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England Player Ratings V Argentina

Eddie Jones’ young England side made history by claiming a series victory in Argentina, where the hosts are known for their hostile reception.   

In a match featuring end-to-end attacking rugby, we rate the entire 23 out of ten.

1) Ellis Genge

A solid enough effort at scrum time and around the park, but was rather shown up by the power replacement Matt Mullan brought to the second half. Genge will become quite some player given time and support to develop. 6

2) Dylan Hartley

Almost perfect at the lineout until a couple of errors late in the game, Hartley was constantly in the Pumas’ faces making life difficult for them. An excellent shift in defence and his wonderful leadership skills were on display once more. 7

3) Harry Williams

Showed glimpses of what he can offer around the park and kept parity with his Argentinian opposite number at scrum time. With England already lucky enough to have two Lions tightheads, Williams now adds a third option alongside Northampton Saints’ Paul Hill. 7

4) Joe Launchbury

Whilst missing out on Lions selection once again due to Warren Gatland’s penchant for geographical proximity, the Wasps lock showed once more why he is now one of the best second rows in the world with a towering performance for his country. He is now developing as a leader for the side and could well takeover from Hartley as captain in the long run. 9

5) Charlie Ewels

A few sloppy handling errors aside, Ewels was excellent at the set-piece and worked well in tandem with Launchbury for England’s first try. He continues to transform into a Test quality lock and will be hoping he can do enough to get into Jones’ thoughts for 2016 ahead of four fantastic options in Launchbury, Lawes, Itoje and Kruis. 7

6) Chris Robshaw

Another Lions outcast, Robshaw was playing his first Test in six months but was superb at the breakdown, intelligent in attack and a machine in defence. He is his generation’s Richard Hill and an absolute shoo-in for selection for Japan in 2019. 8

7) Sam Underhill

Combined really well with Robshaw in his first Test start and made a nuisance of himself at the breakdown and in defence. The Bath flanker needs to continue to develop the attacking side of his game, but he will push Haskell and Wood for a starting spot this autumn. 8

8) Nathan Hughes

Hughes’ stock continues to rise as he looks more and more the part of an international quality backrower. An incredibly difficult player to bring down and increasingly influential in attack. He can challenge Billy Vunipola for a starting spot if he continues to improve as he does. 7

9) Danny Care

Finally appears to be the level-headed scrum half he always looked like he could become. As the Harlequins number nine enters his 30s, he has developed into an abrasive but intelligent scrum half whose game management has improved tremendously. He will genuinely challenge Youngs for a starting spot. 8

10) George Ford

Fly-half Ford has always been dogged by accusations of poor defence and a wayward boot, but this tour has allowed him to emerge from the shadow of Owen Farrell and has fully embraced his added responsibilities. His place kicking was superb over the two Tests and his drop kick to seal the win was symbolic of his raising of his game to a new level. In attack he was part of everything great about his side’s performance. 8

11) Jonny May

You can’t question May’s commitment and his chase kicking game was mostly effective, but needless high tackles took some of the shine off a solid but unspectacular performance. 5

12) Piers Francis

A really positive first half with the inside centre combining well with Mike Brown for his score and showing some deft hands, but his second half kick cost his side a soft score and could well have swung the match. Time spent in the ultra-competitive Premiership with Northampton will improve his composure. 6

13) Henry Slade

Showed really poor hands throughout the match and struggled to get involved. There were no magic moments from the Exeter Chiefs centre this time around. 4

14) Marland Yarde

Put everything into his chase kick game but at times his defence was poor and like May gave away needless penalties with high tackles. 5

15) Mike Brown

Much has been made of Brown’s apparent ‘tunnel vision’ in attack, but he has clearly worked hard to improve his awareness and his passing and the skill he showed for Francis’ try was pure gold. Why is this man not on the Lions tour? 8

Bench:

Matt Mullan – Excellent in the scrum and was essential in a ferocious scrum battle in the second half. 7

Will Collier – Like Mullan, he helped steady a slightly creaking pack at scrum time late in the second half. 7

Mark Wilson – Another solid outing from the Newcastle number eight when he came on. 6

Alex Lozowski – Put in some ferocious tackles that kept an advancing Argentina at bay. 7

Denny Solomona – No last minute heroics were needed this time around and didn’t really get to see the ball much. 5

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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