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“Incredibly harsh” – Ugo Monye slams referee decision that cost England the win against France

7. Sam Underhill – 7

Couldn’t get out of the way quickly enough, as a breakdown obstruction handed Thomas Ramos a shot at goal for a 3-3 equaliser. Did well to fly up off the flank for hits on Alldritt at the beach of the scrum. Massive clear out at 29 minutes, as he sent his opponent flying at the ruck. Made a tackle whilst on the floor at 30 minutes, which gifted France a penalty. Couldn’t close down Ramos fast enough, as he slid into the tackle with the fullback volleying the ball into the back-field for the 60th minute try. (Off for Dombrandt – 66).

8. Ben Earl – 8

This man only knows one gear and it is as fast as possible. Relentless around the park with tackles and carries that battered on Les Bleus. Great carry from the back of the scrum at 29 minutes, as he alleviated pressure. Great searching runs, as he made key yards in the run up to Lawrence’s second try, and for Marcus Smith’s impressive score. Shifted over to the flank when Dombrandt is introduced.


16. Theo Dan – 6

Once again given an extended run in the side, and not there to simply make up the numbers for the captain. Made some good tackles in the loose, with good pace for a front rower.

17. Joe Marler – 7

Immediately tasked to halt a rolling maul, and play peacekeeper when Marcus Smith clashed with Thomas Ramos. Nailed in the ruck at 58 minutes, and gave some appreciatory taps on the head to the French heavy hitter. Great tackles after he called for a ‘Big D Set’ as England geared up for defence late on.

18. Will Stuart – 6

A strong showing from the replacement tight-head, who did his best to lift the tempo at the set-piece and around the carry. Pinged by the assistant referee at 68 minutes, for illegal action in the maul.

19. Ethan Roots – 6

Came off the bench like a cannonball, as he was immediately involved with carries and tackles. Back in the squad after falling out of recent favour, and battled hard with Cunningham-South out of the fold.

20. Alex Dombrandt – 6

Shifted around the back-row with his introduction, as Earl moved across from number eight to flanker. Great turnover at the ruck, as he stole the ball for a 72nd minute penalty.

21. Danny Care – 6

His future hangs in the balance, with discussion around his test match retirement after the Six Nations. Made his 101st cap off the bench, and ignited the move that ended up with Freeman’s try in the corner.

22. Marcus Smith – 7.5

On at fullback as George Furbank after seven minutes, as the Saints man injured his calf muscle in the early goings. Strong takes under the high ball in his return to the back-three. Sold the dummy by Thomas Ramos, in the run up to the opening French try. Had to put on the afterburners to beat Bielle-Biarry to the ball after Penaud’s kick. Great effort on the 37th minute kick chase, to tackle Ramos into touch. Great effort to step passed Penaud and Ramos, for a stunning try. Great pop pass to Freeman to set up the late try.

23. Manu Tuilagi – 6

In for his first match of the competition, and could well be his last match in England shirt. On for his 60th cap at 60 minutes.