Ireland v England 6 Nations 2013: England player ratings
15. Alex Goode: 7
Much better from Goode. Assured under the high ball and composed in his general play in what were horrific conditions for the backs.
14. Chris Ashton: 4
How has he survived this long without being able to tackle? Was shocking in defense, although thankfully the conditions dictated his missed tackles didn’t lead to anything. Anonymous in attack.
13. Brad Barritt: 6
More sterling defensive work from Barritt, in a game made for him. It was tight, all about making the hard yards and shackling the opposition on the gain-line – both of which he did well.
12. Billy Twelvetrees: 6
Not quite the fireworks of last week but a solid follow-up performance from the man known as 36. A couple of solid runs and a big kick were his only real contributions.
11. Mike Brown: 6
Once again top of the metres-made stats, Brown doesn’t tend to do anything that takes the breath away, but rather the basics very well. On a day like that in Dublin, it was exactly what England needed from him.
10. Owen Farrell: 8
The man with ice in his veins. Nerveless from the tee and boisterous in defence, Farrell is growing into a fly-half of real quality. In better conditions he will still have to prove himself in attack, but in the wet his game management was again sublime.
9. Ben Youngs: 8
Like Farrell, backed up superb Scotland performance with another here. Sniping runs kept the Irish defence honest around the fringes, and his box-kicking was well-directed.
1. Joe Marler: 7
Didn’t dominate the Irish scrum the way Corbisiero did last year, but then it was a much-improved Irish unit this time around. More obvious in the loose this week, Marler relished the close nature of the encounter.
2. Tom Youngs: 5
In tough conditions, the line-out somewhat fell apart in the second half. Not entirely to blame, but must take the brunt of it. To his credit, he is still fantastically busy in the loose.
3. Dan Cole: 7
How often is he the first man to the breakdown? Doesn’t always win the ball but slows it down at least. Consistently one of England’s most important performers.
4. Geoff Parling: 6
Made 10 tackles, an impressive figure for a lock forward, but along with Tom Youngs must take some blame for line-out malfunctions in the second half. Could have been more obvious in the loose.
5. Joe Launchbury: 6
A quiet game from the young Wasps lock, which is disappointing. Conditions meant the ball had to be kept tighter, and we didn’t really see Launchbury making the hard yards at close quarters. Still bags to come from him, though.
6. James Haskell: 7
A cynical yellow card was the only blemish on an otherwise assured performance from Haskell. Some huge hits and strong carries defined a good game for the Wasps-man.
7. Chris Robshaw: 9
Another titanic performance from the England captain, who seems to have finally grown into that role. Topped the tackle charts with 14 and also made more ball-carries than any other forward. Superb in leading an England team to a first Six Nations win in Dublin for 10 years.
8. Tom Wood: 7
Adapted to the no.8 role well in Ben Morgan’s absence, and his versatility will be useful when considering, say, summer touring parties… More good breakdown work allied with strong tackling meant this was another performance typical of Wood.
Courtney Lawes made a huge physical impact but seemed to get slightly carried away and ended up leaving the pitch in a daze. Manu Tuilagi was more obvious in 35 minutes than most of the other backs were for the whole game, but couldn’t quite finish a move that would have put the game to bed. Mako Vunipola made a few strong carries but didn’t do anything more than Marler had.
By Jamie Hosie
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