Old Mutual Wealth Cup – England v Barbarians player ratings

Old Mutual Wealth Cup – England v Barbarians player ratings

How did the young England side and experienced Barbarians players perform in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup final at Twickenham?


15. Mike Brown Cover tackled strongly to keep the Barbarians attack at bay while carrying bravely as usual. 6.5/10
14. Nathan Earle Started off with a crucial turnover before following up with a huge hit on Saracens teammate Alex Goode. The young man then finished well to give England the lead early on and was a threat all afternoon. 8.5/10
13. Sam James The Sale centre was sat on his backside by Richard Hibbard early on but grew into the game and supplied a world-class offload for Earle’s try. 7.5/10
12. Alex Lozowski Departed early and will be a worry for the tour to Argentina. 3/10
11. Jonny May Had a lot of the ball but pretty ineffective compared to Earle. 6.5/10
10. George Ford Controlled the game exceptionally and kicked predominantly well other than one wayward penalty in the first half. 8.5/10
9. Danny Care Sporting a newly shaved head, the scrum-half ran the show before completing the try-scoring late on. 7.5/10
1. Ellis Genge Lived on the edge with the referee at times but scrummaged well, giving the exciting England backs a base to play off.. 7.5/10
2. Jack Singleton Solid performance from the young hooker; scrummaging well and throwing well in the lineout. 7/10
3. Will Collier The Harlequins prop showed Kyle Sinckler isn’t the only exciting front-row prospect coming out of South-West London. 7.5/10
4. Charlie Ewels Efficient in the lineout and busy at the breakdown. 7/10
5. Nick Isiekwe Some had dubbed him the new Maro Itoje and he showed the great potential he has here. He also grabbed a try! 9/10
6. Chris Robshaw Captained the side superbly. Exceptional work rate from the first whistle to the last 7/10
7. Sam Underhill The flanker was off after 35 minutes with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. He had impressed before then. 6/10
8. Josh Beaumont Great shift from the Sale number eight. Kept steaming over the line to keep England moving 7/10
Replacements: George McGuigan 6/10, Ross Harrison 6/10, Jamal Ford-Robinson 6.5/10, Tom Ellis 6/10, Tom Curry 8.5/10, Mark Wilson 7/10, Richard Wigglesworth 5/10, Mike Haley 7/10


15. Alex Goode Simply brilliant. Was a threat all afternoon and his pass to Ashley-Cooper was perfectly timed for the Wallaby to dot down after the break. 8/10 
14. Timoci Nagusa Hard to keep down. Sprung up all over the pitch and proved difficult to tackle. 7/10
13. Yann David Big strong midfield unit who always takes some stopping. 6.5/10
12. Francois Steyn Good support running but ultimately failed to make the impact he would have liked. 6.5/10
11. Adam Ashley-Cooper The 33-year-old was a constant threat showing he’s still a quality player. 8/10
10. Ian Madigan He showed flashes of brilliance but had a fe dodgy kicks, 6.5/10
9. Kahn Fotuali’i Ball of energy who kept propelling the BaaBaas forward 7/10
1. Miheil Nariashvili Hard day at the scrum, being yellow carded in the second half 5.5/10
2. Richard Hibbard The Gloucester player of the year carried superbly and was a nuisance around the park. Scrum not as good 7/10
3. Census Johnston 6/10
4. Patricio Albacete 6.5/10
5. Jeremy Thrush 6.5/10
6. Thierry Dusautoir He’s been an exceptional leader all his career and put in another inspiring display here, even making an amazing offload in true Barbarians fashion. 8/10
7. Steffon Armitage Exceptional at making close-quarter metres. Was also still speedy for his advancing years. 7/10
8. Facundo Isa Colossal effort from the Argentinian 7.5/10 
Replacements: Schalk Brits, Ben Franks, WP Nel 5/10, Joe Tekori 6/10, Gilian Galan, Ruan Pienaar 5/10, Robbie Fruean 6/10, Horacio Agulla