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?

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ENGLAND
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

BARBARIANS 

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
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