England player ratings vs Australia: Freddie Steward the shining light but Tom Curry impressive as ever

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England player ratings vs Australia: Freddie Steward the shining light but Tom Curry impressive as ever

England moved their winning streak against Australia to eight matches with another impressive display.

Will Macpherson was at Twickenham to see Eddie Jones’ side in action

15 Freddie Steward - 9

England’s shining light at the back. Such a steady hand under the high ball, and confident with ball in hand. Not 21 until next month, looks a hell of a prospect.

14 Manu Tuilagi - 6

Wore 14, but was not used a wing, really. Mainly operated in midfield and as a bombing runner, but did not often meet the first man. Dropped a kick off, which will concern Jones.

13 Henry Slade - 7

Another who was operating in a different part of the field to what was advertised. Kicked nicely, and generally ran well, but butchered the overlap that followed.

12 Owen Farrell - 7

Missed last week’s game against Tonga because of a false positive, and started well here. One missed kick for goal and another for touch. Operated at first receiver a lot, which took the pressure off Smith, but went off injured late on.

11 Jonny May - 6

Restorative double last week, but did not get much ball, despite being England’s only conventional wing. One good tackle to bundle Australia into touch.

10 Marcus Smith - 7

Lovely pass to put Steward in, but perhaps was trying a little hard to make things happen on his first game against a big nation. Was solid in defence, making 12 tackles.

9 Ben Youngs - 6

Perhaps became a little sluggish with his delivery as the game wore on, and his box kicking was not accurate enough. But there were no major errors.

1 Bevan Rodd - 7

Thrust in to start on debut in a position of proper depth for England. Gave away two penalties, one at the scrum, and stayed on the field until late in the day, showing some nice hands. All in all, should be happy with his bow.

2 Jamie George - 7

Hauled off at half time with an injury after an eventful showing. Would have scored but for White’s brilliant tackle, and barnstorming run ended with a yellow card for Tom Wright.

3 Kyle Sinckler - 6

Despite an early injury, he was very busy carrying, and produced some lovely hands. Was England’s senior front rower in the second half.

4 Maro Itoje - 7

Led England out on his 50th cap but was not at his most dominant and conspicuous. Vital at the set piece, and a key leader, even if Jones is not making that official right now.

5 Jonny Hill - 8

Looked hugely pumped up before the game. A big second half carry almost resulted in a try and very solid in the nuts and bolts of his job.

6 Courtney Lawes - 7

The veteran is in rude form. Was box office as captain against Tonga, but his excellence this week was more about industry.

7 Sam Underhill - 7

England did not enjoy the dominance they desired at the breakdown, but Underhill was busier with ball in hand than usual.

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8 Tom Curry - 8

Not much he can’t do these days. Topped the forwards’ tackle count, carried hard. Started as the only No8, ended as one of three.

Selected Replacements

16 Jamie Blamire - 7

Blamire is enjoying a remarkable start to life at Test level, as the first England forward to score in his first four matches (he has six). Made more metres than anyone else, but it will know he needs to do better at the set piece, having lost two lineouts.

20 Alex Dombrandt - 8

Two lovely cameos, where his lovely ball skills were very evident. Deserves more minutes, but that will happen in time.

21 Sam Simmonds - 7

Back after more than three years away, but only for a few minutes at the end. That was long enough to receive a massive ovation and put Blamire away for his try.

23 Max Malins - 7

Came on for Farrell in his first appearance of the autumn to give England a more conventional shape. Is just a sharp operator.

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