ALLIANZ STADIUM, Sydney — England made it an historic clean sweep Down Under with a bruising 44-40 victory against Australia in the third Test, but who stood out for the hosts and tourists?
Israel Folau: 6.5. Made a break down left touchline for Foley try and provided classy draw and pass. Lovely hands for Haylett-Petty’s try and grabbed one of his own when running off Toomua. Easily Australia’s biggest attacking threat.
Dane Haylett-Petty: 6. A tad lucky with pass to Folau for Wallabies’ first try. Provided nice finish for Wallabies’ second try and had some other solid runs down a narrow touchline.
Tevita Kuridrani: 5.5. Was again well contained by Jonathan Joseph. Seems to be down a bit one pace at the moment, too.
Matt Toomua: 6.5. Impact was evident early on and showed Wallabies what they’d been missing. Lovely hand-off on Billy Vunipola put Israel Folau over while he also made a couple of other half-breaks.
Rob Horne: 5.5. Only had a couple of opportunities down his wing in which he attempted to do something with without much luck.
Bernard Foley: 5.5. Had the Wallabies backline running more smoothly than last week and clearly benefited from having Toomua outside him.
Nick Phipps: 5. Service was an improvement on last week and threw nice short pass for Hooper try. But he made an absolute meal of a loose ball that later resulted in a try for Jamie George.
Sean McMahon: 7. Made one huge tackle on George Kruis that led to a turnover and finished with 14 for the match. Ran hard at the line and left it all out there. A big improvement on last week.
Michael Hooper: 6.5. Another busy night for the Australia No.7. Ran off a short pass from Phipps for Wallabies’ third try and never stopped trying. Made 10 tackles and picked up a couple of turnovers. Seemed harshly penalised ahead of Farrell’s match-sealing penalty.
Scott Fardy: 6. Involvement was up on first two Tests, but still lacked the impetus of Hooper and McMahon.
Rob Simmons: 6. Put in a solid first half before he was replaced at half-time with a shoulder injury.
Will Skelton: 5. Had little impact despite his massive frame. Seems only to get the ball at a standstill, never on the charge.
Sekope Kepu: 5.5. Strong run in lead-up to Haylett-Petty try and had a mixed night at scrum time.
Stephen Moore: 5.5. A quiet game from the skipper much like his England counterpart Hartley. Made just the four runs and tackles, while lineout throw was under pressure on occasion.
James Slipper: 6. Gave away an early penalty at scrum time but was otherwise solid. Made a match-high 15 tackles and had a couple of decent carries before he was replaced by Scott Sio.
Tatafu Polota-Nau: 5. Got 17 minutes as a replacement for Moore and performed reasonably.
Scott Sio: 5. Came on as a late replacement and gave away a penalty.
Greg Holmes: N/A
Adam Coleman: 5.5. On at half-time as a replacement for Simmons. One huge surge into England’s 22 that put Australia on the attack was his best contribution. Was under pressure in the lineout.
Wycliff Palu: 5. On as a replacement for Skelton on 53 minutes but failed to have an great impact.
Nick Frisby: N/A
Christian Leali’ifano: 5. Came on as a late replacement but couldn’t provide impact Australia needed.
Taqele Naiyaravoro: 5.5. Scored a late consolation try and had a couple of other reasonable runs.
England No.8 Billy Vunipola dives over for the tourists’ third try. David Rogers/Getty Images
Mike Brown: 6.5. Scored England’s second with strong chase and power to reach out with Hooper and Kuridrani holding on. Was forced to field many of the kick-offs under pressure.
Anthony Watson: 6. Hit the deck after a heavy collision with Will Skelton but played on solidly. Ran with purpose when given the chance and provided the chip that led to Mike Brown’s try.
Jonathan Joseph: 6. Contained Kuridrani well again and also laid on some nice passes for both Nowell and Watson.
Owen Farrell: 8. Kicked nine from 10 and was solid in defence. Set the wider backs away when given the chance but it’s his boot that’s of the greatest value. Twenty-four points earned him man-of-the-match honours.
Jack Nowell: 6.5. Made a couple of nice runs and found space with an excellent early kick. Looks to have nailed down the right wing spot.
George Ford: 6.5. Mixed his game up again nicely. Distribution was sound, found space with his kicks Hit hard by Fardy just before half-time.
Ben Youngs: 6.5. Delivered a lovely offload for Cole try. Service was sound and also made a number of nice clearing kicks. Fumbled ball early on his only blemish.
Billy Vunipola: 7. Again carried powerfully. Made nice tackle and steal for turnover just before the break and then rumbled over from the back of the scrum shortly after the resumption. Bad missed tackle on Toomua his only blemish. Will own England No.8 shirt for some time.
Teimana Harrison: 3. Hooked after just 31 minutes in his second Test. Had no impact at breakdown
Chris Robshaw: 6. Denied a try after he was held up following a loose Wallabies lineout. His quietest game of the series but only because of the high standard of the other two.
George Kruis: 6. Another big night defensively while he also caused the Wallabies some trouble at lineout time.
Maro Itoje: 6. Involvement was down on earlier Tests but still made a nuisance of himself around Australia’s breakdown.
Dan Cole: 6. Penalised at second scrum time early on before scoring game’s opening try. Late hit on Foley didn’t result in three points luckily.
Dylan Hartley: 5. Quiet game from the skipper
Mako Vunipola: 7. Made a huge run that got England going forward before Cole’s try. Contributed a match-high 15 tackles and caused Australia trouble at scrum time.
Jamie George: 6. Replaced Hartley with 17 minutes to play. Got a little lucky when ball hit his shins and rolled into in-goal for the try, but you make your own luck.
Matt Mullan: N/A
Paul Hill: N/A
Joe Launchbury: N/A
Courtney Lawes: 6. On as an early replacement for Harrison. Proved himself a nuisance on Australia’s lineout and did some neat work in tight.
Jack Clifford: 5. On for Chris Robshaw with 25 minutes to play but didn’t really stand out.
Danny Care: 5.5. Got a good chunk of time as a replacement for Youngs. Service was sound and fulfilled replacement duties well.
Elliot Daly: N/A
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