Eng­land man mark­ing

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 - By Steve James at Twick­en­ham

Mike Brown

9 Safe, in­ci­sive and out­stand­ing. One poor early kick but then re­trieved a bob­bling ball in his own 22 be­fore scor­ing an ex­cel­lent try. Added another, too.

An­thony Wat­son

6 Won­der­ful early take in the air but was beaten by Ne­mani Nadolo for his try and could not re­turn the favour in the sec­ond half. Tough night for him.

Jonathan Joseph

6 Won­der­ful hands on a few oc­ca­sions, most no­tably for Mike Brown’s try, but some poor er­rors, too.

Brad Bar­ritt

5 Did not do any­thing that ap­peared to al­ter mat­ters ma­jorly. Poor for­ward pass early in sec­ond half, then a silly block and a con­ceded turnover.

Jonny May

6 Lively and was up­ended nas­tily once. Did well in help­ing pre­vent Nikola Matawalu’s try but did not have the op­por­tu­nity to break free.

Ge­orge Ford

6 Was ob­vi­ous that Fiji were try­ing to tar­get him very early on. Other teams will do this. Never shirked the chal­lenge, mind, but Owen Far­rell is push­ing him.

Ben Youngs

5 Re­ally poor start, let­ting the kick-off bounce and a cou­ple of poor passes, and never re­ally found his form.

Joe Mar­ler

6 Is he be­com­ing a worry? Cer­tainly does not ap­pear to be the player of last year. Un­der a lot of pres­sure at the scrum­mage but did im­prove. Tom Youngs

6 Strik­ing at the scrum­mage is still a prob­lem. Con­trolled the driv­ing line-out that led to the penalty try and was typ­i­cally lively in the tackle and loose.

Dan Cole

6 Will be as wor­ried as any­one about the scrum­mage. It is not nec­es­sar­ily his fault but he is the corner­stone. Not seen in the loose. Un­usu­ally lost his rag. Court­ney Lawes

6 Eng­land need more from him, es­pe­cially in terms of car­ry­ing. Lost one ball in con­tact but made a very good firsthalf turnover.

Ge­off Par­ling

6 Did noth­ing wrong but his se­lec­tion is be­com­ing con­tentious. Fixes the line-out, but Eng­land lose bulk at the scrum and abil­ity to turnover at break­down.

Tom Wood

8 In good form. Has taken on board call to be more in­flu­en­tial and not just sim­ply work hard. Won the Fiji li­ne­out on their own line that led to a Brown try.

Chris Rob­shaw

6 One of those per­for­mances that his crit­ics would find it easy to crit­i­cise. Grafted hard but just did not have any sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence.

Ben Mor­gan

5 Not at his best. Usu­ally has good hands but they let him down on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions here. One un­nec­es­sary pass out of the tackle. Re­place­ments Rob Web­ber 5, Mako Vu­nipola 5, Kieran Brookes 7, Joe Launch­bury 7, Billy Vu­nipola 7, Richard Wigglesworth 5, Owen Far­rell 7, Sam Burgess 6

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