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England Player Ratings V Fiji

1) Mako Vunipola

Some fantastic driving runs in the first half and some sensational handling skills throughout, including for Alex Goode’s try in the corner, Vunipola is starting to bring an added dimension to England’s attack that makes him resemble more of an All Blacks prop than being stereotypically English. Sometimes struggled at scrum time against an impressive Fiji front row. 8

2) Dylan Hartley

Another solid outing from the England hooker. Imperious at the lineout and reliable in attack and defence, Hartley was unfortunte to have his try ruled out due to Vunipola’s error. Led his team with aplomb once again. 6

3) Dan Cole

Did some good work for England’s early tries, but was shown up at scrum time for the second week in a row. Scrum coach Neal Hatley will have his concerns. 6

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4) Joe Launchbury

Yet another excellent performance from the Wasps second row – dominant in the lineout, excellent in attack and a force to be reckoned with in defence once more. Launchbury will be pushing Maro Itoje all the way for the number four slot once the Saracens man returns from injury. 8

5) Courtney Lawes

Controlled the lineout and has ball carrying abilities have improved immeasurably in recent seasons. England are blessed to have both Lawes and Kruis available at the back of their lineout. 7

6) Chris Robshaw

Not quite as dominant as last week, my MOTM against South Africa was once more everywhere on the pitch, winning important ball that led to a number of England’s well worked tries. Robshaw is the lynchpin of England’s defence and by far the best blindside available to Eddie Jones right now. 7

7) Teimana Harrison

A disappointing game from the recalled openside, who although led the tackle count also missed a number of important ones throughout the match. He did well to score his try, but did very little to suggest he should replace Tom Wood for the challenging fixture against the Pumas next weekend.  Rightfully replaced early in the second half. 5

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8) Billy Vunipola

Certainly not the wrecking ball we saw against the Springboks last weekend, but with injury concerns hanging over the Saracens giant over the course of the week that is perhaps no surprise. He still caused the Fijians problems with his powerful surges up the pitch and was strong presence in defence. 7

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9) Ben Youngs

None of the heroics of last week, but Youngs controlled the game reasonably well and although his passing was at times laboured, this was a solid outing for the England scrum half. 6

10) George Ford

Despite suffering a few early nerves and trying to force attacking moves when they weren’t necessarily on, the Bath fly-half came into his own by the end of the game and was showing off his array of passing and distribution skills against a tiring Fijian side during the match’s denouement. Integral to almost all of England’s scores. 8

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11) Elliot Daly

Even though the Wasps centre and fullback found himself shunted out to the unfamiliar position of wing, he was outstanding for England and this writer’s man of the match for this week. With every opportunity Daly was given he took it and scored a beautiful try in the first half. The Wasps man is such an intelligent player and the kind of utility back that will be at the heart of Eddie Jones’ plans for years to come. 9

12) Owen Farrell

Return to the build-up of England’s early tries and you will see Farrell had a hand in all of them, with the Saracens fly-half working well in tandem with former England U20s team mate George Ford. 8

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13) Jonathan Joseph

Handed a golden opportunity to push for the number 13 shirt for the remainder of the Autumn Internationals and was his usual resilient self in defence, as well as having the foresight for his intercept try. 7

14) Semesa Rokoduguni

Many England fans were vocal in their disappointed at Harlequins’ Marland Yarde being handed the right wing spot over Bath’s in form speedster Rokoduguni, and the recalled Fijian-born winger proved his worth with two excellent scores. Against the giant presence of Nemani Nadolo he stood up to be counted and will be a serious contender to start against Argentina next week. 8

15) Alex Goode

An early fumble was highlighted a man desperate to impress but ultimately nervous, but the Saracens 15 grew into the game and his deft handling skills contributed to a number of the tries scored. However, he still at times looks hesitant in defence. 7

Bench:

Jamie George

His usual lively self when introduced into the game in the second half and contributed well in attack. 6

Joe Marler

Brought some much-needed ballast to England’s scrum and didn’t really put a foot wrong. 6

Kyle Sinckler

An impressive little cameo and a fantastic run that highlighted his potential as a player. 6

Charlie Ewels

Earnt his first cap and showed some glimpses of the skills he offers. 6

Nathan Hughes

Has yet to bring his Wasps form to the international stage. 5

Danny Care

Tried to add some extra impetus to England in attack in the time he had. 6

Ben Te’o

Made some impressive tackles and began to show the power he brings to the England midfield. 6

Henry Slade

Even though he was on the pitch for a short amount of time he was instrumental in Rokoduguni’s second try. He took his chance well. 7

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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