Home Rugby England Player Ratings V Scotland

England Player Ratings V Scotland

As England roared to a superb victory over Scotland and sealed back-to-back championships in the process, we rate all of the home team’s 23 out of 10.

1) Joe Marler

Had the edge over Fagerson at scrum time early on. England’s pack was almost totally on top at scrum time in the match and Marler was part of a whole pack effort that produced a simply fantastic platform for Ford and Farrell to work their magic. 7

2) Dylan Hartley

Looked far more abrasive and involved than he has done during the rest of the tournament. At his very best Hartley is an excellent international class hooker, and there were more than just glimpses of him at his top form in the first half. Ripping the ball off Scotland later on showed his increasing contribution and in many ways was unlucky to not get longer on the field. 6

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

3) Dan Cole

Got on top at scrum time in the first half and did what was required of him. England’s best tighthead at scrum time and the reliable ‘old’ head they need for these important battles. 6

4) Joe Launchbury

England’s workhorse in the second row but part of an effort that allowed England’s back division to soar. He has taken on the mantle of his nation’s hardest working player from Chris Robshaw and is now a crucial player for his country. 8

5) Courtney Lawes

His carrying continues to improve and this was definitely one of his best games for his country. More and more he looks like a world-class lock, something that will make former coach Martin Johnson very happy. 8

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

6) Maro Itoje

As was the case towards the end of the Italy game, Itoje was employed out on the right wing at times and worked in tandem particularly well with Nowell early on in the match, but he is such a smart player and he brings an added dimension to England’s game in attack and defence. 8

7) James Haskell

Quiet in the loose for most of the match but did his job at the breakdown. It says a lot about how much Haskell has improved as a player under Jones that you’re always a little disappointed when he’s not showing off his dancing feet in attack. 6

8) Nathan Hughes

Brilliant break in the second half in an otherwise quiet game. A silly late tackle could have been a lot worse if not for the intervention of the TMO. It needs to be said, though, that the comparisons with Vunipola need to stop. Hughes is a different kind of player that England don’t always play to his strengths. 5

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

9) Ben Youngs

His delivery looked slicker in the first half today and his decision making sharper than it has been this Six Nations. Managed the game well in the first half. His box kicking kept a calmness and coolness to his country’s game early on. 8

10) George Ford

His intelligence was crucial in everything good about England’s attack in the match. He set up Watson’s eventual try superbly with the time and space given to him by Scotland’s ailing defence. When Ford is at his most confident and given the space to shine he is lethal. 10

11) Elliot Daly

A powerful but ultimately dangerous tackle from Fraser Brown effectively put an end to Daly’s game. Not enough time on the pitch to be given a score.

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

12) Owen Farrell

His work with Ford was beautiful at times – slick passing and telepathic awareness. This was one of his best games in an England shirt in terms of attack, Scotland were completely bamboozled by the opposition’s 10/12 partnership. Surely the pair must be in pole position now to start for the Lions in the summer? 10

13) Jonathan Joseph

A poor mis-tackle but an excellent running line from Joseph led to England’s first score with only 3 minutes on the clock. His second try was Guscott-esque in its footwork – a fantastic score. Joseph had one of his best games on a rugby pitch and was a giant in defence as usual as well. 10

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

14) Jack Nowell

Really smart play from the Exeter winger throughout the match with the diminutive bottle rocket popping up all over the pitch. He didn’t see as much of the ball as Brown or Watson, but certainly made his contributions count. 8

15) Mike Brown

As per usual, solid at the back and superb under the high ball. Brown continues to be consistent, if not quite having the counter-attacking prowess of a few years ago. 7

Finishers

Jamie George

A solid game for the last 30 minutes, and just as consistent as Hartley was in the first half. 6

Kyle Sinckler

Did nothing wrong during his time on the pitch – the Harlequins tighthead is quickly building up test experience and will surely be given his chance to start in Argentina this summer. 5

Tom Wood

No real impact during his time on the pitch. A solid enough effort but nothing particularly special. Chris Robshaw will add greater depth to the side when he returns. 3

Billy Vunipola

He comes on and scores pretty much straight away. Lovely work in attack to set up Danny Care for his try. A world-class player who must surely start against Ireland in Dublin. 7

Danny Care

Tried to make the most of his opportunities after being frustrated against Italy a fortnight ago. Care was zippy in attack and is just the kind of ‘finisher’ England need in the second half against Ireland in the final match of the Six Nations. Two tries in the second half was just reward for his contribution. 7

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

Ben Te’o

Used his physicality well when he come on and made important tackles as Scotland tried to find a way back into the match. A different kind of player for England to have coming off the bench to inject power against tiring opposition legs. 6

Anthony Watson

He showed great understanding with Joseph for his try and showed how much his country have missed his finishing skills since the summer tour of Australia last year. Watson was a constant thorn in Scotland’s side and he and Nowell must start against Ireland if fit. 8

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

About The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team. If you would like to join the team, drop us an email at write@punditarena.com.