How England’s players rated in Six Nations win over Italy



ngland bounced back from their shock home Calcutta Cup defeat by Scotland with a comfortable win over Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’ defending champions ran in six tries during a straightforward 41-18 victory at Twickenham, including a sensational score from Jonny May and fellow wing Anthony Watson’s eye-catching brace.

Standard Sport’s Matt Majendie was at Twickenham to run the rule over England’s performance…

Missed tackles on Monty Ioane at the start of each half but was solid under the high ball and so often the launcher of England’s counter-attacks.

Was at fault in defence for the opening try but scored his 19th and 20th tries for England, in contrast to first getting his hands on the ball seemingly on the hour mark a week ago. So versatile, he even had a run at No8.

A good link man and nearly got his own try, but one wonders how Ollie Lawrence might have done if given the chance.

Much maligned during the Scotland loss, he was far more assured as England’s leader getting in the faces of the opposition.

He scored well for his Superman moment and looked perpetually hungry for the ball, even getting in the mix in rucks and mauls.

Launched counter-attacks and changed the direction of play nicely with his kicking out of hand, but let Tommaso Allan through for second Italian try.

The scrum-half was guilty of two woeful passes in the opening 20 minutes and was the first man replaced with half an hour still left.

The Saracens prop had warned it would take time for him to get up to speed but he added experience to the pack.

Perhaps a surprise starter but, aside from the back three, he was arguably England’s most ever-present runner in the loose with 14 carries and 59 metres made.

He kept his language in check on his return from a ban for swearing at a referee, and shone both in the set-pieces and in the loose.

In Italy’s faces from the start, he still looks a little short of his very best but even that is better than most locks in the world.

Hill’s match will be remembered for his first international try in six starts but England’s least experienced starter was a constant menace.

Added greater combativity from the base of the scrum after being drafted in to replace Mark Wilson.

Curry always seems to come off the field with his jersey more muddied than any other player and proved ever-present with a series of thundering tackles.

He stopped a possible try on brink of the half-time break and had a good charge down moments later, but he’s not back to his barnstorming best just yet.

After his hooking rival’s performance, he has his work cut out to get the No2 jersey back.

Added some potency to England’s front row when he came on, and seemed to enjoy Jack Willis’ try more than anyone.

On too briefly to make an impact but important to get at least some game time ahead of Wales.

Showed solidity in the pack when brought on to replace Hill, and looks likely to be an understudy at best for the next game.

Did well as Jones overhauled the pack, having to work hard in a back row that had Watson added to it late on.

Hard to judge him as he was only on the field for a short time, scoring on his Six Nations debut before coming off with a hideous-looking injury.

Enjoyed a great break on the hour mark just shy of the try line and more assured at the base of the scrum than Youngs.

Had a late cameo but couldn’t get himself a try like the starting back three.

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