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England vs Australia: Second Test Player Ratings

Angus Cross reviews each and every England player’s performance following Eddie Jones’ side’s historic series victory down under. 

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1. Mako Vunipola: 8.5

A magnificent performance from Vunipola. His basic skills, for a prop, are marvelous and his work rate is unprecedented by another loosehead prop in world rugby.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Mako Vunipola of England is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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2. Dylan Hartley ©: 8.5

Hartley scored only his second try in international rugby and his sheer determination to win the game was evident in the way he defended.

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3. Dan Cole: 8

Cole dominated the scrum yet again, and is enjoying his return to the top of the props under Eddie Jones. England have found their first-choice front row.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Dan Cole of England replaces his jersey during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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4. Maro Itoje: 8

Not for the first time, Itoje played like a man twice his age. He continued to batter the Australian attack and showed real leadership.

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5. George Kruis: 6

Kruis uncharacteristically struggled at the lineout, but otherwise was his usual menacing best around the field.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: George Kruis (L) and Maro Itoje of England celebrate after thier victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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6. Chris Robshaw: 9

His best ever game for the country he used to captain. Robshaw took responsibility to be the leader on the occasion of his 50th cap.

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7. James Haskell: 8

Haskell backed up last week’s heroics with another telling contribution and is up there with Owen Farrell as the best player on tour.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: James Haskell of England runs with the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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8. Billy Vunipola: 8.5

Vunipola was again magnificent and one of the many stars of this England team. For his size, and the dominance he displays through his carrying, it is terrifying to think he is only 23 years old.

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9. Ben Youngs: 6.5

Youngs endured some wayward kicking but otherwise controlled the game well.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Ben Youngs of England celebrates a try by team mate Owen Farrell during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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10. George Ford: 7

Ford was recalled to the starting team after performing well in the first Test and added some neat touches to a game dominated by power. He stood his ground well and did not hide away from the heavy Australian runners.

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11. Jack Nowell: 7

Nowell had no real opportunity to challenge Australia with the ball, but his overall work rate justified his recall to the starting XV.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Jack Nowell of England is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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12. Owen Farrell: 9

Farrell can now truly be considered a world-class operator. He scored 18 points in the game, as well as 24 in the first Test, and is one of the first names on an impressive team sheet.

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13. Jonathan Joseph: 7

Joseph would not strike a spectator as being a very wise and competitive defender, yet on more than one occasion he led England’s line and was brilliant in his role.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Dane Haylett-Petty of the Wallbaies is tackled by Jonathan Joseph during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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14. Anthony Watson: 7

Watson’s kick chase was excellent throughout and he had a nice break in the first half.

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15. Mike Brown: 7

The 30-year-old had his best performance for a while in a game where his defence needed to be perfect. I would still replace him with Alex Goode for the third Test.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Mike Brown of England is tackled by Toby Smith of the Wallabies during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Replacements:

16. Jamie George: 7

George was recalled for Luke Cowan-Dickie and produced a moment of magic with an excellent grubber kick that finally put the game out of Australia’s reach.

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17. Matt Mullan: N/A

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18. Paul Hill: N/A

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19. Joe Launchbury: N/A

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20. Courtney Lawes: 7

Lawes’ good run towards the end of the game provided the platform for Farrell’s try.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Courtney Lawes of England is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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21. Jack Clifford: N/A

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22. Danny Care: 7

He was lively and always looked for opportunities, even when England were starved of possession.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Danny Care of England and Billy Vunipola of England celebrate winning the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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23. Elliott Daly: N/A

Daly earned another cap of many to come, I am sure.

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Angus Cross, Pundit Arena

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