RUCK delivers our player-by-player ratings as England were knocked out the Rugby World Cup by Australia at Twickenham on Saturday night.
15 Mike Brown 5/10
Was his usual impassioned self and prevented a certain try for Isreal Folau early on but failed to provide a threat in attack.
14 Anthony Watson 6/10
The Bath winger was starved of service and endured a quiet evening . However, he took his one big chance brilliantly, powering through a number of defenders to give England some hope.
13 Jonathan Joseph 6/10
Despite some pre-game questions about his fitness, the 24-year-old stood up well in the first period before being forced on to the wing, where he was equally solid.
12 Brad Barritt 7/10
A rare bright spot in a disappointing evening for the hosts. Found a level of performance he hasn’t had for a while and proved to be England’s top tackler.
11 Jonny May 7/10
The Gloucester man looked threatening in the early stages, especially in broken field, but injury put paid to what was looking like a promising night for the winger.
10 Owen Farrell 5/10
The fly-half was limited in attack throughout, despite kicking well. Enjoyed a good defensive performance but picked up a yellow card.
9 Ben Youngs 5/10
From the outset, it was clear the Leicester man wasn’t 100 per cent fit. Despite making early inroads into the Wallabies’ defence, he had to be replaced by Wigglesworth.
1 Joe Marler 4/10
Not a good night for the big prop. Became rattled by his side’s lack of success at the scrum and was penalised for not driving straight. A performance he’ll want to forget.
2 Tom Youngs 7/10
The hooker performed well in a tough night for the pack, carrying well and tackling well alongside good lineout work. Arguably one of his best performances for England.
3 Dan Cole 6/10
The Leicester man was crucial in a successful scrum early on, winning his battle with Scott Sio and England’s forwards suffered without him.
4 Joe Launchbury 7/10
Didn’t look out of place in his first World Cup start. His extra ‘beef’ helped the England pack massively while he made some good breaks in the first half, probably England’s best ball carrier.
5 Geoff Parling 6/10
‘Decent’ would be an appropriate description of the Exeter man’s performance. Did well to retain England’s lineout efforts and did well overall, but England still missed Courtney Lawes.
6 Tom Wood 4/10
The Northampton flanker defended relatively well but was a clear loser in the breakdown battle, outplayed by Hooper and Pocock at crucial stages.
7 Chris Robshaw 3/10
Worked hard but this performance had a defeatist sense about it. The Harlequins man was comprehensively outshone by Hooper and Pocock. Change needed?
8 Ben Morgan 6/10
After Billy Vunipola’s injury, the focus was on the Gloucester number eight this week, but he stood up to the challenge well. Seems to be finally finding some form after that broken leg.
George Ford (for May, 40): Helped haul the floundering English backs into the game 8
Richard Wigglesworth (for Ben Youngs, 49): Impressed in a tough position 6
Mako Vunipola (for Marler, 49): Made some good carries 5
Kieran Brookes (for Cole, 53): Some good work in scrums 5
Nick Easter (for Morgan, 57): No impact –
Rob Webber (for Tom Youngs, 60): No chance to influence –
Sam Burgess (for Barritt, 64): Showed flashes of class in this short cameo 6
George Kruis (for Launchbury, 68)Tackled well 5
15 Israel Folau 8/10
The former Rugby League man had one of his best games for Australia and was a constant threat as part of a dominant back three which dealt well with the loss of Rob Horne early on.
14 Adam-Ashley Cooper 7/10
A forceful presence on the left flank. Had few chances to show his attacking potential but he kept Anthony Watson quiet.
13 Tevita Kuridrani 7/10
He played an important part in Foley’s second try and was an attacking threat throughout, helping to limit the efforts of Jonathan Joseph and Brad Barritt.
12 Matt Giteau 8/10
Justified his return from international exile, capping silky performance amongst the backs by slicing through the English defence with late try that sealed England’s fate.
11 Rob Horne 5/10
Cruelly left the field after just 10 minutes due to an arm injury. Little chance to have his say.
10 Bernard Foley 9/10
The fly-half was considered a steady choice in comparison to Quade Cooper but his selection proved to be a masterstroke. His 28 points put England to the sword and set a new individual record for this fixture
9 Will Genia 6/10
Not quite the force he would have wanted to be, but still caused problems. One of Australia’s more disappointing performers, but a good effort.
1 Scott Sio 7/10
Another solid display from the loose-head, helping further dispel the myth that Australia are a soft touch when it comes to the scrum. Dealt well with the powerful Dan Cole.
2 Stephen Moore 7/10
Australia’s captain worked tirelessly and led by example. Carried well but not a stellar effort from a man who is arguably one of the best hookers in the world on his day.
3 Sekope Kepu 6/10
Struggled in the scrum in the early stages, but recovered from a slow start to produce a forceful effort, helping Australia’s set piece cause.
4 Kane Douglas 7/10
Played a crucial role in set pieces and made sure England suffered a difficult night in the scrum.
5 Rob Simmons 7/10
The Reds’ second row made a number of important tackles while performing well in the lineout alongside a number of strong carries.
6 Scott Fardy 7/10
The Brumbies man is a real workhorse and showed it last night. Got through a mountain of work in both attack and defence, a crucial cog in the Aussie machine.
7 Michael Hooper 7/10
Made sure England found it tough throughout at the breakdown. Made his presence felt with a massive early hit on Owen Farrell but perhaps fortunate to not see a card after a reckless challenge on Mike Brown.
8 David Pocock 8/10
Made a couple of turnovers in the first half when England looked set to pile on the pressure and was an integral part of a dominant visiting back row.
Kurtley Beale (for Horne, 10): Deputised well for the stricken Horne 6
James Slipper (for Sio, 57): Important in the late scrums 6
Greg Holmes (for Kepu, 57): Held the scrum together late on 6
Nick Phipps (for Genia, 60): A lively final quarter 6
Matt Toomua (for Folau, 64): Solid defensive performance 6
Tatafu Polota-Nau (for Moore, 64): Limited chance to perform –
Dean Mumm (for Simmons, 64): Some important runs 6
Ben McCalman (for Fardy, 75):No real impression –