England player ratings: Fantastic Freddie Steward leads the way in big Japan win

England's Freddie Steward scores during a Test against Japan Credit: Alamy
England's Freddie Steward scores during a Test against Japan Credit: Alamy

England returned to winning ways in the Autumn Nations Series with a dominant 52-13 triumph over Japan at Twickenham, here’s the player ratings for the Red Rose.

15 Freddie Steward: Continues to grow in the Test arena, with his aerial prowess evident every time he steps on the field. A brilliant all-round performance with the game’s first try whilst having a strong influence in Marcus Smith’s second crossing. 9

14 Joe Cokanasiga: Put in a solid performance after being drafted into the starting line-up just before kick-off. Accomplished under the high ball, was busy the whole game and looks to be a useful player in the England set-up. 7

13 Guy Porter: A solid performance from the Leicester Tiger, who bagged a brace of tries through solid work rate and game awareness. Justified his position in the starting XV. 8

12 Owen Farrell: The veteran put in a commanding performance, which saw his link-up with Smith bear fruit whilst controlling the game well, including a clever kick for Porter’s second try. Solid off the tee and class overall. 8

11 Jonny May: A wonderful display after making a remarkable recovery from injury. Busy and involved as usual, his yellow card prevents him from having a higher rating. 7

10 Marcus Smith: Scored a brace of tries whilst laying off a lovely pass to Steward for England’s first try. Still growing and developing, but another good performance from the playmaker. 8

9 Jack van Poortvliet: Good energy, good support play and a decent kicking performance. He is certainly an asset in his distribution and how he controls the pace of the game. 7

Solid foundation

8 Sam Simmonds: Carried well, contributed positively to link-up play and was industrious throughout. The Exeter Chief will be pleased with his efforts in a strong win for England. 7

7 Tom Curry: A solid game without setting the world alight. Fulfilled his role without doing a great deal to stand out. 6

6 Maro Itoje: A great lineout option used fairly frequently, and whilst the Saracen did have a good game, he is still more effective as a second-row. 6

5 Jonny Hill: Continues to look more and more at home in Test rugby. Hill was lively at times in broken play and solid in the set-piece. 7

4 David Ribbans: A promising debut for the Northampton Saint, who paired well with Hill and, just like his second-row partner, was lively in broken play, carried well and executed the fundamentals. 7

3 Kyle Sinckler: Solid at scrum time, contributing to England’s dominance in that facet which helped the side leverage the game. He was fairly quiet otherwise, but his influence was obvious when the front-row replacements struggled at scrum time. 6

2 Luke Cowan-Dickie: Unfortunately was not on song with his lineout throwing but was good otherwise without being outstanding. 6

1 Ellis Genge: A key man for England, and this showed today with a solid scrummaging performance. The Bristol man carried strongly, including a powerful try. 8

Replacements: Scrum dominance was lost to some degree when the front-row changes came on. Outside of that, Henry Slade put in an energetic cameo and was influential in Smith’s second try. 7

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