England 57-31 SA Barbarians North – England Player Ratings
15. Nick Abendanon – 8
A first England appearance for some time and he made it count with a hat-trick. Couldn’t catch Englebrecht for the 1st try but nearly got there. Superb feet for the 2nd.
14. Christian Wade – 6
Lovely assist for Abendanon’s first score but couldn’t repeat his hat-trick from last Wednesday.
13. Anthony Allen – 7
Excellent distribution in midfield and a couple of big hits. Has enjoyed a fantastic season. Deservedly grabbed a try when he supported Karl Dickson.
12. Jordan Turner-Hall – 6
Industrious in his first phase crash ball role, but rarely spectacular.
11. Ugo Monye – No score
Worryingly carried off on the stretcher and replaced by Jonny May. Has left hospital but is out of the 3rd Test.
10. Charlie Hodgson – 6
Fine afternoon but a missed tackle on a much smaller scrum-half dented his performance.
9. Lee Dickson – 7
Nice early break showed ambition and he responded to pressure for his Test spot.
1. Matt Mullan – 6
South African props are typically unforgiving as the Worcester man has no doubt discovered on this tour. Began to get on top in the latter stages but Joe Marler and Alex Corbisiero stand in his way.
2. Tom Youngs – 7
Very strong prospect in the loose and threw well in the lineout. Possibly enough for a bench spot in the final Test.
3. Paul Doran-Jones – 6
Another unpleasant afternoon at the scrum, especially in the 2nd half, but put in his fair shift of work around the fringes.
4. Graham Kitchener – 6
Took a great restart in the 2nd half and began to carry well. Yet to truly wow in a white shirt but is highly rated, bringing the grunt in the scrum.
5. George Robson – 7
Great hands for Jonny May’s second try and lead the team well on tour. Breakthrough season for the Harlequin.
6. Jamie Gibson – 6
Hasn’t had much of a chance to shine on tour and a couple of errors here undermined his performance. Yellow carded for a cynical block.
7. Carl Fearns – 8
Couple of strong bursts, showed that can cause damage going forward as well as in defence. Prospect for the final Test.
8. Ben Morgan – 7
That was more like it. A confidence inducing try and some effective carrying.
Jonny May nearly stole the headlines from Abendanon with an excellent brace of tries, whilst Karl Dickson looked sharp after coming off the bench for his brother. Joe Gray was also better than last week.
by Ben Coles