England player ratings vs Georgia: George makes history at Twickenham

On the one occasion England’s backs really stretched their legs with a scything move, Daly provided the finish. A generally positive return from injury and spent the last few minutes in his favourite position, outside centre.  

Only lasted 38 minutes, but played very nicely in a roving role. His final act was to set up Daly’s try. Was battered in the process and forced off with a back spasm. Was much more than just a right winger, which is exactly what Eddie Jones asked of him. Fortunately, the injury does not sound too similar.  

Played very nicely on his first start. Good hands early on, strong kick chasing, and never afraid to carry. Encouraging. Would be good to see him start again against Ireland.  

Involved in the build up to Daly’s try but not his busiest afternoon. Jones doesn’t believe the two centre positions are different, but it does feel like he is more influential from No13.  

Not at his best, with one comedy kick in the first half and conceding a penalty for a high tackle in the second. Became more involved as the game wore on.  


Farrell was predictably dependable

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A very steady showing from the England captain. He was as vocal as ever and managed the game well, pushing Georgia back with his tactical kicking. Was solid from the tee too.

These were not simple conditions in which to play scrum-half. But his passing was pretty slick, and kicking plenty made more sense than it sometimes does.  

Does not get a start too often, but seized his chance with a fine showing in tight and loose. Part of that excellent scrum performance, and carried busily. A maturing force who should always be in the 23.  

Scored on the occasion of his 50th cap in Rome a fortnight ago, and added three more today. They were all very similar, but becoming England’s first hooker to score a hat-trick is some achievement. Excellent in all other areas, too.  

His first start for England, and a very promising performance. A big part of the scrum dominance. Passed a big test with flying colours.  

England’s go-to man at lineout time and therefore a great help in George’s try-scoring work. Not certain of involvement in England’s 23, but never lets them down.  

Helped Willis over the tryline. An example that his weight was handy at scrum and maul time. A strong 80-minute shift.  


Itoje in action

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Change of position, but no change of influence. A nuisance at the breakdown, made 11 tackles, and carried the ball well too. Scarily consistent.  

Was given 46 minutes on his debut. That was enough to score one try, have another chalked off. By the time he went off, no one had carried the ball more often.  

Had a busy game without any particularly eye-catching moments. Just kept punching over the gainline, little positive contribution by little positive contribution.  

Replaced George in the final 15 minutes – a tough act to follow. But was tidy at set piece and in defence.  

Did not keep up the level set by Stuart, conceding a couple of penalties after being brought on with Mako Vunipola for the last half-hour.  

The first sub to come on for tactical reasons. Had one notable carry and was busy in the tackle. Very loud at scrum time.  

Spotted a gap and nipped over for a first Test try. There was one loose pass later, though.  

Slightly strange that he remained on the right wing throughout, rather than shifting to his preferred outside centre, but did a decent job after coming for the injured Joseph.  

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