England vs Wallabies: Player ratings

by Sam Phillips

It was a very frustrating night for the Wallabies at Twickenham.

Here's how each player rated in the 30-6 loss.

1. Scott Sio 7

Was one of the more impactful carriers and provided a safe link in trying conditions. Scrum was well and truly on top all night as well.

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau 6

Was his usual industrious self defensively but didn't seek a great deal of work in attack. Undercooked a critical lineout when the Wallabies opted for touch instead of taking points and that triggered a series of blown Australian opportunities in the red zone.

3. Sekope Kepu 7

Arguably Australia's best forward. Did a superb job at scrum time and his work in attack, particularly in the second half, was exemplary. Pumped his legs through three tackle busts and a line break from his four carries.

4. Rob Simmons 4.5

The Wallabies were edged out of the game late in the piece. Photo: Getty ImagesReally struggled in the slippery conditions. Caught upright in first carry and that set the tone for the rest of the night. With Coleman out he was the secondary target outside McMahon and too often he was caught high by English defenders, forcing loose carries or, at the bare minimum, weak ones. Night was summed up when he coughed up the ball with the Wallabies on the attack and minutes later, Daly scored the first try of the night.

5. Blake Enever 5

A ho-hum debut. Carried securely, without having any impact. Did his best work as a lineout target and defensive instrument but there were no big moments to rival the debuts of Izack Rodda and Lukhan Tui in this position, earlier in the year.

6. Ned Hanigan 5

Was regularly the first man in defensively but only had the two carries for zero gain line impact. Subbed at half time after suffering a knee injury, with his tour likely to be over.

7. Michael Hooper 6.5

Michael Hooper was sent to the bin in the first term. Photo: Getty ImagesGave away the penalty which gave Farrell his first points but made up for that by forcing an England turnover with tackles in the 17th minute and 21st minute. Continued his eventful first term with a yellow card in the 32nd minute and tried to make up for that in the second term. Gave his all in racking up 36 metres from nine carries and often threatening the line outside Foley and Beale but the fact of the matter is three penalties and two turnovers to his name made things difficult for the Wallabies.

8. Sean McMahon 7.5

A genuine beast with ball in hand. Had 44 metres from nine carries and shed three tackles. He was Australia's go to man in attack with Adam Coleman a late out and that made him England's number one target, as well. Was busting tackles from the outset and was the only Australian forward cracking the gain line on a consistent basis. Had a brilliant tackle, turnover combination in the 22nd minute to give Foley the Wallabies' first shot at goal but his first half was better than his second.

9. Will Genia 6.5

Genia was best on ground against Wales but he didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the match. That can be attributed to two contributing factors. Firstly, the conditions were dreadful, with the Wallabies spilling plenty of clean ball all night. When they did get clean ball, Genia's forward pack provided far less go forward than they did against Wales and that hurt, as the ball to Foley and Beale not quick enough early and he threw a pair of forward passes early, as the Australians searched for some meaningful attack. A stop-start match that produced a stop-star performance from Australia's star halfback.

10. Bernard Foley 6

Bernard Foley couldn't get the Wallabies' attack going. Photo: Getty ImagesClearly struggling off the tee. Butchered a simple shot at goal in the 23rd minute which would have levelled things up and even the penalty he kicked in the second half was far from a clean strike. Outside of that Foley was good, without being great. The kicking game was turned up a notch but it failed to pin England in their own half, as the back three duly returned serve at every possible opportunity. The attack was a spluttering effort for the majority of the night but both he and Genia were left little choice as the English pack dominated the physical contest.

11. Reece Hodge 6.5

A quiet night for Hodge. Had a loose carry in the 16th minute which gave England prime ball and didn't really have much to do after that, before being called upon in the 49th minute and slotting a 45m penalty for the Wallabies' first points of the night.

12. Samu Kerevi 7.5

Samu Kerevi was one of the Wallabies' best. Photo: Getty ImagesThought he was one of the Wallabies' best. Threw a pass that was lucky to not be picked off in first 10 minutes but outside of that, was Australia's best attacking threat. Had 67 metres from his seven carries, with five tackle busts and two offloads putting the Wallabies on the front foot. Improving in his defensive work, too.

13. Tevita Kuridrani 6.5

Kuridrani was good, without being great. Only had a couple of carries in the first term and didn't have the usual defensive impact that Wallabies fans have come to expect. Most memorable moment came when he spilt a Kerevi flick pass which could have been the finish to the Wallabies' only five pointer of the night.

14. Marika Koroibete 8

Another stellar performance from a player that only made his debut a few months ago. Yet again it was his defensive work that caught the eye, showing brilliant initiative to force two turnovers - one in either half - both coming as England threatened the Australian line. Made the most of the few opportunities he did get with ball in hand, amassing 73 metres, three tackle busts and two line breaks from his six carries.

15. Kurtley Beale 6.5

An up and down night for Beale. Was safe under several early high balls from Ford and Farrell and chimed in at the appropriate times to threaten the English line but he was (dubiously) shown a yellow card and forced his hand from that point forward. Has had far better nights this year.


16. Stephen Moore NA

Played 19 minutes (and therefore not eligible for a rating) but it was his somewhat clumsy obstruction which cost Marika Koroibete a five pointer - a try which would have levelled things up at 13-all. Both scrum and lineout functioned well in his time on field.

17. Tom Robertson NA

Featured for 13 minutes and it's hard to recall a significant moment he had in play.

18. Allan Alaalatoa NA

Entered the fray for 16 minutes and like Robertson, was not sighted.

19. Matt Philip 6.5

Will be putting pressure on both Simmons and Enever for the starting second row spot next week. Had better impact in attack than that pair and is a capable lineout operator.

20. Ben McCalman 6.5

Like Philip, will be pushing for a starting spot against Scotland. Carried the ball over the gain line and put in work defensively.

21. Lopeti Timani NA

Played just the four minutes.

22. Nick Phipps NA

Played 10 minutes and gifted England a try with a wayward pass under pressure.

23. Karmichael Hunt NA

Came on for Kerevi late in the piece but didn't have the desired effect, coughing up the ball when Australia pushed for a late try.