England continued their unbeaten 2016 with a comfortable 58-15 demolition of Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.
England winger Semesa Rokoduguni had a marvelous game with two tries as well as 163 metres on the ground in a man of the match performance.
Eddie Jones side ran in nine tries to three as they cruised to an easy victory in London but here’s how the players fared individually.
FB 15 Alex Goode – 7 – Dropped his first high ball of the game but settled more and more into the game as time wore on. Was solid but probably did not do enough to displace Mike Brown. Nabbed his first international try in the 55th minute.
RW 14 Semesa Rokoduguni – 10 – Tackled hard and looked to attack at every opportunity. Sensational linebreak in the first half and was rewarded for his efforts with a brilliant solo try after 14 minutes. Added another walk in try with 15 minutes to go. England’s best on ground.
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph – 8 – Crossed for England’s first score and looked very dangerous on the edges. Plucked a wayward Josh Matavesi pass out of the air before touching down for an intercept try.
IC 12 Owen Farrell – 8 – Nailed his first conversion and set up Joseph with a brilliant delayed pass for Joseph’s first score. Has had better days from the tee but was solid overall.
LW 11 Elliot Daly – 9 – Surprised a few with his selection on the wing but displayed his all round skillset and caused Vulivuli and Masilevu a lot of problems on his try. Was exceptional in his first outing on the wing.
FH 10 George Ford – 9 – Brilliant ball to Daly for England’s second try and steered England around well showcasing his full array of passing. Great pass to Rokoduguni that ultimately led to Alex Goode’s try and put the Fijian in untouched with 15 to go.
SH 9 Ben Youngs – 7 – Great box kick that ultimately led to Elliot Daly’s try. Pushed the pace but never really tested Fiji around the fringes like he did with South Africa.
N8 8 Billy Vunipola – 7 – Dropped a kick-off and was far from his rampaging best. Still made metres when he carried but the game was so far away from a viable contest that it allowed Vunipola to generally coast.
OF 7 Chris Robshaw – 7 – Great one on one strip that led to Elliot Daly’s try and looked very comfortable on the side of the scrum.
BF 6 Teimana Harrison – 8 – Got his first try off the back of the maul and benefited from a rambling England forward pack. Got through a tremendous workload making 12 tackles and was very solid opposite Chris Robshaw.
RL 5 Courtney Lawes – 7 – Got through a lot of work in defence with 10 tackles but never really got an opportunity to display his sheering athleticism with just nine metres from five carries.
LL 4 Joe Launchbury – 9 – Scored a try from an English maul and performed well alongside Courtney Lawes. Finished off a great move from Henry Slade and showed great hands to put Nathan Hughes through a hole. Made a team high 13 tackles. One of his best performances for England.
TP 3 Dan Cole – 6 – Was predictably solid in the scrum but ran through the motions otherwise.
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) – 6 – Accurate with his line-out but otherwise had a very quiet game making just four tackles and three carries before departing before the hour mark.
LP 1 Mako Vunipola – 8 – Great half break in the lead up to Joseph’s first try and scrummaged very solidly. Showed quick hands to set up Alex Goode’s try.
HK 16 Jamie George – 6 – Has probably been England’s form hooker in the Premiership but his opportunities were limited to showcase his skills.
PR 17 Joe Marler – 5 – Replaced Mako Vunipola with 30 minutes to go but offered very little on the day. In no danger of challenging Mako for the English number 1 jersey.
PR 18 Kyle Sinckler – 7 – Great run through the middle of the Fijji defence when he came on and offered good energy off the English bench.
LK 19 Charlie Ewels – 6 – Carried strongly after coming on for Courtney Lawes but won’t have given Eddie Jones much food for thought about pushing for a starting place.
N8 20 Nathan Hughes – 6 – Tried to drive over from two metres out when England were pressing on Fiji’s line. Offered good support play off a Joe Launchbury run but has had much better outings for Wasps.
SH 21 Danny Care – 6 – Never really got quick ball when England were on the front foot but was patient in the lead up to Rokoduguni’s second try.
CE 22 Ben Te’o – 6 – Smashed Vulivuli with a big hit when he came on but was otherwise very quiet in his 25 minutes of play.
CE 23 Henry Slade – 7 – Provided a great pass to Billy Vunipola that led to a Joe Launchbury score. Looked very comfortable at 12 and a real weapon for England off the bench.
FB 15 Metuisela Talebula – 7 – Looked dangerous on the edges and made a great offload to Masilevu in the first-half. Fiji’s most creative player and touched down for a well deserved try to start the second-half.
RW 14 Benito Masilevu – 7 – Looked lively in attack when he got the ball and played a key role in setting up Nadolo’s first try.
OC 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma – 5 – Very quiet game at outside centre. Made a couple of good tackles in defence but offered no real dynamism for Fiji in attack.
IC 12 Albert Vulivuli – 6 – Made good metres when he got the ball and showed a great set of hands to set up Nadolo’s try. Caught out on Daly’s try but one of Fiji’s better performers.
LW 11 Nemani Nadolo – 8 – Offloaded nicely to Talebula on a half-break in the first half but never got the time or space to really get going. Caught out of position on a Ben Youngs box kick but otherwise was Fiji’s best player. Bundled over Rokoduguni for Fiji’s first try.
FH 10 Josh Matavesi – 4 – Very underwhelming at outhalf. Primarily used as a distributor and offloaded unnecessarily before throwing a horrible lofted pass that led directly to a Jonathan Joseph intercept try.
SH 9 Serupepeli Vularika – 6 – Attempted to pick up the pace of the game when he had the opportunity but was playing behind a pack that got little to no go forward ball.
N8 8 Akapusi Qera (c) – 7 – Great in support play and carried bravely but could only do so much behind a Fiji pack that was throwing the ball around with little to no regard.
OF 7 Peceli Yato – 6 – Bounced off Ben Youngs late in the first-half and carried well. One of Fiji’s top tacklers on the day.
BF 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu – 6 – Fiji’s top tackler in defence but offered very little going forward.
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa – 7 – One of Fiji’s best players and scored a great try, bustling and stretching his way to the line before slamming the ball down.
LL 4 Api Ratuniyarawa – 5 – Carried the ball eight times for 11 metres and made just three tackles. Very quiet afternoon.
TP 3 Manasa Saulo – 5 – Was solid enough in the scrums but offered little elsewhere.
HK 2 Sunia Koto – 5 – Misfired on a Fiji line-out five metes out and very much ran through the motions before being replaced by Tuapati before the hour mark.
LP 1 Campese Ma’afu – 5 – Was replaced within the opening five minutes by Peni Ravai.
16 Tuapati Talemaitoga – 5 – Replaced Koto after 50 minutes but misfired horribly on his first line-out. Afternoon didn’t get much better from there.
17 Peni Ravai – 5 – Made some strong carries but was stripped by Robshaw in a routine hit up that ultimately led to Elliot Daly’s first score.
18 Lee-roy Atalifo – 4 – Replaced Saulo in the scrums but never registered a carry or tackle. Physically present but made no impact.
19 Nemia Soqeta – 5 – Came on late but offered no real improvement to the Fiji pack who were crying out for some spark and punch. Wasn’t the man to provide it.
20 Naulia Dawai – 6 – Offered a bit of punch off the bench and probably should have came on sooner.
21 Eremasi Radrodro
22 Niko Matawalu – 7 – Looked very lively after coming on and certainly sped up play for Fiji. Exposed England a number of times around the ruck.
23 Kini Murimurivalu – 6 – Great break in the open field with less than 10 minutes to go but was about the height of his contribution as England grinded out a one-sided win.
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