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“A colossus in Marseille” – England’s five best players against Fiji

#3. Owen Farrell

RUCK 8/10: “An excellent showing from the boot, with eagerness to kick to May and Daly out wide early on. Left his mark with a less than perfectly timed tackle on Botitu, after just four minutes. A strong showing from the boot to find touch, with a slight blemish coming from the tee as he hit the post once. Imposed his physicality with strong hits, and ignored the claims for a high tackle on Radradra following his own kick-chase. Back to his best, exciting signs from Farrell who gave a true captain’s contribution both in attack and defence. Nailed a Wilkinson-Ford esque drop goal, and beat the kicking stop clock.”

Evening Standard. 9/10: “The captain and talisman delivered in every facet to prove exactly why he had been restored to fly-half for this clash. Has to stay there now for England.”

Planet Rugby 8/10: “A couple of missed kicks but it was probably England’s best attacking performance of the tournament, with Farrell directing operations excellently. Still wince when he tackles so upright but got away with it this time.”

Express 8/10: “Under pressure to justify his selection, controlled game for large parts and even dropped a goal.”