedings.

Dylan Hartley: 7.5. Scored his side’s first try and made all the tackles that came his way. Is clearly enjoying life as the skipper.

Mako Vunipola: 7. Did exactly as his brother did. A fine game from the loosehead.


Jamie George: N/A. late replacement.

Matt Mullan: N/A. late replacement.

Paul Hill: N/A. late replacement.

Joe Launchbury: N/A. late replacement.

Courtney Lawes: 5.5. Replaced Kruis on 56 mins and had one nice run.

Jack Clifford: N/A. late replacement.

Danny Care: 6. Came on for Youngs and did what was asked of him.

Elliot Daly: N/A

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