RWC 2019 player ratings – England vs Australia

By Anna Muir |

Final Score: England 40 – Australia 16 

Redemption for a quality England side as they run in 40 points to beat Australia in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. 

ENGLAND 

  1. Mako Vunipola – 8/10

Strong and steady scrummaging that dug his opposing player into the ground. Dependable and sublime after weeks out with an injury. 

2.    Jamie George – 7/10 

A relatively quiet game from the hooker with reliable line out throws and scrummaging, he was however penalised for not rolling away in the first half. 

3.    Kyle Sinckler – 9/10 

An unbelievable game from the resident English hothead. Managed to keep his cool long enough to score a try and maintain an unshakeable position within the scrum. 

Also gets bonus points for the best moment in the game when he wailed like a little boy telling on his naughty sibling to his mum (in this case, he was whinging to one of the referees on the touch line about his opposing number). Go look it up, you won’t regret it. 

4.     Maro Itoje – 7.5/10 

A classically Itoje performance. Constantly wreaking havoc in the line outs and mauls and always seems to be where you need him to be. 

5.    Courtney Lawes – 7/10 

A fairly comprehensive game for the lock who got the nod ahead of Kruis. Did what he was asked and was substituted in the 63rd minute. 

6.    Tom Curry – 9/10 

A generational talent who is sure to become a legend of the game by the time he retires. Unreal talent in the breakdown, a truffle pig of the most superb calibre and a threat every time he is on the pitch. A well-deserved man of the match. 

7.     Sam Underhill – 7/10 

Linked up beautifully with Curry to prove all the critics wrong. A good performance from the young back row and showed why he makes it into Jones’ 23. 

8.     Billy Vunipola – 6/10

Relatively quiet performance from the big man, not what we’ve become accustomed to from the number 8. 

9.     Ben Youngs – 7/10 

Accurate passing and usually quick to get the ball out of the ruck which kept England on the front foot in attack. Kicked and chased his own pass which put pressure on Australia and forced England line out. Should have a stern word with himself after dropping a ball over the try line though. 

10.    Owen Farrell – 9/10 

Outstanding from England’s captain in every key aspect of the game. Double digit tackle count, racked up 20 points and set up Sinckler’s try. A performance that shut up his critics once and for all. Bonus points for not shoulder charging anyone and for not getting his head smashed in again.  

11.     Jonny May – 8/10 

Earned his 50th cap and backed it up with two tries in quick succession. A player that England are lucky to have with quick pace and the rugby brain to match. 

12.    Manu Tuilagi – 7/10 

A very subdued performance from the usually magic man. Steady from the centre, unwavering in defence but just lacking the magic we are used to seeing from him. 

13.    Henry Slade – 8/10 

A perceptive interception in the first half which was followed immediately by a brilliant kick to put May in for the try. Genius and cool under pressure, Slade showed why Ford was dropped to the bench. Points deducted for a few flubbed kicks. 

14.     Anthony Watson – 7/10 

A relatively quiet performance from Watson except for the interception and try in the 75th minute which put the nail in the coffin for Australia. Good with the high ball but just didn’t manage to assert his authority on the game. 

15.    Eliot Daly – 5/10 

The only question mark for me in the England game. Still not secure under the high ball and was unable to cut through the Australian defence like he usually would. Points deducted for not being Mike Brown (not really but I would if I could). 

AUSTRALIA 

  1.   Scott Sio – 6/10 

Some great tackles which led to turnovers in crucial moments of the game. Scrummaging, however, was lacking. Despite his best efforts to stir the pot, Sinckler managed to contain him with ease, particularly in the second half. 

2.     Tolu Latu – 7/10 

Some insane tackles particularly on Slade to stop England’s momentum in the first 20 minutes and on Billy Vunipola to force a turnover. Steady in the scrum. 

3.     Allan Alaalatoa – 5/10 

A very subpar performance for a tank of a man. Scrummaging began to waver in the second half and was subsequently pulled off. 

4.     Izack Rodda – 7/10 

A good option for his side at first receiver on multiple occasions with some beautiful angles sprinkled in. One of the better players on the Australian team. 

5.     Rory Arnold – 5/10 

A tower of a man who was unable to show off his usual form in this quarter final which cost him in the ratings. Little to comment on and little to praise. 

6.     David Pocock – 7/10 

A sad way for this sensational player to finish his international career but remained stoic in his playing. Showed off his usual breakdown ability and proved to be invaluable in the 16th minute with a much needed turnover. A brilliant player and an even better man. 

7.     Michael Hooper – 7/10 

A servant to the Australian game who just couldn’t seem to get a handle on the game. Some brilliant tackles and steals from the flanker but just not enough to win him the game. 

8.     Isi Naisarani – 7/10 

A great option for carrying the ball and was the catalyst behind Beale’s 30 metre break in the first half. Again, one of Australia’s better players. 

9.     Will Genia – 5/10 

Another player who hangs up his international boots after this World Cup campaign. Unfortunately, he is not leaving on a high. Some very poor box kicks and chips which delivered the ball straight to England’s hands and often within scoring range. Poor from a player who is usually so brilliant. 

10.    Christian Lealiifano – 6/10 

An admirable man who fought to get back into the team after a fight with leukaemia. An admirable performance from the flyhallf who scored 11 points. It just wasn’t to be for the valiant Lealiifano. 

11.     Marika Koroibete – 7/10 

Scored at the beginning of the second half to seemingly swing momentum back to his own side but no such luck. Threatening every time ball was in hand and seemed to score another try but was denied by the referee, Jerome Garces. 

12.     Samu Kerevi – 8/10 

Won the battle of the inside centres and showed his true class, picking up metres all game long. An absolute unit with footwork that most wings would kill for, definitely one of Australia’s shining stars. 

13.     Jordan Petaia – 7/10 

The first teenager to play at centre during a World Cup, the 19 year old managed to produce a performance to be proud of. 3 touches within the first couple of minutes, Petaia is one to watch in the future. 

14.     Reece Hodge – 5/10 

Poor from the usually dependable winger. Got smashed around like bowling pin and couldn’t seem to hold on to the ball for very long. He will be very disappointed in his own performance. 

15.     Kurtley Beale – 5/10 

Known for his risk-taking, his risks bordered on insanity today. His mistakes resulted in England possession and dominance with only a few brilliant breaks that could redeem him. Also acted like an impulsive and impatient junior player when he threw the long pass which was intercepted by Watson. Unimpressive from the gambling man. 

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